Enterprises are being forced to rethink how to asses risk and protect data due to the “consumerization” of technology and the blurring boundaries between personal and professional use of computers, according to the Unisys Security Index.
At same time, the increasing use of mobile devices and more mainstream uses for social networking sites create new potential security risks as the consumerization of technology continues to change the way people work and live. These converging trends will cause organizations to take a more integrated view of their security posture across all channels within and outside of their extended enterprises.
One potential solution to help with security is biometrics. According to research conducted with the Unisys Security Index, 67% of consumers around the world trust fingerprint scans to verify their identities with banks, government agencies and other organizations.
Unisys anticipates an increase use in biometric technology as a viable security solution for both public and private sector organizations. “Worldwide trust of biometrics as a means for identity verification keeps growing, so business and governments need to keep pace,” Bryan Ichikawa, vice president at Unisys and leader of the North American biometrics practice. “Biometrics provides a fast, convenient and secure method for ID credentialing in many applications, and new deployment possibilities include mobile devices such as smart phones and PDAs.”
Unisys sees the following issues as security technology priorities:
Consumer mobility, social networking, and cloud computing will become more significant factors in how organizations determine security investments.
Faster, and more intelligent security systems that correlate and interpret information from multiple sources (including converging physical and data security) will become more prevalent, with economic pressures underscoring the need to break down silos among information systems.
Lingering troubles for financial institutions will likely constrain resources and create the potential for greater risk of financial fraud schemes.
Organizations worldwide will increase deployment of biometric identification technologies as consumer acceptance grows.
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