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Biometrics: Moving Far Beyond Fingerprints

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    A new way of thinking about consumer-grade security

    Rather than one large, all-access door, we can introduce a multi-gate system where access to information or functionality at a lower level can be a simple fingerprint swipe, but higher levels of access require additional levels of proof of identity, according to Dunkelberger. “Historically, a single password was the only thing necessary to access and approve all levels of a transaction -- from seeing a balance, to paying a regular bill, to transferring vast amounts of funds. Now, a fingerprint can be used to view an account balance, but a consumer would need a fingerprint plus a facial recognition scan to pay a bill or a fingerprint, face and voice authentication to transfer funds. Even in combination, the friction to the user will still be less than typing in a complicated password on a tiny touch-screen.”

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Biometrics: Moving Far Beyond Fingerprints

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    A new way of thinking about consumer-grade security

    Rather than one large, all-access door, we can introduce a multi-gate system where access to information or functionality at a lower level can be a simple fingerprint swipe, but higher levels of access require additional levels of proof of identity, according to Dunkelberger. “Historically, a single password was the only thing necessary to access and approve all levels of a transaction -- from seeing a balance, to paying a regular bill, to transferring vast amounts of funds. Now, a fingerprint can be used to view an account balance, but a consumer would need a fingerprint plus a facial recognition scan to pay a bill or a fingerprint, face and voice authentication to transfer funds. Even in combination, the friction to the user will still be less than typing in a complicated password on a tiny touch-screen.”

Security used to mean “difficult,” says Phil Dunkelberger, CEO of Nok Nok Labs. It’s easy to see why he thinks this. Organizations have struggled for decades to find security tools that kept out bad guys while admitting authorized persons. This is both a physical security and cybersecurity issue.

But, Dunkelberger adds, thanks to the impact of biometrics over the past few years, security is no longer quite as difficult. “Every day,” he says, “millions of people interact with a sliver of glass in their pocket that will tell them everything from the current age of the universe to when their shampoo will be delivered to their doorstep to how much money they have in their retirement account. Each of these interactions, thanks to biometrics, can be accomplished seamlessly and without friction. No longer are they required to create and remember a highly entropic code to use as a shared-secret; now they can simply look at that sliver of glass and blink.”

Biometrics are changing the way we think about security. Here are some of the more innovative ways biometrics are being used and what we can expect in the future.