With all of the recent talk about on-device authentication thanks to the biometric smartphones and peripherals featuring fingerprint sensors currently taking aim at the mass markets, it’s important to remember that cloud technology is also playing a big role in mobile identity management.
The cloud is allowing for a great number of innovations in the world of mobile identity, particularly when it comes to enterprise deployments. All throughout October, Mobile ID World will be taking a closer look at identity management and the cloud. Welcome to Cloud Authentications Month.
Biometrics as a Service
One of the biggest innovations resulting from the intersection of biometrics and the cloud is a new model of deployment for companies looking to bring strong authentication into their operations: Biometrics as a Service (BaaS). Based on the Software as a Service model but applied to security, BaaS allows entities to choose the strong authentication system that best suits their needs, be they price, hygiene, amount of friction or cultural nuance.
The following articles will help further illustrate how the Biometrics as a Service model works to add the flexibility factor to identity management.
Many Modes of Cloud Authentication
There are two major ways that the cloud can offer next generation identity solutions. As described above, it can offer biometric technology through a software service model, but the cloud can also take encrypted data from biometric hardware used by a consumer and apply an algorithm to authenticate it on a secure server. This latter use of cloud technology is thought to be a solution with plenty of potential in the realm of mobile banking. Either way, there is no single biometric modality best suited for the cloud and articles here reflect that diveristy.
What We Talk About When We Talk About Cloud Authentication
There is no better way to learn about new technologies and services than through a conversation with an expert. The following interviews should help shine a light through the haziness and give you a good idea of what cloud technology aims for, who the target market is and why the technology is considered disruptive by many in the identity management industry.
Interview With Jim Miller, CEO, ImageWare (1) (on the company, its products and target markets)
Interview with Jim Miller, CEO, ImageWare (2) (on on the growing mobile payments industry and moving past passwords)
Stay posted to Mobile ID World throughout October as we explore the topic of cloud authentication. Follow us on Twitter and use the hashtag #MIDWMonthly to be a part of the conversation.