BlackBerrys Can Replace Eyeballs For Security Scans
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3/29/2012 | 2:53:23 AM
re: BlackBerrys Can Replace Eyeballs For Security Scans
That is a good point Andrew, especially since we know phones can be easily lost or stolen. The security story RIM tells around this as part of their pitch to users will have to be pretty convincing I think before there is serious uptake in my opinion.
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Andrew Hornback
Andrew Hornback,
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3/28/2012 | 12:01:18 AM
re: BlackBerrys Can Replace Eyeballs For Security Scans
"Providing employee with an easy way to authenticate their identity by using a device they're already carrying is certainly convenient. It means there is one less thing to worry about grabbing on the way out the door first thing in the morning."

Last time I looked, most employees were carrying around a pair of devices that could be used in this form of biometric authentication that they didn't have to worry about grabbing on the way out the door first thing in the morning. But, with this device, what happens when you misplace, lose or end up having your Blackberry stolen?

That aside, I'd have to seriously worry about having something like this around - how secure are the Blackberries that are going to be used in this system? Is RIM willing to definatively say that there's no way of stealing the biometric data off of these devices, replicating them and essentially negating the organization's investment in this system?

Something that I've always held to is that no matter what the data represents, once it's in digital form, someone out there will find a way to steal it or copy it.

Andrew Hornback
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