Vic Mankotia has been at the forefront of information technology and security for almost two decades. Currently an executive at CA Technologies, Inc., in Melbourne, Vic Mankotia’s professional concerns include the use of ever more sophisticated systems for accessing a company’s private information. Recently, Mankotia published an article regarding the use of biometric characteristics of the human body as a means of verifying identity.

Biometric technology applications for security and identity verification are significantly more secure than passwords, which can be broken. As a relevant example, one organization, after being hacked, was forced to reset 50 million passwords. Rather than using codes that can be so easily compromised, biometric security protocols include such techniques as scanning faces, fingerprints, and irises. Its use is a growing trend. Various mobile devices, such as the iPhone 5, allow users to employ fingerprint identification. Biometry offers enhanced protection for names and data and help fight financial fraud.

However, biometric security checks cannot be considered invulnerable. Hackers can copy fingerprints, which are left on many surfaces. Unlike passwords, fingerprints cannot be changed. In addition, system inadequacies can reduce the usefulness of fingerprints. Problems occur when a new fingerprint is registered in that the company must find some way to ensure that the fingerprinted person is indeed who they claim to be. To provide protection for this and other problems, businesses should supplement fingerprinting with other biometric or traditional authentication methods.

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