Biometrics in the Cloud

Introduction

Many of us have heard about the Cloud, and even use it.  It’s obviously a rather simple process, you sign up for an account, you get a user name and password, and within seconds, you can start provisioning software applications and other services that you need on a fixed, monthly cost.  Probably the largest Cloud Provider out there is the Amazon Web Services, or AWS.

But have you actually taken the time to really understand what the Cloud is all about?  Probably not, because it is so ingrained in us to use it every day. Therefore, a formal definition of it as follows:

“The cloud is not a physical entity, but instead is a vast network of remote servers around the globe which are hooked together and meant to operate as a single ecosystem. These servers are designed to either store and manage data, run applications, or deliver content or a service such as streaming videos, web mail, office productivity software, or social media. Instead of accessing files and data from a local or personal computer, you are accessing them online from any Internet-capable device—the information will be available anywhere you go and anytime you need it.”

(SOURCE:  https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/overview/what-is-the-cloud/)

Because of the great vastness of the Cloud Infrastructure and the sensitive information and data that it possesses, it has become of the prized targets for the Cyber attacker.  There are security-based mechanisms in place to protect it, but it hardly ever seems to be enough. But, there is one technology that could almost “bullet proof” a Cloud Infrastructure – and, that is Biometrics.

In this article, we continue to examine some more technical details of a Cloud Infrastructure, and how Biometrics can fit in there in order to provide a better layer of (Read more...)

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