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Biometrics: Moving Far Beyond Fingerprints

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Biometrics vs. bots

Detecting bad bots from good ones has been very difficult, and this has led to a number of bot-generated cybersecurity attacks. NuData Security is using biometrics to be able to separate the good from the bad. “Because bots cannot replicate the nuanced variables in human behavior that are the hallmark of human/machine interaction, NuData’s biometric authentication can detect when a bad bot’s attempting a brute-force authentication in a specific transaction, or even when a bot army is seeking to take down entire sites,” Lisa Baergen, marketing director with NuData Security, explains. “From the pitch and angle of a handheld device to the length of gaps between typing and swiping, biometrics can identify valid users by their patterns, and immediately differentiate them from bad ones using a myriad of ingrained, highly individual behaviors that non-human attempts can’t reproduce.”

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.

 

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