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

Visa study finds Australians prefer biometrics over PINs for payment authentication

Visa released its sponsored YouGov study that found that Australians are slowly accepting the idea of making payments via Internet of Things (IoT), as long as they can use biometrics for authentication, according to a report by ZDNet. The report states that 29 percent of Australians are comfortable with the idea of using internet-connected devices, such as a virtual assistants or smart fridges, to make payments. The figure, which more than doubles the 12 percent reported in September 2016, is

NIST finalizes digital ID guidelines, eliminates changing of passwords

Federal scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have eliminated outdated requirements for the agency’s digital identity authentication guidelines, such as regular changing passwords as well as adding new standards for the use of biometrics, keysticks and other two-factor authentication tokens, according to a report by Cyberscoop. The final document, dubbed NIST Special Publication 800-63 (PDF), marks the third version of the guidelines and the result of more than a year of public consultation, according to NIST Senior

Passwords: Getting the NIST of It

This is a guest post by Robert Capps, VP of business development at NuData Security Is the age of using passwords dead? Passé, so to speak? The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has amended its password recommendations for Digital Identity guidelines. This codification of standards for government agencies, businesses and consumers includes a resource for password security. These new standards are commonsense updates to the widely deployed user authentication regime of usernames and passwords. The new guidelines drop

Gigya survey finds that 42% of consumers have poor password habits

Gigya has published a new study entitled “2017 State of Consumer Privacy and Trust survey”, revealing that many people have poor password habits with 42 percent of consumers admit to using four or fewer passwords across online accounts. The research shows how consumer trust and a business’s reputation remain uncertain as brands delay adoption of stronger authentication methods to protect online consumer identities. The survey found that 68 percent of consumers are concerned about how brands use their personal data,

Samsung says enterprises need to be more proactive about using biometrics

A recent Samsung blog post discussed how enterprises can no longer depend entirely on passwords as an authentication method for their employees’ corporate or personal devices. The blog post emphasizes the “growing problem” of password management, citing the statistic that the average person only uses a few passwords across their 27 online accounts. The same research also found that as many as 37 percent of people say they forget a password at least once a week, and even more disconcerting,

Experts say constitutional protection for passwords doesn’t apply to biometric security measures

The face recognition security feature for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 will not have the same legal protection of a password, as constitutional protection for passwords typically do not apply to biometric security measures, according to a report by The Verge. Samsung confirmed last week that its upcoming Galaxy S8e will feature facial, iris and fingerprint recognition, enabling users to unlock the smartphone by scanning their face. Under the Fifth Amendment, which protects Americans from having to incriminate themselves, passwords

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

BluStor to launch innovative consumer password product at RSA

The security industry has already accepted the end of the traditional access control regime of usernames and passwords. What shape the shift will take is less certain, however. BluStor believes it has the answer, in the form of a smart card that acts as a local-storage password manager secured by multi-factor biometrics. At the upcoming RSA Conference, Feb. 13 to 17 in San Francisco, BluStor will unveil its Password Vault, which due to its ease of use as a companion

Intel Security intros multi-factor authentication password manager for Windows Hello

Intel Security has integrated the True Key extension with Windows Hello to deliver a seamless multi-factor sign in experience on Microsoft Edge. Windows 10 customers can now enable the new True Key app extension integrated with Windows Hello on Microsoft Edge to ensure an easier and more secure method of unlocking their online accounts. The True Key app provides built-in multi-factor protection, allowing users to increase their online security by replacing their bad password habits with the creation of long,