How Biometric Authentication Is Transforming the Security of Cloud Computing

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The rising use of cloud based biometrics is quickly becoming an indispensable part of businesses. (Photo by Timothy Muza on Unsplash)

The following guest post on the rise of cloud biometrics was sumitted by Jackie Edwards.

When you’re in charge of information security for your organization, the idea that employees can access information anywhere might make you squeamish. Yet, cloud computing continues to grow and is now an indispensable part of any business that wants to stay mobile. So, what can you do as a CIO to keep your data protected? Biometric authentication is here to add extra security to cloud computing.

Biometrics Are More Secure than Traditional Authentication Methods

Thanks to the many advantages biometric security systems in cloud computing hold over IDs, passwords, and other traditional authentication methods, more organizations are turning to biometrics. It has the ability to ensure that rendered services are only accessible to authorized or legal users while lending a high level of security. The behavioral or physiological characteristics of individuals cannot be duplicated, therefore the biometric systems can offer better accuracy and reliability.

How Do Biometric Security Systems Work in Cloud Computing?

Traits that are unique to each individual, including irises, faces, or fingerprints, are utilized to authenticate the identity of a person through biometric security systems. These days, one of the most widely used and well-known biometric modalities is fingerprint technology. Fingerprints are actually where biometrics got their start. Your fingerprints have one of a kind valleys, ridges, and other patterns that help distinguish you. Even twins have unique fingerprints.

In cloud computing, the users are first enrolled in the biometric system supplied by a service provider or the cloud platform. During the enrollment process, individuals must submit multiple biometric fingerprints. These are then stored on the cloud provider’s side as templates. The user is prompted to provide a scan of his fingerprint whenever they want to access a cloud service. The fingerprint is compared to the stored template.

Users are authenticated and gain access once there is a positive match between the fingerprint scan and the stored template. The images from the user and the fingerprint templates are both encrypted for additional security. The biometric system is put into action every time a user wants to access a cloud service. The user will be directed to the cloud service platform that they have clearance to access once they complete successful authentication.|

How Can Your Organization Benefit from Biometric Authentication for Cloud-Based Applications?

Web-based UIs accessed through a mobile app or web browsers are the main ways that cloud-based services are used. Cloud biometrics are also available on demand and managed by a cloud service provider. The server for the biometric security system contains the processing data generated during the verification and identification process along with the biometrics templates database.

Issues can arise if hackers get access to the stored templates, even though no two biometric traits are the same. The encryption technology used in biometric authentication takes care of this security threat. Encryption is the process of converting data into a code that unauthorized individuals cannot understand. And, decryption is converting the data back to a usable form.
For a boost in security, you might consider a multi-finger security model, popularized by smartphone manufacturers. With this model, the user registers with three fingerprints of their choice and assigns a digit for each finger. Both the mapping of the fingers and the single digit assigned are encrypted and stored at the end of the service provider. Since there are three levels of input, this scheme supplies the highest level of security. And, the added encryption makes it virtually hacker-proof.

Security is fundamental to the success of using cloud-based applications for your business. When you adopt biometrics for your cloud computing you will experience reliability, scalability, cost savings, and several other benefits. This is why biometrics are the wave of the future for cloud computing.

Author Bio: Now working as a writer, Jackie started her career in IT and software development, but after becoming a mom refocused and decided to spend more time with her family. When she’s not writing, she volunteers for a number of local mental health charities and also has a menagerie of pets to look after.

How Biometric Tech is Beneficial to Financial Security

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A rise in data breaches is prompting many banks and financial institutions to adopt biometric identification technology for customers and staff. (Photo courtesy of flickr).

The following guest post on the use of biometric technology for individual identification in banking and financial services was submitted by Maricel Tabalba.

A significant increase in data breaches in the past few years has urged many financial institutions to consider using biometric security. The Gemalto breach level index showed that there were 1,540 credit card related data breaches in 2014. Additionally, the Consumer Sentinel Network stated that the number one complaint in their database were concerns regarding identify theft. Continue reading →

How Biometric Authentication Works

Security is an ever-present concern in today’s world. Increasingly, we are seeing how biometric
authentication, such as fingerprint identification, facial recognition, or DNA, is being used to enhance security systems.

Thanks to the prevalence of smartphones with touchscreens and high-definition cameras, it’s easier than ever before to implement these additional security protocols. The general public is embracing the technology as an easy way to prevent unauthorized access to accounts. In fact, 52% of consumers want banks to add fingerprint scans to banking apps.


