Biometric Mobile Security, and…
Back in 2002 when these folks were kind enough to interview me (Biometric Mobile Security) regarding the confluence of wireless communications, security and biometric technologies, I wasn’t even thinking about commercially available touch sensing tech for cellular devices, much less mobile banking over Smartphones!
I just knew that untethered access was a beautiful thing… that walking away from a loud TV and being able to finish a sensitive phone chat was here to stay… that digging a cold beer on your porch while working on a wireless laptop beat the crap out of being tied to your PC inside… and that these practical pleasures would engender an unquenchable thirst for ways to leverage this new freedom (and I was pretty sure that you couldn’t feel free without first feeling secure). Hence my interest in working at the intersection of security and mobility, with an eye on (pardon the pun) iris and/or fingerprint recognition applications.
Even in 2002 hackers were growing increasingly bad ass, so I inferred that any new approaches enhancing mobile security would attract increased funding… and since we’re human, I figured biometrics would eventually find a more prominent place in the security toolbox… I just didn’t think it would take this long… so imagine my goofy grin upon reading this press release (Apple buys fingerprint security firm AuthenTec for $356 million) a decade later!
Clearly, if mobility continues to stretch its long legs (3+ billion mobile subscribers, high-bandwidth/always-on networks, a BYOD pandemic, and smartphones catching on in emerging markets), we’re going to need every possible tool to fend off hacker aggression. Maybe smartphone biometric security will get the love at long last!
Thing is, we’re going to need more, and different kinds of security tools immediately… any one care to offer some new ideas in that direction?