Call center fraud is increasing, and it's not just financial institutions feeling the pain, says Pindrop Security's Matt Anthony. Now, a database of phone numbers aims to help organizations mitigate risks.
Smart phones that give many IT security managers headaches in developing security policies are being used in increasing numbers to help safeguard systems and applications, thanks to more muscular biometric features, says Steve Vinsik of Unisys.
Imagine sitting in a bar, as a stranger snaps a photo of you, and then uses that image to find out who you are using facial recognition technology. It's the type of practice that the staff of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission wants to discourage.
The revision would require identity cards used by federal employees and contractors to contain an integrated circuit chip for storing electronic information, a personal identification number, a printed photograph and two electronically stored fingerprints.
Funding would be through NIST's Small Business Innovation Research program that fuels technological innovation by strengthening the role small business plays in bringing to market innovations derived from federal R&D.
Facial recognition, arguably, is the technology that most threatens individual privacy online, and that's on the mind of Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, who has asked the FTC to report on its growing use.
"Once you identify that person based on the unique characteristics of their face, you could then match it with other databases," privacy advocate Beth Givens says, referring to privacy gaps created by facial recognition technology.
Facial recognition technology could prove to be an effective way to authenticate individuals seeking entry to secured buildings or databases storing sensitive information. But the biometric technology already is being abused, and IT security managers employing facial recognition should be careful to encrypt the...