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Human Behavior and Cybersecurity

Two worlds seemingly never intertwined: humans and the cyber world. At first glance, this seems to be true. Once examined though, a relationship between the two emerge. These two worlds are not separate but wrapped in each other. With the number of users utilizing software, for either pleasure or business, it’s impossible to not examine a partnership between cybersecurity and human behavior.

Human Behavior and Cybersecurity

Behavioral biometrics analyze a human’s typical use of software and signals to unidentified behavior. This can be defining an average keystroke for a user or analyzing eye movements. And predictably as time goes on, more behavioral biometrics will be used in data security best practices.

Behavioral Biometrics Examines a User’s Patterns

In 2014, a researcher introduced an artificially created fingerprint of a high member of society. The researcher used photographs of the individual’s fingerprint to produce an exact match. Authentications such as the fingerprint scans must adapt to the changing world of technology.

A Fingerprint Can Be Artificially Produced

This brings us to look at why behavioral biometrics is increasingly the answer when looking at cybersecurity methods. Behavioral biometrics take into account a specified user’s data and apply it without fault each time, giving one additional layer to data security.

Using Behavioral Biometrics Will Be Increasingly Used

Certain industries are adapting to and using these security practices. For example, banks are looking at eye recognition software for future use in place of the PIN. It attempts at lowering the number of username and password breaches by uniquely identifying users.

Some web browsers, and even banks, will alert you when your account has been used in a location not typical of your route. Similarly, there will be an alert created when an unrecognized IP address has been used. From there, the account holder can deny or confirm if it was the account holder or fraudulent behavior.

Use Locations and IP Addresses to Confirm Behavior

Banks are just one example of businesses that use behavioral metrics. Governments, defense, healthcare, and transportation industries also apply behavioral biometrics as a security practice. Environments, where data is rich in sensitivity, will call for a need in high cybersecurity.

Data Sensitive Environments Call for High Security

Some products that will aid in identifying true users are fairly impressive. One company boasts a palm reader that will correctly identify veins running through an individual’s. Other examples are voice recognition and signature identification.

As stated, on the surface these two worlds seemingly never would approach each other. Like oil and vinegar, some would say. As we move forward through our journey with technology, humans will inevitably find ways to adapt to threats in the way we use the cyber world.

Humans Will Collide and Adapt to Technology

By adapting methods of unique personal identifiers, behavior biometrics, users, and owners of IT will be protecting their data from threats that they might not have seen coming. Behavioral biometrics is but one segment of data security and its best practices, but it will be an interesting one to see where it goes.

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Human Behavior and Cybersecurity