Open Sesame! The uses of biometrics as applied to InfoSec

Open Sesame! The uses of biometrics as applied to InfoSec

Know which are the advantages, risks and the future of the use of biometric data in certain devices of daily life.

Since the beginning of time, human beings recognize and identify our fellow human beings by our features, our walk and words. Likewise, technology recognizes individuals through biometrics in any device.

What is the purpose of biometric security? What are its risks? What are the benefits of its use and what does the immediate future hold for it? These are some of the questions Cristian Amicelli, Chief Operating Officer of Mkit, a global company of IT security services, will answer in the following paragraphs.

“Biometric security is the use of our body to add an extra layer of security to the use of certain devices in our daily lives. Nowadays, we have face recognition, fingerprinting, chip implanting, ocular recognition and other media” says Amicelli.  “The important thing is always that it is not the only method”  he adds to reinforce the relevance of data protection.

Among the advantages of its use, biometric security is commonly used as an access control method in government buildings, companies and private homes. Likewise, it is also used in airports as an extra security measure. In the field of home computing, this method allows users to identify themselves on different platforms without the need to remember passwords, thus improving domestic comfort. Among other uses, it is applied in the banking and financial systems and in commercial means of payment.

As always, all technology brings its disadvantage. The Mkit expert stresses that you can find flaws in “some security details in the protocols and implementations, maintenance and functionality. For example, to avoid the theft or alteration of biometric data, it is always convenient to have more than one means of authentication. That is, not only does it reach the iris of the eye, but also a fingerprint is necessary for the same device”.

Another disadvantage in the use of this type of applications is related with the fact that it is not a 100% compatible technology with the entire population. According to a study carried out by the European Union in 2005, it is estimated that 5% of people, because of different disabilities, can not use this type of security systems since they can not be identified by fingerprints or irises.

Future measured in chips

What is the future of innovation in biometric security? “In the near future, something that may become a trend is the massive use of chips implanted in the body for multiple uses of biometric applications. We will see how such security protocols will be developed”, concludes Amicelli.

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