Monthly Archives: May 2013

Mobile Authentication….A Changing Landscape

In 2012 Apple acquired a fingerprint hardware and software developer for $356M.  Now, there are indications that Samsung is adding fingerprint technology to smartphones. Why? Because there is an undeniable need to raise the bar on mobile security.  If passwords were sufficient, if cards, PINS or tokens were convenient to use, and if voice biometrics offered a universal solution, Apple would have saved $356M and Samsung engineers would be focusing on some other application other than fingerprints. It shouldn’t surprise …

Cyber attackers value your credentials……… more than you?

A friend of mine shared an article from Forbes.com authored by Richard Steinnon and included the following… “A frightening trend is observable in the advance of targeted attacks. That is the realization on the part of attackers of the value of credentials; be they username password pairs, strong authentication tokens, or digital certificates. It is ironic that digital certificates, the basis of the most carefully thought out security paradigm of today, are the most highly sought after, and effectively targeted, …

And the password is………Biometric

A colleague of mine shared this with me this morning.  Allow me to share it with you.  Thanks for stopping by… Could the era of the password be behind us? That’s what PayPal Chief Security Officer Michael Barrett predicted during one of the most interesting keynotes at this week’s Interop show in Las Vegas. Barrett said that passwords have been in widespread use since 1961 but the prevalence of cloud services has left us with too many sites that require passwords. People …

A Little Color on Mobile Banking, NFC and Biometrics

I recently received an email, from an investor, asking for color on American Express’s potential interest in mobile payments.  The shareholder asked how that might affect biometrics and BIO-key.  I felt my response might be an interesting blog post. It’s well known that American Express is involved with Contactless Smartcard technology and has been for years.  In fact, all major payment network operators, especially MasterCard, have veered and even promoted their respective technology trajectories toward Contactless Smartcards and mobility. Contactless …