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Equiniti looking to test biometrics technology for cyber security


Technology, finance and administrative services firm Equiniti announced it has partnered with the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) in Belfast, which is the UK’s lead university center for cyber security technology research.

In partnering with the organization, Equiniti said is particularly interested in testing some of the biometric technologies being developed at CSIT.

One of CSIT’s key areas of technological development is intelligent surveillance systems which rely on face-recognition technology, including audio-visual gender profiling and multi-camera people tracking in 3D.

Equini said that these biometric technologies could offer a number of applications across its own business services to boost efficiency and reduce the chance of fraud.

“CSIT is the UK’s centre of excellence for research into cyber security and one of the top cyber security clusters in Europe, so it makes perfect sense for Equiniti to support the Centre and to benefit from its ground-breaking work,” said Owen Lamont, Equiniti’s managing director. “Belfast has a strong reputation as a growing IT and cyber security hub and Equiniti is well positioned to feed into this expertise through our Northern Ireland operation.”

Ninety percent of UK organizations have experienced a security breach in the past year, according to UK government figures released last month.

“Having Equiniti as a member and collaborative partner helps to apply our cyber security expertise into an even wider range of applications in business,” said Stephen Wray, commercial director at CSIT. “Cyber security is an important element in maintaining trust in business, so we look forward to developing solutions that can be used to limit fraud and protect extremely sensitive data from malicious cyber-attacks.”

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