Cybersecurity in 2018: drastic measures for drastic times

This is a guest post by James Stickland, CEO of Veridium. Many of us were affected by the Equifax data breach, but those of us in the cybersecurity industry were shaken to our core. The fallout of this and other major cyberattacks over the last few years has yet to be fully realized, and the sheer scale of these breaches has caused many enterprise leaders in security to finally call for a complete rethink of their strategies going into the

Biometrics in air transport: transforming the passenger experience

This is a guest post by Nora Blomefield, Head of Marketing for Travel Segment & Border Management Offers, Government Business Unit at Gemalto. The arrival of biometrics is radically transforming the passenger experience in airports. This new technology, combined with new self-service solutions, now offers the means to address today’s security challenges, the search for enhanced quality of service, while catering for the sustained growth in passenger numbers. The challenges facing air passenger travel today Over the last two decades,

This bank in Thailand enabled biometric access for their mobile app

Passwords have long been an outdated form of authentication, and are often the weak link in an otherwise solid security process. The world’s most popular password is 123456, with the second being 123456789. Ouch. Mobile devices are now being developed to include a new form of authentication related to biometric data. In short, the technology allows you to unlock your device via your fingerprint, voice, facial contours and even your iris pattern. When it works, it’s a neat way to

Seamless integration of fingerprint sensors into mobile phones

This is a guest post by Dr. Rouzet Agaiby, Senior Business Development Engineer at FlexEnable. The adoption of biometrics in smartphones started with the introduction of fingerprint recognition technology in Apple’s iPhone 5 in 2013. Soon after many other smartphone OEMs started integrating fingerprint sensors, and more recently facial recognition, either as multi-modal or standalone user authentication solutions. Today, fingerprint sensors remain the most commonly used biometric authentication technology in mobile phones, and their integration continues to be a hot

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