Eye vein biometrics provides missing link in BYOD security, says EyeVerify CEO

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EyeVerify, a supplier of smartphone-based eye vein biometrics, is working with Android smartphone makers to offer its authentication product as a way to strengthen BYOD security, Toby Rush, the group's chief executive officer, told FierceMobileIT here in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

Rush said that user authentication technology has been "lacking" on smartphones, even though other security issues, such as securing the data on the phone through encryption, have made great progress. EyeVerify supplies the missing link in BYOD security, he noted.

In addition to working with handset manufacturers, EyeVerify works with mobile device management vendors to make the eye vein biometric a security feature of their overall product.

Eye vein patterns are as unique as fingerprints. They do not change regardless of whether a person is stressed, drunk, or tired, Rush explained.

"We are the leading edge of the security stack in that we verify who is accessing the data to begin with. For BYOD security, it's about securing the device, the apps, and who is accessing the information," Rush explained.

Eye vein biometrics can deliver fingerprint level accuracy from the device, the company explained on its website. The "eyeprint," based on the eye vein structure of the user's eye, can be captured by a smartphone's camera. The user holds the phone six to 12 inches from the eye, the user glances to the left or right of the camera, the phone vibrates when the image capture is complete, and the image processing is completed in less than one second.

Rush explained that his company's biometric solution would be used to verify the identity of a person trying to access the corporate network. "This would be a very strong single sign on process. Once you are in, the company has a high confidence that you are who you say you are," Rush said.

Once the employee is in, the MDM products ensure that the employee operates securely within their container. "We are the lock on the front door" of the corporate network, Rush concluded.

For more:
- check out EyeVerify's website

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