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Crossing Digital Lines & Creating Digital Identities

The Weekly Cypher is specially curated to keep you up-to-date on the latest in cybersecurity, biometrics, and related news and innovations. Here are a few of the headlines you might have missed this week.

NHS Considers Biometric Authentication For Digital Identity System | ITPro

Increasing its efforts to digitize health services in the UK, NHS Digital announced the creation of a platform where patients can access their health records online. While the plan is in the early stages, the platform will include multi factor authentication services equipped with biometrics to verify citizens’ identities. However, the NHS’s increased digital identity efforts have come under fire, considering its failure to satisfy cybersecurity assessments last year. [Read More]

Latest Apple Patent Covers Vascular Biometrics | Find Biometrics

Apple’s latest biometrics patent might hint at a new authentication method for the next iPhone model. Titled “vein imaging using detection of pulsed radiation,” this patented biometric authentication method differentiates itself by using forehead veins rather than finger or palm veins. Since patents never guarantee that the technology hits the stands, we’ll have to keep a watch out for where this vein recognition solution pops up. [Read More]

South African Home Affairs Announces Automated Biometric Identification System | Business Tech

The department of Home Affairs in South Africa recently announced plans to consolidate South African and foreign nationals’ data into a single database, the Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS). Using a mix of fingerprint, facial, and iris recognition technology, ABIS will identify and verify people to match with the current Home Affairs National Identification System (HANIS). Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba hopes this integration will reduce long queues in home affairs offices. [Read More]

White House Eliminates Cybersecurity Coordinator Role | The New York Times

In the wake of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal and multiple local government data breaches, the White House has eliminated the position most central to cybersecurity policy. John R. Bolton, the new national security adviser, assures cybersecurity experts and policymakers that lower-level officials have made cybersecurity a core issue in the national security team and taken over the responsibilities of the role. [Read More]

China Opens World’s First Human-Free Bank Branch | The Guardian

Use of robots and facial recognition tech is steadily on the rise in China. In the latest news, China Construction Bank opened a completely automated banking branch with robot guards and teller machines, and more facial recognition cameras than ever before. Part of a growing amount of robot workers in China, critics point to the quantity vs quality of the robot industry. [Read More]

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