In this video that originally apeared in TechRepublic, BioCatch Vice President Frances Zelazny explains how behavioral biometrics can detect fraud before it happens, like that which occurred in the Uber data breach.

In 2016, poor password management resulted in a devastating data breach that exposed 57 million user accounts at Uber. In this interview Frances Zelazny, VP at Biotech, discusses the Uber attack and how you can prevent it from happening to your company. Read more for key takeaways from the interview.

   

How the Uber data breach happened and why should it matter to you?

Put simply, Uber’s hackers accessed their users’ login information through a third-party cloud service. This particular breach should come as no surprise. With the amount of consumer info Uber has, they were a large target.

That being said, a threat like this is a teachable moment. Nine billion records have been stolen in the last five years with a new cyber attack occuring every 39 seconds on internet-connected computers all over the world. Cyber security should be the concern of everyone, not just the big guys.

How can biometrics keep your data more secure?

Your mother's maiden name shouldn’t be your best line of defense. Static information is both guessable and phishable. In order to improve our security, we need to change the way we think about security and find ways to make static information less valuable. Traditional biometrics--such as fingerprints, eyes, face, and voice--begin to solve this problem by binding a user to their identity. This is step one.

Step two involves the new modality of behavioral biometrics which provide an additional layer of security. By carefully measuring user behavior through continuous authentication processes, behavioral biometrics can prevent account takeovers even after a user is logged in.

What can we do now?

In the short term, we need to be open to new technologies, including but not limited to behavioral biometrics. Remember, compliance does not guarantee security. An investment in behavioral biometrics could have potentially detected the hackers before they were able to cause any damage.

In general, we need to be more thoughtful about where we store our data and why.  Deploying dynamic technologies may be the solution to a lot of these problems. Looking beyond the data layer and into the future is the best way to prevent the cyber attacks of tomorrow, today.

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