Authentication is one of the most important topics on the table for discussion this year, particularly in regards to how the need for secure data access has been increased considerably during the COVID-19 crisis. How can you make sure that your data is being accessed in a safe and secure manner while also verifying the identity of whoever accesses it? Voice-based authentication might be one option.
Here are some of the variables that must be taken into consideration concerning voice-based authentication.
Authentication measures require the user to provide proof of identity. If the proof matches what the system compares it to, then the user is granted access. Voice authentication uses the user’s voice print of a specific phrase to keep access to an account secure. The system then compares that spoken phrase to what it has stored.
If the passphrase was “The rain in Spain falls mainly over the lazy dog,” the system would check for the correct phrase, as well as the tones and inflections in the user’s voice. As such, voice recognition software would classify as “something you are” in terms of multi-factor authentication, right alongside staples like retinal scanning, facial recognition, and palm scans.
Just like other authentication measures, there are already many stories about how voice recognition can be fooled. Hackers have already been able to fool voice authentication with recorded segments of the victim’s voice, and they have hidden malicious commands in white noise to gain control over voice-activated devices.
That said, it’s important to mention that any form of identity authentication is not going to be as effective on its own as if you were to use it alongside other measures. Voice authentication is being developed with a couple of built-in features that are meant to minimize fraud. First, there is liveness detection, a measure that can differentiate between a recorded snippet and a real live voice. The second is continuous authentication, a process that constantly checks whether or not the person accessing the device is who they say they are.
We have already touched on a couple of these, but we wanted to emphasize the importance of these best practices:
No matter how you choose to secure your business, BNMC can help. To learn more, reach out to us at 978-482-2020.