Biometric vulnerabilities and why you must test

On the Pulse meeting discussing biometric vulnerabilities and the importance of testing

Biometrics Institute members to discuss biometric vulnerabilities, AI generated morphs and deepfakes

The need for rigorous testing in biometrics has become increasingly evident, particularly considering concerns surrounding misidentification and security breaches, AI generated morphs and deepfakes.

The nature of biometric systems requires thorough testing from the outset and the Three Laws of Biometrics emphasise that rigorous biometric testing is essential to ensure the integrity of these systems. A proactive approach helps mitigate potential vulnerabilities before they can manifest in real-world scenarios.

Biometric testing: A critical step in ensuring system integrity

It’s not always biometrics that fail but the process. Biometric technology is complex and therefore poses risks that need to be managed. By prioritising comprehensive testing, organisations can improve the integrity and reliability of biometric systems, safeguarding users from the potential consequences of misidentification or security breaches. Upfront testing serves as a cornerstone of responsible biometric implementation, fostering trust and confidence in this ever-evolving technology.

Not testing, is a failure, but what types of tests are available? Who is doing the testing and, how are the test results interpreted?

The Biometrics Institute is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a 90-minute On the Pulse Conversation on 15 February, 2024, to discuss the topic of biometric vulnerabilities, including the risk of morphs and deepfakes.

The event will include experts from a variety of organisations, including the UK Home Office, Amazon Web Services, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The UK Home Office will also share their experiences and insights into their testing work and the event will foster open and trusted conversations under Chatham House Rule.

Biometric vulnerabilities: Why you cannot afford NOT to test

Date: 15 February, 2024
Duration: 90-minutes
Live: 7:00 EST (Washington DC) | 12:00 GMT (London) | 13:00 CET (Brussels) | 20:00 SGT (Singapore) | 23:00 AEDT (Sydney)

This is a free online event for Biometrics Institute members. To attend please contact us via the event listing.

Expert speakers participating in the event include:
Chris Allgrove, Director and Co-founder, Ingenium Biometric Laboratories
Ralph Breithaupt, Project Manager and Senior Scientist, Federal Office for Information Security BSI, Germany
Graham Camm, Chief Architect, Home Office Biometrics, UK Home Office
Greg Cannon, Principal AI/ ML Standards, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Ted Dunstone, CEO and founder, BixeLab
Patrick Grother, Biometric Standards and Testing Lead, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Arun Ross, Site Director, Center for Identification Technology Research (CITeR)
Stephanie Schuckers, Director, Center for Identification Technology Research (CITeR)
Joel Di Manno, Service Line Manager – Biometrics, Fime


About the Biometrics Institute

The Biometrics Institute is the independent and impartial international membership organisation for biometric users and other interested parties. It was established in 2001 to promote the responsible and ethical use of biometrics and has offices in London and Sydney.

The member register which represents a global and diverse multi-stakeholder community now lists over 200 membership organisations from 34 countries. It includes banks, airlines, government agencies, biometric experts, privacy experts, suppliers, academics and 10 Observers representing United Nations agencies, IGOs and European Union institutions.

The Biometrics Institute connects the global biometrics community. It shares knowledge with its members and key stakeholders and most importantly, develops good practices and thought leadership for the responsible, ethical and effective use of biometrics.

For more information, please email Marco Lombardi.

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