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Mobile Devices Are Driving Biometric Innovation and Use

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:

Startup Purchase Supports Apple Facial Recognition Rumors | Engadget

Rumor has spread that Apple will be enabling additional forms of biometric authentication on its 10th Anniversary iPhones launching later this year, but a recent purchase of the RealFace startup has added fuel to the flames. The mobile giant acquired the Israeli startup earlier this week, which produces a deep learning-based face authentication system. Other rumors indicate the firm will be removing the home button-based fingerprint sensors from this year’s model, as well as enabling wireless charging, allowing them to make the device 100 percent waterproof. [Read More]

More Government Agencies Embracing Biometrics | FedTech

From Department of Defense to Homeland Security, more government agencies are focusing on securing data access this year, turning to biometrics to get the job done. These agencies often already use biometrics for certain levels of security access, but the growth of easy-to-deploy biometric technologies may allow wider adoption. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has been working to develop guidelines for such deployments, as well as testing newer solutions that would reduce the cost of implementation. [Read More]

New Study Highlights Weakness of Voice Biometrics | DarkReading

We’ve long said that voice biometrics are the worst form of authentication. Susceptible to environmental concerns, as well as being unreliable at best, voice recognition is best suited to being a tertiary form of authentication or for personal use. A recent report from Pindrop supports this, highlighting the error-prone nature of voice biometrics and recommending anyone using the technology for security purposes use more accurate and reliable options such as fingerprint or hand recognition. [Read More]

Biometric Technology is Expanding, Unlocking New Possibilities for Security | CIO

Even as more industries embrace biometrics, we’re seeing new waves of emerging technologies in this area boost the potential of biometric authentication. Enabled by the ever-growing mobile industry, biometrics is rapidly expanding to allow authentication via behavioral traits, body odor, ear recognition, even DNA. All with the use of easy to transport devices, like smartphones and other dedicated tools. Furthermore, increasing focus on biometrics is also driving a standardization on the global and local levels, with research by NIST, FIDO, and the development of the IEEE 2410 Biometric Open Protocol Standard. [Read More]

New Samsung Developments Add Fingerprint Authentication to Windows 10 | The Verge

With increased focus on IoT and device compatibility, Samsung recently announced that a future update to its Samsung Flow app will allow users to unlock their Windows 10 PCs with a fingerprint on their Samsung smartphone. The Flow app already provide cross-device authentication with Samsung’s Galaxy TabPro S, which runs a Windows 10-based operating system. This new development would allow the same app to work with any Windows 10 PC that’s paired with the device, an interesting development in companion device use cases. The update is expected to come in April 2017. [Read More]

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