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Biometric Technologies for Data Security

biometricWith modern technology evolving rapidly, it’s understood that vulnerabilities and security risks are following suit. The next step in mitigating risk and protecting confidential data is the use of biometric technologies.

These technologies include any type of security measure that involve the detection and verification of particular human characteristics, such as fingerprint recognition or an iris scan.

Human Error in Security

Biometrics are a positive development because many of the most common security measures include a heavy potential for human error.

Perhaps an employee leaves his or her password sitting out on a sticky note. Or a computer is successfully infiltrated with malware. Maybe that email chain you received and proceeded to forward was initiated by a fraud.

How can firms eliminate this human error while still seeking to ensure that users are who they say they are?

Biometric Technologies

Biometric scanners allow for the direct detection of unique human qualities that cannot easily by replicated and used to bypass security measures.

Suppose you’re an authorized personnel seeking to gain access to a private server farm. Just place your eye before the scanner and your genetic credentials will speak for you.

Suppose you’re not on the list of permitted users: the biometric security system will swiftly inform administrators that an attempted intrusion has occurred.

How It Works

First, a biometric presentation occurs in which your feature is captured and pre-processed. Then, once extraction occurs, a template of 1s and 0s is created and stored in the database. Next time you attempt to access the database, your sample will be compared to the stored template and the system will be informed that you’re permitted.

These technologies are already being used in a variety of industries and fields. These include national security, homeland security & law enforcement, enterprise & e-government services, personal information, and business transactions.

What It Means for You

While key cards, passwords, and PINs are certainly important for keeping data in safe hands, they should never operate alone.

When you’re looking to leverage a technology service for your firm, check to see if they’re implementing biometric security measures to protect trusted user information.

V-Rooms utilizes Amazon Web Services to provide comprehensive security monitoring, including biometric technologies, to ensure that information is both safe and accessible.

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