What is your opinion on the recent pre-InfoSecurity Europe survey, which showed that 9 out of 10 UK office workers would give away their passwords in exchange for just a pen?
This survey clearly highlights that end-users are the weak link in the security chain. Whether they write down passwords on post-it notes, use their home street address (or favourite football team) as the device to remember their passwords; or share passwords as this study proves - they compromise the intent of corporate security measures. With fingerprint authentication, the burden of password management is lifted form the end-user, thereby eliminating the password oriented user practices that create the doorway to security breaches.
Digital Persona announced the integration of its fingerprint-based authentication technology with Microsoft Windows Server 2003. What can we expect from this partnership?
We have enjoyed a long and productive relationship with Microsoft. We are currently a 'Managed Partner' and call on prospects together. With Microsoft Server 2003, we integrate with Active Directory (AD). AD provides organisations with much greater flexibility in implementing Active Directory based solutions. Most importantly, a global schema change is no longer required. This allows department or divisional implementations without changing the Directory at a global corporate level. This will enable us to dramatically expand the market that is available for our solution as it removes an undesirable blocker to implementations.
What are Digital Persona's plans for the future?
Digital Persona will continue to support and sell the products it has and in the coming weeks, we will be announcing a new product that will revolutionise mobile biometrics. This will accelerate an OEM strategy that we already see providing powerful dividends. Beyond that, our core focus will be on adding key functionality to the products we sell into the enterpise.
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