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

3 things needed before biometrics can go mainstream

This is a guest post by Kayla Matthews, a biometrics and technology writer. Biometrics have started to gain more ground and visibility in the world market. Expected to be worth $34 billion USD by 2022, the global biometrics market is an exciting industry to be apart of, indeed. Yet, though the potential advantages of using biometrics are many, a few things need to happen before we can really start implementing this technology in its full capacity. 1. Better Data Breach

Why usability matters

This is a guest post by Joey Pritikin, VP Sales and Marketing at Tascent. Showing your ID at the airport is one thing. But using your eye as your passport? It might feel like a big step. Nevertheless, iris scanning and other forms of biometrics will soon be common sights at airports around the world. Airports all over the world are installing biometrics to streamline the traveler journey, from airplane entry gates to baggage pickup. The Australian government plans to

Will biometrics improve payment card security?

This is a guest post by Kayla Matthews, a biometrics and technology writer. Most of us are familiar with the concept of biometrics — the science of using fingerprints and other unique identifiers to increase security. Many smartphones are already equipped with fingerprint scanners that people can use instead of entering a password or PIN to secure their phone. Could this biometric technology be used to secure other things we use every day, like debit and credit cards? Biometrics and

Security cameras in the UK will scan thousands of soccer fans’ faces in June

This is a guest post by Kayla Matthews, a biometrics and technology writer. From airport body scanners to metal detectors at museums, we’ve become accustomed to increasingly advanced forms of security in public places. However, security officials in the United Kingdom will take things to the next level by using security cameras with face scanners. Learn how this particular advancement might affect human safety, as well as how the security field has changed in recent years. Football Fans and Others

Trends and perspectives in the use and security of biometric technologies

This is a guest post by Sándor Bálint, Security Lead for Applied Data Science for Balabit The use of biometric technologies is clearly on the rise. Physiological and behavioral biometric data is being collected in quantities never seen before, and the possibilities to collect such information has also reached unprecedented levels. One contributing factor to this is the availability of data analysis solutions that are able to deal with massive amounts of information, making it possible to collect, store and