Biometrics is a center piece of security. Technology makes a lot of things easy, but at the same time security is always a concern with the advent of technology. Cybersecurity is protection of computer from theft data, corrupt and lost computer resources. Biometric security is fast becoming the preferred way to safeguard companies and individuals from hacker’s intent on fraud and identity theft. Fingerprint readers, iris scans and facial recognition have become mainstream, led by technology companies such as Apple. This technology delivers significant advantages in the fight against cybercrime, but there are risks. The two main issues which individuals and organizations need to be aware of to protect themselves and the digital information they hold:
- Individuals must understand that fingerprint or facial recognition can be ‘hacked’ as cyber criminals look to either steal or ‘spoof’ biometric data.
- Organizations, for example hospitals which hold patient medical history, blood samples or DNA profiles, must understand the security implications of a data breach, and their potential liability.
Advanced biometrics are also used to protect sensitive documents. Citibank already uses voice recognition, and the British bank Halifax is testing devices that monitor heartbeat to verify customers’ identities. Ford is even considering putting biometric sensors in cars. This type of technology serves to analyze the behavior of users in real time in order to check whether they are themselves, not only on entering their access codes but also throughout the time the entire session lasts while they are logged on to the digital platform.
Advantages of biometric systems: It improves security, client expertise, as well as reduce
operational prices. One of the main benefits of biometrics is you never forget your password.
Disadvantages of biometric systems: Environment and usage will have an effect
on measurements, Systems don’t seem to be 100 percent correct, require integration
and/or further hardware and cannot be reset once compromised.
Cybersecurity is the protection of internet-connected systems such as hardware, software and data from cyber-threats. The goal of cybersecurity is to limit risk and protect IT assets from attackers with malicious intent Data security, which is intended to keep the classification, trustworthiness and accessibility of information, is a subset of cybersecurity.
IT vulnerabilities in the Healthcare Technology and Life Science industry provide cyber criminals with huge opportunities to steal confidential patient medical records, clinical trial results and sensitive intellectual property, for example relating to drug development. The secure storage of this information will be a critical element of security planning within this industry in the years to come as the potential for ‘bio-crime’ grows. So, with biometric security now mainstream, there are clear risks to individuals around identity theft and financial crime, should their fingerprints or DNA profile be stolen and reproduced for spoofing or medical fraud. Healthcare and Life Science organizations in particular need to understand just why the personalized medical information they hold is so valuable to cyber criminals and take steps to ensure they understand the security required to prevent a data breach. Healthcare and Life Science organizations in particular need to understand just why the personalized medical information they hold is so valuable to cyber criminals and take steps to ensure they understand the security required to prevent a data breach.