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 […]
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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 […]
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Global Biometric Efforts See Delays

By Ian E. Muller | June 22, 2018
This issue of the Weekly Cypher explores delays in biometric programs in Australia and India, while Walmart launches its first biometrics-based medical technology. We also look at a recent cyber attack and continued fallout from an older breach.
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Facial Recognition Systems Won’t Stop School Shootings

By Ian E. Muller | June 21, 2018
In a desperate effort to put an end to student shootings, U.S. schools are willing to try almost anything to improve security. Across the nation, facial recognition systems have been sold to schools with the promise they will identify problematic parents, expelled students, and criminals. But there is little proof these systems can do that. […]
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Forget Tokens, Biometric Authentication is the Future

By Ian E. Muller | June 19, 2018
Tokens are the bane of many organizations’ existence. How many times have you gotten to work only to realize you left it at home? And then even if you remember the token you still have to remember your password. Then you have to type in the code before it times out. And it’s not just […]
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Tech Innovations Shake Up Biometrics Space

By Ian E. Muller | June 15, 2018
This issue of the Weekly Cypher explores new innovations in biometric technology, from reset-able brainwave recognition to the first in-screen mobile fingerprint sensor, and global cybersecurity developments.
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5 Ways Biometric Authentication Is Revolutionizing Financial Institutions

By Ian E. Muller | June 14, 2018
Biometrics has let banks revolutionize their customer relationships. From using Face ID to unlock mobile apps or fingerprints for authorizing in-store payments, biometrics are now taken for granted in our financial lives. It has also changed how financial institutions do business in ways that are equally revolutionary, although not nearly as noticeable. Know Your Customer […]
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Privilege is a Security Responsibility

By Ian E. Muller | June 12, 2018
“Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility.” When it comes to privileged account management, Peter Drucker isn’t wrong. Privileged accounts aren’t about power, they’re about responsibility – mainly the responsibility of protecting them to prevent their abuse by bad actors. Privileged Account Management (PAM) is a headache for security teams everywhere. […]
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What’s Your Data Breach Risk Level?

By Ian E. Muller | June 11, 2018
It seems like we’re talking about a new data breach every other day. From the InterContinental Hotels Group to OneLogin, companies across every industry have been targeted so far in 2017, and we can only expect both the size of, and damaged caused by, these events to grow. The question that organization leadership needs to […]
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US Government Focused on Security

By Ian E. Muller | June 8, 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. Biometrics Creates Opportunities for Loyalty Programs in mPOS | PYMNTS The combination of increasing consumer trust in biometrics and new biometric […]
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