Still Using Passwords

Still Using Passwords?

According to a recent report from Verizon, weak and stolen passwords are still a leading factor in enterprise data breaches. In fact, the odds of getting hacked via password are greater than any other method.

Does this mean you should immediately migrate away from passwords? It may be unrealistic to suggest this, as your users may still prefer using them on their devices.

While passwords may not be going away any time soon, though, your company can at least start looking for new ways of fortifying them so that they cannot be easily exploited by hackers.  It’s possible, for instance, to layer additional security technologies alongside passwords — one being voice biometric identity verification.

What should you do if your business isn’t quite ready for voice biometrics?

Here’s something to look into:

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Chicago have created a new tool that takes passwords and compares them to a large database of codes that have been made publicly-available from leaks.  This tool will scan a password to make sure it hasn’t been used by a user on another website, and it will make sure that the password does not follow a common pattern. As Forbes explained, the tool also checks passwords against common dictionary terms.

Of course, we can speculate that in time hackers will find a way to use this new tool to break more complex passwords. But in the meantime, it should suffice as a quick fix while your organization considers integrating more advanced security measures.

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Scientists Recently Unveil New ‘Lip Password’ Technology

A group of researchers at Hong Kong Baptist University have recently created a new biometric identity verification solution that is capable of identifying a user by the motion of his or her lips.

The solution, which is currently being referred to as a “lip motion password,” requires an end user to speak a unique phrase into the microphone of a device. The biometric engine then scans the shape, movement and even texture of the user’s lips to determine their authenticity.

As of right now, the researchers have a patent for the solution and expect to deploy it soon for verifying financial transactions. It could also be used to verify ATM transactions and to grant access to private premises.

This development is fantastic news for the biometric identity verification industry, and one that we are excited about here at VoiceVault. Once the technology is cleared for commercial use, it will offer businesses yet another option for secure and convenient mobile authentication.

Security-minded administrators should feel good about using this type of facial recognition software, too. As Forrester pointed out in its Biometric Authentication Q1 2017 report, facial recognition software has significantly improved thanks to recent advancements in standards and algorithm development. The technology is becoming more secure, and more reliable than it was in the past.

It’s important to realize, though, that lip motion passwords will not be any better or worse than other leading biometric technologies like iris and fingerprint scanners, or voice biometrics. Rather, it will be just another option to consider. Administrators should think about the positives and drawbacks for each technology. And best practices call for deploying multiple biometric solutions for greater convenience and increased security.

At the end of the day, though, your business needs to be using at least one of these technologies to protect its mobile accounts. Many companies are still way behind in their information security efforts, despite the fact that powerful security solutions are readily available in plug-and-play format. In fact, according to a recent study only one in five companies now fully consider information security in their strategy and planning.

VoiceVault’s voice biometric authentication solution, ViGo, is cloud-based and can be easily embedded into any application or contact center service.

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