Investorideas.com, an investor research portal specializing in investor research in leading sectors, issues a follow up to its recent article, "Analysts and Industry Participants Share Insight Into the Future of Mobile Security and Biometrics," following the recent reports of Apple's Touch ID Fingerprint Technology being attacked by professional hackers. Alan Goode, Managing Director of GoodeIntelligence.com, Isabelle Moeller, Chief Executive at Biometrics Institute and Mr. Gino Pereira, Chief Executive Officer of NXT-ID, Inc share insight on the security of Apple's Touch ID and the future trends in biometrics.
Apple bought its technology for $365 million from AuthenTec a year ago and in spite of hacking headlines, most analyst agree the biometric technology is very safe and secure for most users and the wave of biometric technology implementation will continue.
Alan Goode, Managing Director of GoodeIntelligence.com, who has been predicting the implementation of biometrics in smartphones for some time said, "There is no doubting that Apple's Touch ID can be fooled into accepting fake (lifted) prints but it does take a relatively high level of forensic and material sciences skills which will be outside the skills of most people. There is always a trade-off between security and convenience and I feel that for the one-touch capability of unlocking a mobile device, Touch ID does a very good job. Apple may need to review security measures if it wants to extend the functionality of Touch ID to enterprise and commercial applications. I always maintain that two or multi-factor authentication is required to validate identity for high risk tasks such as making a financial payment. Apple may want to include a second or third factor for this type of function."
Mr. Gino Pereira, Chief Executive Officer of NXT-ID, Inc. http://www.nxt-id.com/, who has over 30 years of executive, operational and financial experience with technology companies in the United States, Europe and the Far East agrees with Mr. Goode saying, "There are varying degrees of security that are effective depending on the application. Password hacking can be done anonymously from a long distance, whereas hacking fingerprints requires a more complex personal attack. It requires more effort, equipment and personal access to the actual person; and because it's so much more complex the payoff has to be worth the effort. Apple should be applauded for bringing innovative biometric technology to the consumer."
He also went on to say that using multimodal identification at the same time, such as password and fingerprint recognition creates a higher level of security.
His company is launching its innovative MobileBio™ suite of biometric solutions, starting with the Wocket™ an advanced secure electronic wallet that will use voice biometrics, later this year. His company's subsidiary, 3D-ID LLC deploys 3D facial biometric identification and has 22 licensed patents.
Isabelle Moeller, Chief Executive at Biometrics Institute released the following news earlier today addressing the iPhone fingerprint technology attack. They noted the group claiming success, known as the Chaos Computer Club from Germany has been involved in similar biometric attacks.
"The BVAEG -- a subcommittee of the independent Biometrics Institute -- consists of many of the most experienced experts in this area from around the world," says Isabelle Moeller, Chief Executive of the Biometrics Institute, "the BVAEG mission is to raise awareness of the need for vulnerability detection to be included with biometric devices, to promote standards, enhance privacy protection, performance measures and testing, and to help facilitate the dissemination of new research or findings in this area."
Their press release also quoted Tsutomu Matsumoto from Yokohama National University, a member of BVAEG, as saying "The current attack requires the lifting and processing of a high quality latent fingerprint at high resolution in order to make a successful spoof. These factors should be considered when assessing this attack's impact under realistic usage scenarios."
The Biometrics Institute encourages manufacturers of equipment that include biometrics sensors to be proactive in adopting spoof detection technology to maximize the chance of successfully rejecting a biometric spoof, and also recommends government agencies and top-level decision makers be aware of the need for appropriate biometric vulnerability testing and certification as they consider both the risk and the convenience of the security mechanism(s).
In terms of the future most analyst see biometrics going mainstream and that Apple's Touch ID has paved the way. Gino Pereira sees a future down the road where we will be wearing a device that will monitor us biometrically to provide access to everything we need.