I recently blogged on biometrics, authentication, and identity and access management. By chance (not design) that turned out timely with the launch of the iPhone 5S and its integrated fingerprint reader. There’s been a fair amount of commentary about it, with many people taking firm positions on either side, pro and con. The reality is we won’t know how well it works, and how popular it is, until a lot of phones get out there and people use them for a while. It’s fascinating, though, because it brings together biometrics, which have really never been used at large scale, with the iPhone, which has enormous popularity.
Another interesting take on this comes from my colleague Dimitri Sirota, senior vice president at CA Technologies and co-founder of Layer 7, an API security and management company that CA Technologies acquired in June. In this blog entry Dimitri asks the question: “Did Apple Just Kill the Password?”, and calls out the short-term gains, some short-comings, and the hope for the future this holds for mobile users.