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  1. Facial Recognition & Cybersecurity

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    Human beings are uniquely adept at recognizing faces and interpreting facial expressions. The average person is capable of remembering and recognizing over 5,000 unique faces instantly. We’re so good at it that we can immediately spot a familiar person up to 50 yards away. For a machine to step up to the task of recognizing faces that quickly and reliably would be quite a feat of engineering. But, of course, facial recognition technology (FR) has made some critical leaps forward in recent years.

    For FR to work, it has to go through a process of capturing images, extracting key feature markers, comparing these to a database, and performing a match search. At present, facial recognition security assets require that a would-be entrant present his or her face to the scanner, hold still for a moment, and try not to visibly emote. This kind of tech can help harden an access point against unauthorized entrants- but the limitations of the system make it easy for clever hackers to defeat.

    Here at Integrated Axis Technology Group in Arizona, our goal is to help you get the most out of any security technology you choose to deploy. At present, recognizing the cybersecurity risks of Facial Recognition is critical.

    The Risks of Facial Recognition Technology

    The best FR tech performs Capture, Extraction, Comparison, and Matching very quickly. But for an intruder who understands how the machine works, defeating the system is still possible. There is also a list of known methods to beat FR cameras. They include, but are not limited to;

    • Camera finders: detect FR cameras so they can be avoided
    • NIR LEDs: use bright lights to disrupt FR scans
    • Reflective accessories: blind camera sensors
    • Prosthetic masks: realistic masks that can trick FR cameras
    • Hair and makeup: obscure and alter facial features without looking suspicious

    FR Hacking

    For the time being, all of these methods allow people to escape detection. But only one can actually fool an FR scanner in order to gain access to a restricted location, the prosthetic mask. While these items are expensive, it is possible for a criminal to obtain them, and they easily fool most FR systems. Of course, privacy is always a concern. By making your face your key and password, that means anyone who manages to obtain a prosthetic copy of your face gains access. In a world where FR is ubiquitous, a rise in prosthetic mask crime is a predictable outcome.

    Reliability

    Automakers have begun experimenting with FR tech as a means for drivers to access their vehicles. Models that are currently in testing have a high rate of success, about 97%. But these devices succeed at lower rates recognizing women due to makeup and hair changes, and people with dark skin, which absorbs much of the light FR systems need to work.

    Privacy

    Of course, placing FR cameras anywhere poses a privacy threat to anyone who walks by them. With these concerns on the rise, we can expect to see changes to legislation regulating these devices in the near future.

    Here at Integrated Axis, our goal is to help companies in Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona cope with and overcome these risks. Our integrated It services are designed to keep you ahead of the competition- especially in areas where keeping up with bleeding-edge technology is key to remaining competitive in your industry.

  2. Cybersecurity & Artificial Intelligence: A Glimpse at 2020

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    At Integrated Axis, we spend a great deal of time studying current and trending news in the industry, especially where cybersecurity is concerned. Many of the trends in the upcoming year concern artificial intelligence. While there are definitely other trends and upcoming changes to think about, we’re going to concentrate this short article on AI and how it impacts your cybersecurity.

    Top Predictions for How AI Impacts Cybersecurity in 2020

    You don’t necessarily think of AI and cybersecurity at the same time. They’re two different facets of technology. The trends are rising to use AI in the workforce and you will see AI being used more robustly to streamline workflows and allow for the better use of data. It also won’t be the doom and gloom job killer. Being able to automate these processes means that your employees will be able to make use of the bigger picture data that was often lost to them before. This will allow them to launch more projects with greater efficiency and will likely create more high level jobs rather than cutting lower level jobs.

    So AI is going to be a necessity for most businesses going forward, but that doesn’t negate the fact that it comes with some cybersecurity risks. Here are a few upcoming AI cybersecurity trends you should be informed about to maintain proper data safety:

    • Hackers Will Use More AI to Analyze Behavior. AI isn’t just a tool for your business. It’s also a great tool for bad actors. We’re going to see an uptick in hacking organizations using AI in order to analyze behavior so that they infiltrate systems. What this means for you is that phishing and other attacks will be far more convincing. You won’t be able to rely on badly worded, unprofessional communications to give them away. It also means you’ll need to be more diligent with password protections and other cybersecurity measures.
    • AI Will Also Be Used By IT to Protect Data. AI automates a lot of processes that are difficult to do manually. Hackers are trying to find one opening into your system. Your IT team needs to find every possible breach point and secure it. AI will help to make their job easier to navigate.
    • AI Will Increase False Information. Fake news is a mantra you hear often in politics, but it is pretty rampant online and a lot of that is spurred by bots sending out fake tweets and websites publishing articles full of false information. While this by itself doesn’t necessarily compromise your cybersecurity. Those fake accounts are often run by or infiltrated by hackers who can lead real people to compromise professional data inadvertently.

    Are You Looking for an IT Expert to Help Prepare Your Team for Upcoming Cybersecurity Threats?

    As technology evolves, so do the different ways that your data can be compromised. AI will improve business processes but it also leaves you open to some forms of attack.

    If you’re looking for a dedicated professional to help secure your business today and in the future, contact Integrated Axis today.