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Look into facial recognition software

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Almost every movie scene that deals with top-secret security showcases facial recognition software, but outside Hollywood, it's only recently existed on mobile devices for biometric authentication purposes.

As it becomes more advanced, adoption of the technology into everyday end-user devices increases. The iPhone X offers Face ID as the new biometric authentication, which maps out the user's face using more than 30,000 pinpoints to register the unique pattern using the phone's TrueDepth camera. The front-facing infrared camera reads the dots it captures in an infrared image and sends it to the chip to confirm a match each time the user attempts to open the phone. The A11 Bionic chip uses machine learning to continuously recognize the user's face, even as it changes over time or is interrupted by something such as a hat or mustache. IT could potentially use mobile device management to determine whether it wants users to implement Face ID or not.

Samsung Galaxy was one of the first smartphones to integrate facial recognition software. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ offer iris scanning, facial recognition, fingerprint authentication, password, pattern or PIN security. The facial recognition software is actually faster than using a fingerprint to unlock the Galaxy S8. There is one problem, though; hackers can dupe face recognition for Samsung by using a photo. Samsung openly admits that the software is made to unlock the phone, not for state-of-the-art security.

Employees will begin bringing these devices to work, meaning companies should gain familiarity with this mobile biometric. Organizations can adopt the technology to grant access to work-related documents, applications or devices. Microsoft already began introducing facial recognition software to the enterprise with the Windows Hello sign-in, which allows IT to implement facial recognition for Windows 10 access. The process requires additional hardware -- Intel's RealSense 3D camera -- which is costly. And because most mobile devices that offer facial recognition also offer fingerprint and iris scanning, facial recognition adoption is much less likely.

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