But biometric technology goes far beyond fingerprints and facial recognition. Currently, there is advanced research being done about new and exciting ways to confirm identity. From analysis of fingernails, earlobes, and keystroke patterns, there are endless methods that are currently being explored, and each biometric has benefits and drawbacks.
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Stay Informed About The Latest Advancements in Biometric Identification Technology

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Advancements in biometric identification management technology are moving so fast, it’s tough to predict just how much it will potentially change the world we live in. Biometrics are fundamentally changing identification management in a host of industries and governmental entities. There is no question that biometrics now touch virtually every  corner of the world to improve security, but what is perhaps most fascinating is the benefits biometrics have established that were once unforeseen which include establishing parity in societies that have traditionally lacked class equity.

Traditional identification technologies (passwords, PINs, plastic ID cards) are no longer reliable and quickly being supplanted with biometrics. For example, the increased focus on improving internet security to fight cybercrime has opened the door for the use of biometrics as a stand-alone solution, or as part of a multi-factor authentication strategy. Continue reading →

Is Your Home Security System Smart or Dumb?

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Home security has rapidly evolved beyond padlocks and deadbolts. Learn more about new technologies now available to better secure your place of residence.

Remember the times, when you used to buy those giant locks with massive keys to secure your houses? Or do you know how that was replaced by one central door key, which was too big to be kept inside your pocket? It’s true that time flies, but the other side is also true that it flies with a lot of changes. Today, security systems have become less complex and more technology based.

With huge technological advancements in recent years, life has become simpler and less of a painstaking journey. One of the best advancements is the ease in security systems provided by the invention of biometrics. This has become bliss for many businessmen and professionals cautious about their belongings. Continue reading →

How Financial Services Are Becoming More Secure

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The financial services industry has adopted new technologies to protect sensitive customer information. (Photo credit to Google Images)

The following guest post on improving financial services security was submitted by Damien Troy.

As technology improves and continually evolves, security becomes increasingly important. While new technologies being used in businesses and services is generally a positive, it can also leave them vulnerable to the latest cybercrime, such as hacking and identity theft. For services dealing with sensitive personal information, this is particularly important. Financial services such as banks, advisors and short term loan companies, like loanpig.co.uk, all have a responsibility to keep their customers information secure. Here’s how financial services are improving their security. Continue reading →

Introducing CloudApper: The Benchmark in Rapid Cloud Development Toolsets

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Introducing CloudApper – a rapid cloud development toolset that reduces development cycles, lowers costs, and removes the friction from identity management deployments. (Photo courtesy of pexels.com)

Back in the early days of the Internet, website content management was a bit more complicated. If you weren’t proficient in making modifications to Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), chances are that you hired a professional who used a platform like Dreamweaver to upload content changes via file transfer protocol (FTP). The process tended to be cumbersome and often required the services of a professional which meant that you were at the mercy of their availability. Continue reading →

Why Biometrics A Perfect Fit For Home Security

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Is biometric identification management a good fit for home security? (Image courtesy of pixabay)

Biometric technology has empowered the security systems at major corporations, office buildings and government organizations for years, but now this innovation has finally trickled down to the consumer level. In addition to all the other features home security can offer, biometrics can now track individual physical characteristics for safety.

The biometric security systems for home integrate an innovative feature that allows individuals to enter a complex once a biometric scanning unit has identified that individual through the means of specific genetic attribute, such as a fingerprint, palm print. Controlling access to homes or office buildings and particular rooms is the key application of biometrics. Continue reading →

M2SYS and Suprema Partner to Promote CloudABIS

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M2SYS Technology and Suprema form a partnership to help promote the CloudABIS suite designed to remove the friction from developing and deploying a reliable, scalable biometric identity management solution.

Excited to announce that we have joined forces with Suprema to help promote our new CloudABIS suite that was designed to remove the burden and friction from development and implementation of biometric identification management projects around the world. Suprema and their global network of partners will now have access to the CloudABIS suite for projects that use their biometric hardware. Continue reading →

Should Schools Be Using Biometric Technology? Pros & Cons

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The rise of biometric identification in schools has many questioning the merits and privacy implications to students. (Photo courtesy of pixabay)

The following guest post on the use of biometrics in schools was submitted by Gloria Kopp.

Biometrics are the biological measurements that all people have and that are specific to them alone. Biometric data includes your height, your iris, and your fingerprint, all aspects of yourself that are perfectly visible, but that most people can’t really differentiate on sight. A high-resolution image is required to be able to use an algorithm and compare fingerprints, and truly identify a person. A lot of people can see the benefits of using biometrics in schools to monitor attendance and make entrances more secure, however using data of minors could also be risky. The old adage that you can’t fight progress is incredibly relevant here, as there’s no doubt that biometrics in schools will one day become the norm, the issue is figuring out how it will be implemented in a safe and responsible way. Continue reading →