The technological advancements that we have achieved are quite literally without precedent and the pace of development is only increasing. In just over 100 years we have gone from the first flight to SpaceX initiatives to operate re-launchable rockets that will one day hopefully be able to extend the reach of humans into the cosmos. In roughly 50 years we have taken the processing power of NASA space vehicles and compressed that same power into the mobile devices found in our pockets.
Find out how Twizo CCO is looking to simplify cybersecurity for us
Sounds amazing, right?
Yet never before in the history of mankind have things been as easily accessible or manageable as they are in 2018. The world and our technology almost look “easy” at times.
We are all periodically guilty of underappreciating the amazing achievements that we have achieved as a species.
Who amongst us really takes the time to understand, appreciate or even think about Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) and how it allows for our emails to flow from one inbox to another via an interoperable data flow?
Are we innovating?
While many people are immensely excited by the potential that blockchain can bring to various industries, not many amongst us care to understand its operational details. What we do care about and what we will eventually enjoy is the benefits that blockchain can bring to the flow of money and data as a whole from a speed and security standpoint. Details be damned so long as our lives are easier!
Do we actually care at all about cybersecurity? Eric from Twizo shares more.
Why should our digital security be any different? We live in a world that demands ease of use, frictionless engagement and little to no inconvenience. Sad to say that today securing ourselves online via cybersecurity protocols and Two Factor Authentication does not currently check those boxes. Cybersecurity currently requires user awareness but that is not the reality that we have to settle for and that is not the reality that service providers are working towards.
Enter adaptive two-factor authentication and biometric authentication.
As opposed to having to engage with a 2FA procedure at every login, would it not be better if the services we engage with understand our behavior and habits so as to be able to identify abnormalities that may require higher levels of security? If a user consistently logs in from the same IP address at the same frequency then its pretty safe to say that the user is indeed who the user says they are. Only when the IPs, frequency or other behavioral traits change should that user need to be verified. Adaptive authentication works in the background with limited to no engagement or awareness from the user. Same level of security, less inconvenience from the user.
Easy … just the way we like it.
What about when engagement finally is required in order to verify and authenticate a user? As opposed to accomplishing that via cumbersome 2FA procedures that require multiple points of engagement or multiple physical devices, why not use the one thing we all have that is unique to each one of us? Biometrics and that can mean either facial recognition, voice recognition, fingerprints or any combination of them.
The future of cybersecurity is happening now
As someone active within the cybersecurity space as a two-factor authentication service provider, I am pleased to say that these topics are not conceptual. Adaptive authentication and biometric security are already available in the industry and being developed to further enhance the simplicity of user engagement.
In the same way that our phone calls, mobile data, financial payments and other digital data is transferred all over the world without any of us taking a moment to think about their complexity, yet never doubting their efficiency, cybersecurity should and will work the same way.
About the author
Eric brings a world of knowledge, relationships and experience with him built on 15 years in the startup, tech and business world after having started his first company at 17 years old.
Eric now plays an integral role at Impiro and within some of its portfolio companies, Silverstreet and Twizo included, in terms of driving partner relationship development, strategy and new initiatives. His strong focus on providing great value, transparency and dedication to his partners has become synonymous with his approach to business and a foundational aspect of everything he does at the group.
Eric was born in Canada and is today based out of Singapore.
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