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Biometric Authentication is Evolving

Veridium Author | June 17, 2016

The Weekly Cypher is specially curated to keep you up-to-date on the latest in cybersecurity, biometrics, and related news and innovations. This week’s topics are:

Hackers Thrive on Outdated Authentication Practices | Biometric Update

Chris Gerritz, a former cybersecurity officer with the U.S. Air Force, recently launched a new network security company that is focusing ongoing beyond passwords. According to Gerritz, we need to change our mindset on cybersecurity, assuming we’ve already been hacked, rather than preparing for a future attack, and implement security solutions that seek to route out attackers that are already in the system. He believes that doing away with passwords is one step of this strategy. Gerritz notes that biometrics and alternative multi factor authentication solutions are much harder to hack, and should be implemented for privileged account management. [Read More]

Deep Learning-Based Facial Recognition Could Improve Biometric Authentication | Planet Biometrics

Researchers from Turkey are evaluating the use of deep-learning on facial recognition tools, helping dramatically improve the performance of this biometric. Traditional face recognition methods extract “hand-crafted shallow features” from images, using several algorithms and patterns. Deep learning-based solutions would be much more robust at recovering misaligned images and localization errors, the researchers stated. Different factors that can be taken into consideration include head pose angles, upper and lower face occlusion, poor illumination, and more. These issues can complicate accuracy in “wild datasets.” [Read More]

FBI Developing New Biometric Solution – Tattoo Recognition | Inverse

The FBI recently paired up with the National Institutes of Standards and Technology to launch Tatt-E, a tattoo recognition evaluation strategy that could help law enforcement agencies identity individuals by their tattoos. The effort would lead to the development of software based on facial recognition solutions, which could pick out and identify a tattoo from a crowd or an image and run it against a database of the tattoos of known criminals or suspects. The strategy was born out of the need to improve the way to identify tattoos beyond verbal description. [Read More]

Department of Defense to Adopt Biometrics for Network Access Control | Planet Biometrics

The Pentagon plans to phase out the Common Access Card (CAC) system, replacing it with biometric access control. Eliminating the CAC would provide more agility and efficiency to login processes for personnel. The new system will incorporate multi factor authentication, including iris and behavioral analytics. Terry Halvorsen, CIO of the Pentagon, stated that this plan will be implemented over the next two years, and while the CAC may still be used for building access, all information systems will migrate to the new strategy, based on the Pentagon’s public key infrastructure encryption architecture. [Read More]

Terrorism Threats May Be Driving Fingerprint Access Control Systems Market | Transparency Market Research

Fingerprints are the most ubiquitous, easily accessed biometric for security solutions. Industries ranging from the military to healthcare have been adopting fingerprints as a way to identify individuals more accurately and swiftly than traditional paper documents. In fact. recent market trends show a continuously steady rise in the adoption of fingerprint access control systems. However, this growth also coincides with the increasing threat of crime and terrorism across the globe. According to Transparency Market Research, many sectors were considering upgrading to biometric authentication, but the main deciding factor to make the change has been the growing threat of terror attacks. [Read More]

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