Putting the Personal ID Back at the Forefront of Digital Security

Welcome to the fourth and final post in our series on the Chain of Trust. In this post, Stan Swearingen, CEO of IDEX Biometrics reviews how to put the personal ID back at the forefront of digital security. The previous post in our series on the Chain of Trust discussed creating a single security point with biometrics.

Security is more important than ever. With data breaches on the rise, businesses pay a premium for security services when their software or hardware is being held ransom as the result of an attack. The good news is that most attacks are avoidable if you’re smart about security and have an established chain of trust. The bad news is that most businesses aren’t smart about their security.

Why Putting Individuals in Control is a Good Idea?

Security is the job of every individual at every level of an organization, and that is something that many have forgotten. Whenever there is an IT department present, it is assumed that they will do everything to keep the company’s data safe. However, it is usually through individual systems that breaches occur. This means that putting the power back in the hands of individuals and getting them invested in protecting a company’s data is a win-win situation.

Any individual who puts their hands on a piece of equipment that is connected to the IoT should be presented with the opportunity and training to properly secure their data as part of the chain of trust. Shifting this responsibility will help mitigate damages when a breach occurs and can reduce the likelihood of a breach occurring at all.

How Businesses Can Benefit from Reverting to Personal ID?

Using a biometric smart card is one way that businesses can shift security back to a reliance on personal identification. Creating a unique biometric identifier for each individual that will interface with any of a company’s devices is a great start to a secure future. Using these unique identifiers protects data with a security measure that is notoriously difficult to duplicate, steal, or mimic. Since a person’s biometric identifiers are always present with them, there is no need to be concerned that they can be lost or stolen.

Putting these unique identifiers into a smart card that requires the biometric identifiers to be present in order to be used means that even if an access card is lost or stolen, it is useless to anyone but the user themselves – only the person it was created for can unlock the data contained within it.

Using biometric identification throughout a secure system is a smart way to enhance security, and doing so helps users control their own access and mitigate risk. Putting the security back into the hands of individuals and making it as user-friendly as possible means that they will be able to securely access important systems and data with minimal risk of interference.

Biometric smart cards are a great way to put personal IDs back at the forefront of security, and their popularity is growing. As sensors continue to evolve, new technology and means of integration will continue to grow. Making a move toward using smart cards is a great choice, and there are many ways to integrate them into existing businesses to make them more secure and facilitate access.

The previous post in our series on the Chain of Trust looked at a single security point with biometrics.