Not that long ago, facial scanning and recognition seemed like something only in science fiction.  A fictional man or woman would step up to a screen, they’d let their face get scanned, and then gain access to whatever information they were seeking.

Technology, as it often does, caught up with fiction with a fervor.

Biometric scanning has been growing steadily over the last nearly fifty years and is getting perfected.

Biometrics Understand Facial Features

It’s literally in their name- Biometrics accomplish perfect recognition by breaking down human facial features into valleys and lines.  They can map out noses, guided by nostrils, and sharpened by the bridge.  Human faces come in endless combinations of these features, except for identical twins; these features are rarely perfectly duplicated.

Biometrics breaks these differences down until each piece of them becomes another symbol in a complex code.  It’s the perfect password.  Unreplicatable by anyone except the initial user.

By understanding faces, it ensures that the identities behind them are safer.

Using the Cloud Spreads Security

Instead of having to hope for a password, they scribbled on a post-it note, and stuck to their fridge, will always be uncrackable- they’ll know that the password is still on them.  People will be more likely to trust companies that use biometrics because they’ll recognize that only they can access their account.

By using the cloud, and making this available through multiple services, the AI will be able to become better at recognizing users.  The more it’s used, the more improvements will get found for it.  A technology that’s continuously improving is one that will stick around.

Hackers and Technology Crooks Get More Advanced Every Year

Gone are the carefree days when you could trust that your account would never get hacked through traditional means.  Two-factor identification had its moment, and with some gaining the ability to get remote access to customer’s texts and messages, using a phone to be the backup isn’t helping. 

Without the human factor to identify a user, hackers can easily slip past two-factor authentication like it’s nothing.

Knowledge-based authentication isn’t much better since people live so openly on the internet these days.  It’s only a Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter, search away from finding out what street you grew up on, or what the name of your childhood pet was. 

Hackers have been eyeing biometrics, looking for a way to game them as well, for years.  The technology is thankfully growing, but if it weren’t for the element of needing a live user, it would get bowled over already.  Biometrics improve and grow every year, and because of that, ensure more customer’s safety and peace of mind.

Biometric authentication authorizes customers to take their security in their own hands, and know that they’re the only ones with access to their information.

Flexibility

Biometric scanners aren’t just for your face!  Although that’s the main focus, there are so many variants that also offer security.  From fingerprint scanners (popularized by Apple in recent years) to retina and iris detection, to even voice detection- new biometric scanners pop up every day.  Whatever the company decides will fit it best can be used, and at a much higher security level than whatever password the customer can invent on their own.

Of course, facial recognition is still crucial- and it shows in its growth.  Facial recognition is most reliable when paired with liveness detection.  LDR is an incredibly complicated, yet seamless, ability that allows biometric scanners to tell whether the camera gets aimed at a photo or a live subject. 

LDR counters against a lot of hackers’ one go-around of using a picture of a target to gain access to their accounts or devices.  It’s impossible to replicate natural motion with a photograph- and videos would be too hard to get perfect since most biometric scanners ask or customers to be in specific positions with specific expressions.

The Future of Biometrics

Some reports are offering the idea that biometrics may aid consumers in withdrawing money from an atm, and allow customers peace of mind with every monetary exchange in 2020.  If people can relax and feel safe, they’re more likely to spend money. 

America right now is heavily focused on cybersecurity, and ensuring that their private information stays private.  Password leaks, hacked accounts, and spoofed phones are distractions that pull back from people’s trust.  Biometrics aim to hit in retaliation against mistrust and put the power of decision back in the customer’s hands.

Biometrics have a lot to offer and are continually growing and improving.  By investing in and developing biometric systems, companies gain a chance to provide their customers with peace of mind.

The Future of Employment

There are so many jobs in biometric authentification more than we realized. According to some experts in the field, you perhaps don’t even need a specialized degree in it.  It’s become an extremely accessible by-product of today’s society ranging from hackers not being able to forge it and phones increasingly requiring it. If you think about it, the technology for biometrics is taught by humans.

Therefore, there will be an influx of jobs that need someone to teach these machines how to function effectively. Biometrics essentially is taking over the digital world from banks to video games, to school security systems. Not only will employment rise for engineers creating those systems, but it will also increase other jobs as well.

While some may think it’s taking away jobs as a consequence of replacing humans, it’s actually giving humans with those jobs like security guards more managerial experience and a chance to make better wages. The system is meant to improve our current state of security to a wider scale.

Guest writers and carefully selected for Career Enlightenment. Thanks for reading!

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