Biometrics goes mainstream with new iPhone?

Posted On 27 Oct 2013
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John Davies of TDSi has commented on the launch of the new iPhone 5S (which uses a fingerprint system for secure access) and its potential influence on the consumer audience’s understanding of it as highly usable security technology. According to John:” As the world has been getting the first glimpses of the new Apple iPhone 5C and 5S, it’s not the funky colours of the 5C that have caught my eye but the fingerprint reader that has been introduced on the new 5S. Whilst fingerprint readers are nothing new, I believe the inclusion of this technology on a smartphone is an important indication that biometric security is becoming more mainstream than ever before. ” For the last few decades PIN security has been ubiquitous, so it was an obvious step that smartphones would also use this technology. But there can be complications, it’s easy to forget a PIN and equally it can be possible for a quick-witted individual to learn this and use it for unauthorised entry without the rightful owner necessarily being aware anything is amiss! Fingerprints (and indeed anything that uses the unique properties of the human body, such as facial recognition or iris recognition) have great advantages. They won’t be forgotten or mislaid and can’t be replicated by any simple method. So the user will never struggle to prove their identity!” John continues:” Biometric security is already a very significant element of the security industry so it’s interesting to see the publicity with the launch of such a high-profile consumer product. It’s right that consumers will be able to choose biometrics as an alternative to technologically and practically inferior methods of identification. In a fast moving world, people don’t want inconvenience” they want to be able to securely use what they are entitled to with a minimum of fuss, whilst maintaining full security. I suspect this will be an important landmark in the wider adoption of biometric security and will encourage the majority of people to call for it elsewhere in their daily lives.”

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.