Wednesday, January 16, 2019

AI and biometrics to add security, speed border crossing for European travelers

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Traffic through border crossing points of European Union (EU) countries is on the rise. Over 700 million people enter the EU each year. This puts increasing pressure on border control agencies that must adhere to strict security protocols while trying to keep traffic moving smoothly. 

The EU-funded iBorderCtrl (Intelligent Portable Border Control System) project is a two-step process designed to make land border crossings fast and convenient, while increasing security. The technology used includes an automatic deception detection system, biometrics verification (including fingerprinting and facial and palm vein scanning), document authentication and a hidden human detection tool (for vehicles).

In the first step, before travel, travelers register and upload required documentation to an online system using a mobile phone, tablet or personal computer. Travelers are asked a series of questions by an avatar. Their facial micro-expressions are analyzed to determine whether or not they are lying. Potentially illegal crossings are flagged so that border control can conduct a more detailed check.

The second step occurs at the border. Travelers flagged as low risk undergo a brief re-evaluation of their documentation, and a biometric check for identity verification. If the traveler is arriving by passenger vehicle, an additional vehicle check is done.

Trials of the iBorderCtrl system are set to begin soon at border crossings in 3 EU countries: Greece, Latvia and Hungary. In the next 6 months, the new technology will be tested at 4 different crossing points in a variety of scenarios: train, vehicle, pedestrian, etc.

Science: AI-controlled checks to spice up safety and velocity up visitors at EU borders 

By Denis Bedoya, Jan. 14, 2019, for | Science

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Monday, January 7, 2019

New report on data breach fraud security and protection strategies

Conceptual image of smart photo digital protection
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While creative hackers are experimenting with 3D printers to create fingerprints and facial models to fool biometric authentication, a serious growing threat for business is the breaching of cloud stored data. 

In a Computerworld interview on data breach forecasting, Michael Bruemmer VP of Data Breach Resolution at Experian shares that breaches can occur simply due to mis-configured security settings. He points out that just as you would not store the keys to a safe right next to the safe, encryption keys for cloud access should not be stored next to the data they are to protect. 

For business, multi-layered protections, such as biometrics and passwords, are recommended along with changing up security protocols periodically.

Mr. Bruemmer also gives important anti-fraud security tips for individuals, at home or at work…

  • Don’t use public Wi-Fi.
  • Create complex passwords. Use a password repository so that you don’t have to rely on your memory.
  • Don’t click on links.
  • Be wary answering phone calls from unknown callers. If a fraudster recorded your voice saying “yes,” it could be used to spoof your approval of a bank transaction or wire transfer.
  • Shred important documents.
  • Don’t use a debit card for shopping. They may be linked to more than one account, including a line of credit. If you use a credit card with a smaller limit instead, you usually have the extra protection of zero or limited liability in an instance of credit card fraud.
  • Don’t share your work device with anyone else, whether a computer, tablet or phone.

Q&A: Experian exec says biometrics won’t save you from mobile hacks

By Lucas Mearian, Senior Reporter, Computerworld, published Dec. 31, 2018 

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