Bolstering your cyber security is something all IT professionals put immense value on, particularly with the news brimming with stories of high-profile cyber attacks. Legal chambers are particularly vulnerable. Hackers value information that can be bought and sold for financial gain, and a legal chambers, with all its private and personal information, is a potential gold mine.

Biometric identification could be the next step your chambers makes to ensure that your network is as safe as possible. It is always worth exploring the latest cyber security technology to ensure that you are keeping up to date with the latest threats. According one survey published by the UK government, 65% of large firms in the UK detected a cyber security threat or breach in 2016. Never has there been a better time to bolster your protection. The additional benefit is that with stronger cyber security, you are also one step closer to being completely GDPR ready.

 

What is Biometric Identification?

 

Biometric identification uses unique identifiers such as fingerprints, voice recognition, facial recognition, and iris scanning to identify users, none of which can easily be replicated by cyber attackers. This is its central benefit, since much of the personal information we currently use to identify ourselves – passwords, birthdates, names, addresses for example – is relatively easy for a professional hacker to discover. Many current users of biometrics have found that it is particularly useful in preventing fraud.

 

What Are The Benefits To Cyber Security?

 

Smart phones are leading the way in utilising biometric technology, with Samsung fitting their latest model phones and tablets with iris scanners, fingerprint scanners, and facial recognition technology. The benefits are quite clear: any data stored within that device can only be accessed by one individual. An additional bonus is that use of biometrics negates the need for both passwords and tokens like ID cards. Passwords need to be complex, individual to each application, and are therefore often difficult to remember, while security tokens are easily lost or stolen.

You should also keep in mind the fact that cyber security criminals are developing their own technology daily. Biometric identification technology is already extremely useful in keeping your data safe, but there are still so many potential developments which can allow you to continually develop your own cyber security systems.

From the perspective of GDPR and the need for accountability, biometric identification also provides a clear-cut audit trail, all linked to specific individuals through their unique identifiers. Considering the benefits of biometric identification, it is also straightforward and quick to use, non-invasive, and easy to set up.

 

Future Developments

 

There is so much potential for the future of biometric identification, and not just in the area of cyber security. For example, PIN numbers for use at cash machines may well become a thing of the past, with fingerprint scanners proving both effective and negating the need to remember numerous PINs. Already, numerous banks are using fingerprint recognition as part of their mobile banking app security. Iris scanners, facial recognition and voice recognition can all be used as physical security measures as well as cyber.

Developments are even being made in using biometrics in cars, for home security systems, and luggage locks. In the case of cars, this could mean using biometrics to unlock the vehicle, or to determine who is driving and whether they are fit to do so.

 

Getting Started

 

You can access advice on using biometric identification as part of your cyber security systems by contacting CBSIT today. We can advise you on the best uses of the latest technology in maintaining and upgrading your chamber’s cyber security systems in a way that is tailored to your specific needs. Our services include assisting you with an ongoing security strategy which will always meet regulatory standards while tackling all of the most up-to-date threats.