Series 11 – Episode 9 – A time of evolution for biometrics

24th March 2023
Paige West

Paige West speaks with Michel Roig, Payment and Access President, Fingerprints about how the utilisation of biometrics is accelerating digital security and how connectivity and communication is gaining momentum in terms of a passwordless future.

“The entry of biometrics was really to increase convenience for the user,” said Roig. So, instead of using pin for accessing your device, the fingerprint sensor was integrated and people could now unlock their phones with a touch of the finger.

“It was much quicker, easier and secure to use your fingerprint than using a four-digit PIN.”

Biometrics is one of those true technologies that actually enable security without imposing friction. But a lot of people still have questions: What happens to my fingerprint? Where is it stored? Is it stored in a Cloud?

“You can always keep the fingerprint on your own device, so it’s not stored on any database or the Cloud,” notes Roig.

Over the last couple of years, the shift towards hybrid and flexible working has introduced new risks to security.

“You want to make sure that people working and accessing your services are being authenticated. One way of doing that is having multi factor authentication,” said Roig.

Roig goes on to explain multi factor authentication, other trends that are accelerating biometric adoption and how he sees the technology evolving in the future.

To hear more about biometrics and much more, you can listen to Electronic Specifier’s interview with Michel Roig on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

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