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  • hitoshianatomi
    No until they come up with a solution to the following issue.

    Biometrics can theoretically be operated together with passwords in two ways, (1) by AND/conjunction or (2) by OR/disjunction. I would appreciate to hear if someone knows of a biometric product operated by (1). The users of such products must have been notified that, when falsely rejected by the biometric sensor with the devices finally locked, they would have to see the device reset.  It is the same with the biometrics operated without passwords altogether.

    Biometric products like Apple's Touch ID are generally operated by (2) so that users can unlock the devices by passwords when falsely rejected by the biometric sensors. This means that the overall vulnerability of the product is the sum of the vulnerability of biometrics (x) and that of a password (y). The sum (x + y - xy) is necessarily larger than the vulnerability of a password (y), say, the devices with Touch ID and other biometric sensors are less secure than the devices protected only by a password.

    It is very worrying to see so many ICT people being indifferent to the difference between AND/conjunction and OR/disjunction when talking about “using two factors together”.
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  • ToddN2000
    I don't see us using a biometric layer of security. Mainly due to the cost of setting one up for the volume of users we have all across the country. It's not been proven to be a "end all" to a security issue. It's still hackable. 
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  • Jeff Cutler
    Not hardly. We've seen some biometric solutions and they're not where movies might have you believe yet without getting into big money. For now, keeping good provisioning for systems and solid passwords has to be enough.
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