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Biometrics are Changing Our Lives

Veridium Author | June 24, 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:

Should Cybersecurity Get a New Language? | FedScoop

With terms like “zero-day attack” and “advanced persistent threat,” many feel that the language used in cybersecurity is too similar to that of armed conflict. Some scholars believe that the language we use to shape the terms and ideas behind cyber protection and attacks creates an exclusion/inclusion model for the industry as a whole. Layman computer users become intimidated by security, and in some cases, the terms used could instill a fight or flight response, which doesn’t help when making rational, informed decisions regarding cyber threats. [Read More]

Biometrics Rising in Homeland Security | Biometric Update

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been making significant investments, both in time and money, toward biometrics. One year ago the DHS issued a Biometric Strategic Framework that focused on updating biometric collection systems and centralizing federal and international biometric databases to enhance real-time access and the use of new biometric modalities. Furthermore, the agency plans to implement the Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART), a replacement for the Automated Biometric Identification System, this summer. These efforts are focused heavily on border control and internal security. [Read More]

Banks Turn Focus on Biometrics | The New York Times

More financial institutions are agreeing that the password is dead. From Bank of America to JPMorgan Chase, more banks are turning to fingerprints and facial recognition to protect access to customer accounts. Some of the largest banks in the country have already deployed biometrics as part of their consumer mobile apps, and millions of users are expected to opt into biometric authentication over the coming months. While different firms are offering varying solutions to identity verification, the trend is clear that biometrics are quickly replacing the password in terms of prefered login method for many. [Read More]

FBI Face Database Goes Far Beyond Original Scope | Breitbart

In 2014, when the FBI announced its facial recognition database, representatives stated that it would include around 51 million images, most of them of civil and criminal mugshots. However, the Government Accountability Office recently issued a report showing that the database now holds over 411 million photos, and only 30 million of them are of criminals. The report notes that the rest of the images are from passport, the Defense Department, and drivers license databases. However, civilian images are not included in the primary search algorithm of the database. [Read More]

Consumers Love Biometrics, But Not When They’re Unsolicited | Search Marketing Daily

A recent survey in the United States found that 67 percent of consumers are comfortable using their smartphones when shopping in a store to check product reviews or authenticate purchases. However, the same percentage said that companies using onsite cameras to identify high-value shoppers and share identity information with salespersons is “creepy.” While many felt that photo recognition technology is “cool,” the idea of it being used in a scenario like in the film Minority Report crosses boundaries. [Read More]

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