Digital Lifestyle: Why the Chain of Trust is Important

Welcome to the second post in our series on the Chain of Trust. In this post, Stan Swearingen, CEO of IDEX Biometrics, discusses why the chain of trust is important. The previous post in our series on the Chain of Trust looked at unifying technology through biometric identification.

Establishing a chain of trust is an important factor for all types of technology, particularly those that house sensitive personal or business data. This is where the fingerprint sensor module comes into play. Fingerprint technology has advanced to a point where it provides tech users with an unparalleled level of defense. This makes it a key link in the chain that is known as the chain of trust.

Protection of Sensitive Data

Most of the world uses technology in some way. Whether it is through interaction with a cellular device, the storage of sensitive business data, or electronic health records, most individuals and businesses have a digital identity. Protecting that digital identity is often at the forefront of tech users’ minds as the loss of their data has the potential to be catastrophic. This is one of many reasons that establishing a strong chain of trust is so important.

Unique Identification Protocols

Creating unique identifiers has long been a problem that the advancement of technology has presented. From passwords and pins to security codes, methods of security have long failed the average user. These items are easy to lose and can be stolen, tampered with, or even misplaced by the user. With technology such as a fingerprint sensor module, these risks are eliminated.

Fingerprints are unique to each individual, providing a solid unique identifier for security. Technology that can successfully imprint these biometric identifiers will benefit from greater accessibility and security than ever before.

Building Trust and Keeping It

Consumer trust is difficult to earn and even harder to keep. As security breaches have become more frequent, end users have become more wary of using technology and sharing personal and sensitive data.

Creating a chain of trust and maintaining that chain have long been challenges that technology developers have faced. Their job isn’t over once that trust is earned; they’ve got to continue working to support and strengthen it to ensure their customers that their data is safe for the long term.

Establishing a chain of trust between devices in the IoT is no small matter, and it deserves serious consideration when technology companies are developing their integration plans. From creating a secure entry point to re-establishing identity and ensuring that identity has not been tampered with, the chain of trust is something that is important on day one of new technology use as well as day 1,000. Fingerprint technology has made this a reality in unprecedented ways. With its secure nature, unique identifiers, and cost-effective implementation, fingerprint sensors have become a key point in many data security networks.

The chain of trust should be considered whenever technology is to be integrated, from the beginning of implementation to the end. Strong technology will continue to nurture that security for the lifetime of the relationship.

The previous post in our series on the Chain of Trust looked at unifying technology through biometric identification.