The conflicting state of biometrics support and acceptance

This is a guest post by Kayla Matthews, a biometrics and technology writer. Since the Internet is foundational to almost every aspect of modern life, we regularly endeavor to make it a safer and more comfortable place to be. A big part of that journey is making our authentication methods — passwords, encryption and biometrics — stronger and more dependable. But biometrics, in particular, have struggled with adoption and an apparent lack of public trust. With cyberthreats increasingly a top-of-mind

Putting technology at the heart of our post-Brexit immigration system

This is a guest post by Nora Blomefield, Head of Marketing for Border Management at Gemalto. As the ongoing saga of Brexit negotiations continue, attention is turning to what the UK’s borders might look like as part of a new arrangement. With traveller numbers only likely to increase over the next few years what is clear is that the process is only going to become more complicated. In fact, Brexit could cause travel chaos. In a matter of years, Brits

How biometrics can fight synthetic identity fraud

This is a guest post by Kayla Matthews, a biometrics and technology writer. Identity fraud is a major issue today, and it’s only getting more advanced. You may think people who engage in stealing identities take details from single individuals and assume those personas. That practice still occurs sometimes, but synthetic identity fraud is even more widespread. The basics of synthetic identity fraud People involved in synthetic identity fraud take bits of information from various victims and combine it. They

Seamless financial services: the challenge to deliver both security and convenience

This is a guest post by Xavier Larduinat, Head of Banking and Payment Innovation at Gemalto. Since the dawn of the smartphone just over 10 years ago, consumers’ approach to banking and payments has changed radically. For many, the ability to access account information or make payments via an app has become so prevalent that physically visiting a bank branch is a novelty. While specific services might still need to take place face-to-face, for most people a smartphone represents the

Blockchain, biometrics, and the future of financial services

This is a guest post by James Stickland, CEO of Veridium. Continued innovation in financial services is driving more banks to take a closer look at digital currencies like Bitcoin. With more consumers and enterprises embracing this new trend, it is essential for financial institutions to get on board and fully understand the impact that digital currencies and the related technology of blockchain will have on their operations and security. So what is blockchain? Why are banks embracing this technology?

Is Mastercard bridging the gap from passwords to biometrics?

This is a guest post by Thomas Yohannan, a mentor at Alchemist Accelerator. MasterCard rolled out an interesting initiative a few weeks back in South Africa. The company developed cards with an additional layer of security to counteract fraud — a biometric fingerprint sensor. By combining chip technology with your fingerprint, the company can now verify the cardholder’s identity for in-store purchases. The process is quite simple in that you stick your card into the terminal during payment. The biometric

Why are under-display fingerprint sensors the next goal in biometrics?

This is a guest post by Kayla Matthews, a biometrics and technology writer. The race to create an effective under-display fingerprint sensor that can also be economically mass-produced is on. But what’s the big deal? Why do so many companies in the biometrics industry want to get in on this new technology? Screens Take Over Smartphone fingerprint scanners that can be used to verify identity and unlock a phone, authorize a purchase or start a download are now common. However,

Synthetic identities: more real than you think

This is a guest post by Ryan Wilk, vice president of customer success at NuData Security, a MasterCard company. When a family member dies, there are myriad things to look after from closing bank accounts, sorting belongings and notifying everyone they did business with. It would feel like the worst that could happen just did – until you find out that your elderly relative had defrauded companies and individuals for hundreds of thousands of dollars! While that may sound like

How government biometrics are moving into the private sector

This is a guest post by Ethan Ayer, CEO of Resilient Network Systems. Biometrics have been used in the government sector for many years, with fingerprint recognition being the first practical adoption of the technology. Over a century ago, law enforcement began fingerprinting criminals, recording them on paper cards which were stored in filing cabinets and warehouse repositories. Today, advances in computer and mobile technology allow a police officer to readily fingerprint a suspect using a biometrics app downloaded to

The future of biometrics and authentication

This is a guest post by Jeff Nolan, CMO of SecureAuth. As the threat landscape broadens, it’s essential that organizations adopt techniques that bring greater security and ‘close the front door’ to attackers, as stolen credentials are still one of the biggest threats. But at the same time, it’s essential not to put more barriers in the way of users and bother authorized users with processes unless there is a risk. Fortunately, there are multiple methods of authentication that are