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

Do self-driving cars dream of authentication protocols?

This is a guest post by Jonas Lamis, VP of Marketing at Nok Nok Labs. William Gibson is known for his quip, “The future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed.”. From my house in Palo Alto, CA, you can see that future bright as day. Every 15 minutes or so, a funny looking electric two seater dome-car will hum by. I mean literally hum. They must have embedded some sort of hum generator in the cars because otherwise

Personal banking: meet Alexa, Siri and Cortana

This is a guest post by Michael Boukadakis, the founder and CEO of Enacomm. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is no longer science fiction. It’s an emerging business technology that is beginning to transform industries, including banking. Oxford Dictionaries defines AI as the “theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages.” Once a futuristic concept, one-tenth of companies in the financial services, manufacturing, retailing,

Using biometrics to marry trust and convenience in the banking world

This is a guest post by Howard Berg, Senior Vice President Gemalto, MD of Gemalto UK Ltd Last month, a new survey of UK consumers found a growing appetite for the use of biometric methods to access and authenticate online banking services. In particular, it found that consumers would prefer to use fingerprint recognition than the traditional methods of passwords or memorable questions, which have been undermined by ongoing data breaches and hacking scandals. The news is unsurprising given the

Hand vein authentication bolsters Sarbanes-Oxley compliance

This is a guest post by Fatima Alali and Paul Sheldon Foote, Professors of Accounting at California State University, Fullerton. Notorious frauds such as Societe Generale and UBS highlight the importance of internal controls. In spite of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX or SOA), external auditors continue to disclose large numbers of material weaknesses in internal control systems of many public companies. In some cases, external public accounting firms have reported these material weaknesses for the same companies for

Biometrics in security: protecting sensitive PII and the sanctity of user identity

This is a guest post by David D. Dunlap, Co-Founder and Senior VP of Corporate Planning, StoneLock Our personal identity is our single greatest asset – after all, how can one function in the world without an identity? However, the use of technology to assign identities warrants the need to balance out the requirements for security with the vital necessity of protecting individual privacy. The use of biometrics has been the subject of serious debate in the Security Industry for

We know you miss your phone, but will it miss you?

This is a guest post by Robert Capps, VP of business development at NuData Security Nomophobia is a distinctly 21st-century phobia, and one that may not be immediately recognizable but the symptoms associated with it will be strangely familiar to millions around the globe. That’s because this new phobia refers to the anxiety people experience when being out of contact with their mobile phone. While this may seem to be a truth self-evident to many, supported by recent studies such

Eliminating passwords in the enterprise

This is a guest post by John Spencer, Chief Product Officer at Veridium Did you know that the average IT team spends more than 7 hours a week resetting employee passwords? At a company with 3,500 end users, that’s more than 45 work days per year. That’s a lot of time spent on a single task, time that could be better spent improving security, fixing other systems, and deploying new technology. Passwords are costing enterprises time and money, with significant