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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How social media hacks can be the gateway to further breaches

‘Another day, another breach’ seems to be the mantra at the moment as increasing numbers of organisations fall victim to cyber attack. The recent high-profile hack of the US Central Command’s Twitter feed by a group purporting to be ISIS demonstrates the vulnerability of anyone operating on these channels, even those you would assume to be heavily protected.

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