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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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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Why a Major Swiss Bank is Switching to Biometric Authentication

By Ian E. Muller | June 7, 2018
Biometric Authentication and Banking Financial service firms have consistently been leading the charge in adopting biometric authentication. Why? Ease of use, enhanced security, and cost savings. However, they have mostly done this with customer-facing services: Banking apps were some of the first to embrace granting access via fingerprint, and one of the most common uses […]
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More Firms Turn to Facial Recognition

By Ian E. Muller | June 1, 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. Bias in Facial Recognition Systems a Deal-Breaker | American Banker A continuing racial and gender bias problem in facial recognition systems […]
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Three Options for the Secure Storage of Biometric Data

By Ian E. Muller | May 31, 2018
How much security does your data need? The knee-jerk response (and the one your CISO would love the most) is, “All of it.” Maybe in a perfect world, where money is no object, that’s true, but here in the real world cost must be balanced out by several other factors – including how important it […]
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