The year 2020 marks a new decade and also marks a time when the world is plagued by looming cybersecurity threats. As technology advances, the attempts to penetrate secure online systems increases. An army of hackers have emerged to terrorize online companies and their customers. Forbes reports that by the year 2021, the global annual costs related to cyber crime is likely to exceed $6 trillion.
The desperation of companies to mitigate the threats posed by cyber criminals has resulted in the development of counter-hacking technologies. There are a wide array of technologies that have been designed to fend off and eliminate cyber attacks. We will take a closer look at the most effective security methods that will dominate in 2020.
Biometric data is the term given to security measures that involve the measurement and calculation of a variety of human biological factors. This verification technology uses elements like fingerprints scanning, iris scanning, palm scanning, and facial recognition.
We see the trend growth of biometrics used as identification to protect the sanctity of sensitive personal data held by companies in various sectors. This is largely because of the nature of unique identifiers. Unique identifiers are key to higher levels of security because there are no two individuals that share the same factors. Biometrics is the best hope for enhancing the cybersecurity measures of the future.
No longer just a scene from an action movie, iris scanning has emerged as a viable biometric indicator. With this technology, the iris is scanned using visible and near-infrared light. A high-contrast image of the target’s iris is captured and compared to the images contained within the system database.
When a subject looks into the scanner, an image of the iris is taken, either directly or through a mirror, to produce a clear picture of the eye. The more than 200 points of reference make for excellent biometric use because of the unique characteristics of every individual’s eyes.
Fingerprints have been used far longer than any other biometric factor to determine the identity of an individual. As a forensic and law enforcement identification measure, the gathering and analysis of fingerprints has been used for decades. Cybersecurity technology has found a new verification use for the human fingerprint.
The friction ridges located on the human fingertip forms when babies are in the fetus stage. The uniqueness of these ridges differs from person to person. Fingerprint recognition, also called fingerprint scanning, is used to secure everything from bank accounts to smartphones. There are several different methods of fingerprint scanning used today. These methods include capacitive scanners, optical scanners, and ultrasonic scanners.
Palm scanning is another way that hands are used to verify one’s identity. While fingerprint and palm scanning both involve the hand, the scanning techniques are quite different. The scanning of fingerprints is done by scanning the surface of the fingertip, but the scanning of the palm delves deeper to read the veins contained within the palm.
Palm vein recognition utilizes near-infrared light to capture the veins in the hand. The unique vein pattern in the subject’s palm is measured and calculated. Thought to be more effective than fingerprint technology, palm recognition is being increasingly incorporated in the security of patient information in the healthcare industry, among others.
Facial recognition technology is extremely popular in the cybersecurity and biometric verification field. Facial recognition involves scanning the contours and calculating the measurements of the distance of facial features. Once the target’s face is scanned, there is a template of dots and lines created that is compared to the images contained within the system database.
While this technology has come under scrutiny for its accuracy in determining the identification of certain groups, there are constant efforts being made to address this issue. The FBI keeps a database of every driver’s license and state identification photo for Americans in more than a dozen states. There is no doubt that facial recognition will continue to be used in the years to come.
Regardless of how hard hackers work to break down the protection measures companies work so diligently to maintain, the efforts to thwart these dastardly campaigns will never cease. The IT community is on an undying mission to act as the first line of defense against the efforts to destroy the wall of protection designed to safeguard personal data from potential bad actors. The year 2020 begins the next decade in the fight to maintain a secure online environment.
Are you ready to start your cybersecurity journey?
– Gil Artmoore