Facial Recognition Isn’t Foolproof: Data Security Considerations

The latest versions of facial recognition software (such as that included on the iPhone X) have certainly improved baseline device security without negatively impacting the user experience, but even these enhanced biometric authentication methods are not perfect. As such, it is important for businesses to continue to closely monitor how company data is accessed from mobile devices and not just assume that because facial recognition software is enabled on a given device that everything is automatically safe and secure.

As we have suggested in the past, business data should never be accessible with single-factor authentication, and these rules still apply even when facial recognition security is in place. In other words, biometrics aren’t a replacement for two-factor authentication; they just make two-factor authentication measures that much more effective. According to Richard Parris, CEO of cybersecurity specialists Intercede, “Rather than use biometrics in isolation, instead businesses need to be looking at strong knowledge (something you know, such as a password) and inherence (something you are, like an iris scan),” or in this case, facial recognition.

It’s easy to think that data security concerns with facial recognition are inherently minimized – and they might be for the time being – but if history is any indication, as technology gets “smarter” so do cybercriminals. Trust us – you don’t want to wait until you have a breach to address data security.

At ATB, our team of IT experts understands cybersecurity, and we pride ourselves on helping our clients achieve maximum security with their specific business practices in mind. Our goal is to provide superior IT protection without impeding your employees’ ability to perform their jobs. If you’re interested in learning more about how ATB can help ensure you’re getting the most out of your IT security systems, including facial recognition software, contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation.

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