Biometrics: Exploring its applications for securing digital identities

Last updated: 20 March 2024

Biometrics is set to transform countless touchpoints in our lives. By using unique physical or behavioural characteristics for identification, this technology will play a crucial role in the advancement of a safer and more streamlined digital identity.

Already predicted to increase by more than 50% from 4.2 billion in 2022 to 6.5 billion in 2026, the technology is a force to be reckoned with.

In our latest piece for Intelligent CISO, we explored how biometrics will transform digital identities across various sectors:

  • Efficient travel with digital ID passports: For the travel industry, which relies heavily on physical verification, biometric-enabled authentication processes are a natural solution. This area is ripe for innovation, with the technology in digital ID passports being utilised to help more people move and travel seamlessly.
  • Securing healthcare data: In the healthcare sector, biometrics are vital for patient identification and record-keeping. Electronic health records (EHRs) integrated with biometrics enable accurate patient identification, preventing medical errors and ensuring personalised care. Looking ahead, we will also see more telemedicine platforms using biometrics for secure patient authentication during vertical consultations.
  • More convenient retail and financial sector interactions: Retailers increasingly use biometrics for secure transactions and offer personalised customer experiences. Biometric authentication will continue to make a big impact in this sector – allowing for seamless and secure payments, reducing the risk of fraud.
  • Biometrics in law enforcement and criminal justice: Law enforcement agencies can leverage biometrics for criminal identification and investigation. Indeed, biometric databases aid in the identification of suspects through fingerprint, facial recognition, or DNA analysis. This enhances public safety and expedites criminal investigations by quickly matching biometric data against vast repositories.

Biometrics are crucial in shaping the future of digital identity, offering secure and efficient interactions across diverse sectors. By prioritising privacy and security considerations, biometrics will undoubtedly redefine individuals’ engagement with organisations..

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