Russian Cyber Attacks Causing Chaos In The White House

By Constantine von Hoffman | July 20, 2018
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. White House in Chaos Over Russian Cyber Attacks | Washington Post President Trump’s contradictory comments about Russian cyber attacks against the […]
Read More

From Anthropometry to Fingerprint Systems

By Asem Othman | July 19, 2018
This is part of a series of blogs diving into the technical aspects of Veridium’s distributed data model, biometrics, and computer vision research and development by our chief biometric scientist Asem Othman. In the nineteenth century, Alphonse Bertillon, a French policeman, was the first to introduce the science of identifying a person based on his/her […]
Read More

What Is A Biometric System, and How To Secure It

By Asem Othman | July 19, 2018
This is part of a series of blogs diving into the technical aspects of Veridium’s distributed data model, biometrics, and computer vision research and development by our chief biometric scientist Asem Othman. In our vast, inter-connected world, the need for reliable identity authentication techniques has become of paramount importance. And addressing this need is the […]
Read More

Authentication is in the Iris of the Beholder

By Asem Othman | July 19, 2018
This is part of a series of blogs diving into the technical aspects of Veridium’s distributed data model, biometrics, and computer vision research and development by our chief biometric scientist Asem Othman. The term ocular, derived from its Latin root oculus, broadly refers to the anatomical regions and structures related to the eye. Ocular biometrics refers […]
Read More

The Problem of Racial Profiling and Facial Recognition

By Constantine von Hoffman | July 18, 2018
In theory, biometrics should be free of the idiocy of racism. A fingerprint cannot tell you how much melanin someone’s skin has. Ditto an iris, a voice pattern, etc. Unfortunately, there is the problem of facial recognition. As Joy Buolamwini of MIT and Timnit Gebru of Microsoft found in their research of three commercial software systems: […]
Read More

White House Helps Chinese Teleco ZTE Despite Security Risks

By Constantine von Hoffman | July 13, 2018
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. White House takes major step to help Chinese firm ZTE despite security concerns | Washington Post The Commerce Department took a […]
Read More

Identification vs Verification: What’s the Difference?

By Ian E. Muller | July 12, 2018
Often, when people think about biometrics-based access management and security, they think of two different words: Identification and verification. However, when it comes to actually implementing and using access control systems and setting up a security infrastructure that deploys biometrics, they often confuse these terms and how they apply to their security needs. It can […]
Read More

Biometric Identification or Biometric Authentication?

By Alan Goode | July 11, 2018
What is Biometric Identification? We use terminology on a daily basis, sometimes without fully understanding its true meaning. Technology is full of terminology that can even baffle the experts, and one area that often causes confusion is biometric identification and biometric authentication. Biometric identification answers the question “who are you” and can be applied to […]
Read More

How Secure Is Biometric Data?

By Constantine von Hoffman | July 11, 2018
As with any data, biometric information is only as secure as the system that protects it. There is nothing inherent in raw biometric data that makes it more secure. However, if it is stolen, it can be very difficult to use. Biometric data can be stored on servers, an end-user’s device, or through a distributed-data model […]
Read More

Biometric Mythbusters: Hiding Your Identity by Altering Fingerprints

By Ian E. Muller | July 6, 2018
In the world of biometrics, the most ubiquitous and popular biometric used in both real life and entertainment is the fingerprint. Mankind has been aware of the identifying nature of prints since 200 BCE, when handprints were used as evidence during burglary investigations in the Qin Dynasty, China. However, it wasn’t until the 1800s that […]
Read More