Biometrics and the iPhone 5S

I recently blogged on biometrics, authentication, and identity and access management.

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.

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  • James Holland

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  • king lear

    testing comment functionality, please do not publish this

  • Love the personal pic 🙂

    • CAHighlight

      Thank you!

  • Plutora Inc

    This is a good case study. 2.3 sec’s off a login transaction is big.

  • While the analysts were hyping DevOps, I posted the oversight of not including security as part of that discussion as you are highlighting here. Instead of just talking DevOps, it should be DOS (what’s old is new again 🙂 – DevOpsSec. As a previous AppDev person, it’s the app, who’s using it, why and where rather than the device and having the service available.

    As you rightly point, out Security should be baked into the solution.

    Nice Post and Timely!


    • CAHighlight

      Thank you for your feedback Michele. Agreed – security cannot be overlooked. Appreciate your input!

  • Mitesh

    I would love a printed copy

  • Lars Johansson

    I love the idea of BYOID! This makes me choose if I am almost anonymous (with my Hotmail Nicname) or official with identity from an official organisation. My Identity Provider will attach identity with right level of LoA according to the need of the Service provider.

    • CAHighlight

      Thank you for your comment. BYOID has tangible benefits for end users and relying parties but it also has to be weighed in the balance with potential risks and liability concerns. It will be interesting to see how BYOID plays out in the enterprise.