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HOW BIOMETRICS IS ENHANCING COMPANIES’ SECURITY THROUGH IDENTITY PROOFING



HOW BIOMETRICS IS ENHANCING COMPANIES’ SECURITY THROUGH IDENTITY PROOFING




Over the past few years, there have been a

lot of technological advances, but none more so than in the field of

biometrics. Biometric technology is offering the best way for any individual or

a company to keep their profiles and their data safe. This technology

recognizes people based on their fingerprints, iris, gait, or other traits. It

is becoming ubiquitous and is being widely used for authentication and

recognition purposes.


Biometric technology is certainly not

something new, but it is far more comprehensive than anyone ever imagined. It

is providing a higher level of security and protection than it was given credit

for at one time. It is providing companies as well as individuals more

advantages than traditional security measures.


IDENTITY PROOFING IN

THE PRIVATE SECTOR



Before biometric technology was introduced,

companies used to authenticate new personnel by asking them to verify their

identity with official documents so that they can verify whether a person who

has come to join or come for an interview is actually who they say they are.

Those documents would be used to verify the employee and establish trust. This

is what used to be called “identity proofing”.


Now with biometric technology in the field,

things are being done very differently. Now you can use different modalities of

biometric technology to find out whether your employee is who he says he is.


INSIDER FRAUD



Insider fraud is something that has been

causing the government and private institutes a lot of grief over the last few

years. According to a study, insider fraud causes the global economy somewhere

close to $3 trillion each year. More than half of all the bank frauds and

embezzlement cases are due to insider fraud. When a company is hiring an

employee, they can easily forge documents and fake identities to cover up

sensitive information like previous criminal records and such.


These are the reasons why businesses are

relying more and more on biometric technology to verify and authenticate an

employee’s identity. This technology also makes sure that new employees won’t

be able to jeopardize the company, its employees, vendors or any else related.


WHAT CAN BIOMETRIC

TECHNOLOGY OFFER



This technology adds additional layers to the

protection of a company through proper authentication and verification of the

employees. We all know that modalities like fingerprints, face, iris, and

others are unique to each person and cannot be replicated, unlike what movies

would have us believe. 


Since these modalities are an inherent part of us, they

cannot be stolen or misused in any way. They are permanent and unique to every

one of us. That is the reason why biometric technology makes it hard for a

fraudster to use these modalities and impersonate a person.


HOW IS IDENTITY

PROOFING ACHIEVED



Identity proofing that is based on biometric

modalities are achieved by scanning the fingerprint, iris, face or any other

modality of a person and then comparing it with the image that is already on

the company’s database. The database contains images that have already been uploaded

of all the people who have the authority to enter the building or access software. 


If the current scan is exactly like the one saved in the database,

the system will allow entry, or if there is any discrepancy, the system will

immediately alert the authority. This technology is not only constricted to

building entries, but it can also be used anywhere you want. If you have a server room

and only a handful of employees, usually from your IT department, are allowed

in it, you can use biometric verification to make sure that no one else

accesses the room and the confidential and sensitive data on the servers. 


You

can use a document security software to ensure that

the company’s confidential documents can only be opened by the person who has

the authority and by no one else. You can do that with your printing machines

and a whole lot more.


Employers can also use biometric technology

to find out if a new hired employee has any criminal record by comparing it

with the FBI database. If any such record is found, the system will immediately

alert the employer and they can take the necessary action.


INDUSTRIES THAT CAN

BENEFIT FROM IDENTITY PROOFING



To put it very simply, any industry that is

vulnerable to identity fraud or crime can benefit from this technology. Some

industries that have accepted identity proofing are:


Banking, Financial, and Insurance Institutes and Companies





Banks do a complete background check on an individual that comes to them for any purpose. If they integrate their security

systems with biometric-based identity proofing, they can save a lot of their

time and effort invalidating a person’s identity and prevent identity fraud.


Healthcare Institutes and facilities





Healthcare facilities need to ascertain the

identity of the doctors, nurses and other staff that work there to make sure

that the patients are getting the care that they deserve. For their own

security and for the protection of the patients, these facilities can easily

integrate identity proofing with their current system and ensure authentication.


Transportation, Retail, Exploration and other industries





Whether its transportation, retail, or any

other field, companies need to be very particular about who they hire and who

the customers are. Especially in the retail industry, identity fraud is

rampant. This fraud can easily be controlled and diminished by using

biometric-based identity proofing. This way companies will be able to trust

their employees, vendors, and customers with higher confidence.


Biometric technologies have so much more to

offer to an individual or an organization. With more time, new and better uses

will come to the front and the companies who value their security and

protection will jump on the bandwagon and ensure that their confidential and

sensitive data is safe and secure.