Our biometric data is unique – there is only one person in the world with specific fingerprints, facial traits or irises, and a widespread use of biometric data means it is stored in numerous places under different conditions. If biometric data is compromised, be it a fingerprint, face or iris – they cannot be reset.
Kaspersky has partnered with 3D accessory designer Benjamin Waye and creative agency Archetype to create a unique jewelry piece – a special ring with a printed artificial fingerprint pattern-that can now be used for authentication.
The ring is just one of the possible solutions for protecting peoples’ biometric data in an environment where there isn’t a 100% guarantee that real biometric data will be stored by third parties responsibly. With this kind of accessory, people can unlock their phone and use other systems that require authentication via a fingerprint without the worry that their biometric data will be stolen. Unlike a real fingerprint, the artificial fingerprint can be changed and re-set. In the event that your biometric data is leaked due to an attack, the ring can be replaced with a new artificial pattern – and your unique personal data will be secure.
”By combining the elements of art and technology, the ring makes the person wearing it stand out from the crowd as a visionary. It is a different approach to how we wear jewelry. Usually, it is much more practical. Not only is it considered beautiful, but it has been designed with the aim of helping to solve a quite serious problem in today’s modern life. It helps preserve our uniqueness in a world where everything could otherwise be copied”, says Benjamin Waye, the 3D accessory designer who created the design of the ring.
“While the ring is just one of the possible ways to tackle the current cybersecurity problems related to biometrics, this is certainly not a silver bullet. A real solution will involve creating measures and technologies that would guarantee the protection of people’s unique identities. Such a solution is yet to be developed and to be honest, the current situation surrounding the safety of biometrics is not where it needs to be. Nevertheless, with the increasing adoption of these technologies, it is extremely important that we start the conversation within the relevant industries to develop a collaborative approach to ensure this data is protected,” said Marco Preuss, Director, Global Research & Analysis Team, Europe.
Kaspersky believes that the current cybersecurity landscape requires a drastically different approach – a transition from ‘cybersecurity’ to ‘cyber-immunity’ where systems are designed and built to be secure and should not require security solutions to be included as add-ons. This is the future the company is working towards via the development of Kaspersky Secure OS that has been designed to make technologies cyber-immune.