Safeonline Emerging Technology Risks: Physical Biometrics

Introduction

Physical characteristics (biometrics) have become increasingly popular as a method of authentication. They are static, highly resistant to alteration, non-transferable and cannot be misplaced or forgotten. According to a Spiceworks report, a professional IT network, up to 90% of organisations will be implementing biometrics by 2020. This is a reaction to the 1,579 high publicity data breaches that occurred in 2017 and exposed over 179 million personal records.

While physical biometrics have certainly been instrumental in providing a high level of authentication, it is unsurprising that they have seen a range of hacking attacks and regulatory issues.

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Safeonline Emerging Technology Risks: Ransomware

In the past, ransomware was a tool utilised only by the smartest of hackers, in high profile and highly destructive planned attacks. While the effects have always been detrimental, the probability of being subject to a financially crippling attack was extremely low. Unfortunately, this is no longer the case. It is no secret that businesses and individuals alike are at risk of a cyber-attack, with nearly 50% of all businesses suffering a breach in some form or another.

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Safeonline in the news: Embarrassing Sony email leak teaches cyber brokers an important lesson

“I’m not saying he’s a whore, but he’s a whore. I never cease to be amazed at the chutzpah of actors,” read the unfortunate email written by a Sony executive about actor Kevin Hart.

This embarrassing correspondence is one of many revealed to the public by the 2014 cyber attack on Sony Pictures entertainment, which will be forever memorialized after being published on the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks.

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