Obama’s cybersecurity chief stresses biometrics’ importance
10 October 2014 14:10 GMT

Cybersecurity incidents in the US in 2014 rose 48% over the year before to 42.8 million, according to a PWC report.

US President Barack Obama’s top cybersecurity adviser has said that biometric scanning devices are the most likely technology to replace passwords as identification technology evolves.

White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Michael Daniel said at an event hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, Northrop Grumman and the Centre for National Policy that passwords should be ‘killed dead’ as a primary security method.

“It has to be replaced with something easy to use. There are variety of technologies that will be able to do that, some of which will be biometric-related. You started to see some of that with the emergence of fingerprint readers but also you can use the cameras on cell phones, which are now ubiquitous.”

He also pointed out the potential of face recognition security through device's cameras: "Selfies could actually be used for something other than posting on Facebook."

Cybersecurity incidents in the U.S. in 2014 rose 48% over the year before to 42.8 million, according to a report released by PWC in September.

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