In $26 Billion Biometrics Industry, Biocryptography and Template Protection Leading the Defense versus Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

19 Oct 2015

ABI Research exposes the cybersecurity vulnerabilities of biometric systems including untrusted user interface and malware for the consumer segment and compromised USB peripherals and encryption for the enterprise sector. “Security surrounding biometric data is the primary concern for vendors wishing to invest in the technology,” says Dimitrios Pavlakis, Research Analyst at ABI Research.  “However, biometric vendors are just starting to pay more attention to the complexities of biometric data and implement new security protocols in this US$26 billion industry.”

Some of the growth points for the biometrics industry are also the ones that have recently entered the crosshair of cyber attackers. These growth areas include fingerprint technologies on the consumer segment, BYOD initiatives in the enterprise, and access control solutions in both governmental and corporate environments. This report, Biometric Data Security, delves into these growth areas analyzing and suggesting both conceptual and technical security implementations.

According to research findings major concerns for biometric system integrators for the foreseeable future will be incorporating data security protocols, monitoring for incoming threats and establishing physical and logical integrity of the system. Data assurance, privacy issues, policy conflicts, encryption, fuzzy extractors, biocryptography, and template protection are some of the weapons of choice for administrators aiming to streamline data security in biometric systems. In addition, analysis contains cost-effective ways of template protection, end-to-end data accountability through system synergy, and BYOD security pitfalls. Vendor solutions mentioned in this report include Samsung’s BYOD KNOX, HID’s SDK ActivClient, ARM TrustZone’s TEE isolation solution, and Precise Biometrics’ smartphone security sleeves.

These findings are part of ABI Research’s Biometric Technologies and Applications Research Service, which includes comprehensive research reports, quarterly market data files, and timely insights.

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