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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:

One in Eight are Victims of Healthcare Data Breaches | ComputerWeekly

A recent study by Accenture found that one out of every eight participants in England has had their identity compromised in a healthcare-related data breach. According to the report, more than three-quarters think healthcare providers should be responsible for protecting their data, and that 35 percent of incidents happen at pharmacies, compared to 29 percent at hospitals. More than half of data breaches in the UK concern healthcare data. [Read More]

DoD Planning Biometric Replacement for CAC | Biometric Update

The US Department of Defense announced that it is planning to run multiple pilots for multi factor biometric authentication solutions to replace the Common Access Card (CAC) technology it currently uses. This evaluation plan is part of a larger program to deploy more agile, cost-effective technology throughout the department. [Read More]

Samsung Says Facial Recognition Not Secure for Mobile Banking | International Business Times

Following some severe criticism of its newest devices poor performance with facial recognition, Samsung has issued a statement acknowledging that the technology isn’t suitable for securing mobile payments at this time. Many banks have seen performance issues with facial recognition when compared to fingerprint or iris, and are moving away from this biometric in favor of the more secure options. [Read More]

HSBC Reveals Voice Biometric System for US Customers | FindBiometrics

HSBC is one of the latest banks to embrace biometric authentication for customers, deploying voice recognition for its US customer base. The firm previously launched facial recognition for its business customers in 2016 and plans to deploy more biometric solutions in the future. The Voice ID system can authenticate customers in English, Spanish, Mandarin, and Cantonese. [Read More]

Mobile & Wearable Biometric Authentication Growing at Astonishing Rate | MobileID World

A recent market forecast by Goode Intelligence predicts that the mobile and wearables fields for biometric authentication will reach 3.3 billion users by 2022. This growth rate will be driven by significant consumer adoption of biometric-capable devices, and increasing comfort with the technology for authenticating mobile payments and into apps. Though the mobile biometric field is far ahead, Alan Goode predicts more wearables supporting biometric authentication to hit the market in late 2017 or early 2018. [Read More]

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