Thursday, October 8, 2015

Thoughts from "a true advocate and enthusiast of biometric technology"

Welcome to the Biometrics Age! (Finextra)
A future sci-fi world of disappearing passwords, the internet of things and the unique human characteristics of our body parts to verify who we are is now actually a reality!

European migrant crisis spurs interest in biometrics

Migrant crisis: EU considers locking up more failed asylum seekers (Financial Times)
EU countries should lock up more failed asylum seekers, according to hardline plans the bloc is considering to increase the number of deportations from Europe.

The proposal is one of a series of tough measures — ranging from increased use of fingerprints to more funding for detention centres — that interior ministers from across the EU will discuss at a meeting in Luxembourg on Thursday.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Forecast: Global biometrics market $7.0 billion in 2014; $44.2 billion by 2021 (ReportsnReports)

Pakistan: Ghost workers in Sindh

Over 25,000 'ghost' teachers identified in Sindh Education department (Geo.TV)
Sources said that, during investigation carried out by AG Sindh office and Education Department, about 25,000 out of 155,000 recorded employees have been identified as ‘fake’ in the Sindh Education and Literacy Department.

They added that ghost employees were identified by the Deputy Accountant General Education, security and examination committee with the support of biometric system.
We haven't posted on ghost workers lately, but a 16% fake employee rate is noteworthy.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

A balanced view on authentication

Here’s why the password isn’t going anywhere (IT Pro Portal)
There’s no point in arguing about which security solution is the “best”. It’s pretty clear that the future lies with individuals using a combination of security options, each making up for the weaknesses of the others...

So rather than try to prove that a new technology is the Holy Grail and should replace passwords, it’s time to educate the public to use more than one factor of authentication. Using multiple factors will certainly increase a user’s security more than using one factor alone, no matter how secure we believe that one factor may be.

Monday, October 5, 2015

India: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pushed for universal enrollment under the ambitious Aadhaar project by the year-end (Economic Times)

Kyrgyzstan: Fingerprint parliamentary elections

Kyrgyzstan: Nation Awaits Results as Hi-Tech Election Sets New Standard for Region (Eurasianet)
Kyrgyzstan has gone hi-tech in its efforts to ensure as clean an election as possible.

Voters received their ballot papers only after undergoing an electronic fingerprint check. As the information was processed, the voter’s image popped up on a monitor. The screen flashed red when any irregularity was registered.

Atambayev said clean and honest elections were indispensable.

“We cannot have it so that one party or one family rules the country. It is important that we protect genuine democracy and that we have a strong civil society,” he said.

There were sporadic reports of technical difficulties with the electronic system, which was being used for the first time.

While limiting opportunities for ballot-rigging, the painstaking voting procedures did also slow things down and large lines were observed across the country throughout the day.

More insight into US government fingerprint data loss

OPM Says Way More Fingerprint Data Stolen than Reported (Sci-Tech Today)

Payment biometrics growing rapidly

Biometrics to Secure over $5.6 Trillion of Payments by 2020 (Investorideas)
"Biometric vendors are experiencing tremendous growth on the back of the escalation of consumer-led adoption of biometric security. The adoption for payment purposes is a major contributor to this growth and Goode Intelligence forecasts that by 2020 it will contribute US$5.6 billion in revenue from $5.6 trillion worth of payments for companies involved in delivering biometric systems to the payments industry."
The full report from Goode Intelligence is available here.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Payments: Visa's chip-on-card biometrics

Visa develops a new spec that enables palm, voice, eye and facial biometrics with chip card payment. (Visa - Tech Matters)
Here’s how it works: Visa’s new architecture enables fingerprints to be securely accepted by a biometric reader, encrypted, and then validated. The specification supports “match-on-card” authentication where the EMV chip card validates the biometric so that it is never exposed or stored in any central databases. Issuers can optionally validate the biometric data within their secure systems for transactions occurring in their own environments, such as their own ATMs.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

US: Office of Personnel Management raises assessment of biometric hack to 5.6 million individuals

OPM: Stolen biometric data list grows by 4.5 million (Fedscoop)
The Office of Personnel Management underestimated the number of people who had their biometric data stolen in this year’s high-profile hack, with an additional 4.5 million people being affected.

In a Wednesday press release, an OPM spokesman said the subset of individuals whose fingerprints have been stolen has increased from approximately 1.1 million to 5.6 million. That number, according to the agency, comes after OPM and the Defense Department identified archived records containing additional fingerprint data that were not previously analyzed.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

US: Should governent agencies outsource authentication?

How authentication tools can save hundreds of millions in cash (Federal Times)
Federal agencies across the board are looking to improve cybersecurity by finding ways to validate users accessing citizen services online. But there are also significant savings to be found for the cost-minded agencies (read: all agencies).