How much do you trust in the security precautions being taken these days to protect your physical and financial well-being? Not much. According to new research from Unisys Trusted Enterprise Index.
In their new data, Unisys uncovers that consumers in the US and UK are not very confident in the current processes in place to protect them and would much rather see biometrics used for security measures in the future.
Biometrics offer protection by providing secure identification and access through the use of unique physical characteristics such as, fingerprints, facial patterns and hand measurements to positively identify a person.
Among the areas of most concern, border and data security top the list as they have posed quite serious security threats most recently.
When it comes to improved security with associated with data, consumers in the US and UK are looking for a way to defend the rising rates of fraud and identity theft occurring each day. These fraudulent activities leave the entire population at risk, and can have harmful effects on the economy and the world as a whole.
The study uncovered that 63 percent of those respondents in the United States and 87 percent of those in the United Kingdom do not have trust in the current security measures and believe that government and financial institutions are not doing enough to stop the alarming rates of identity fraud and stolen personal information, which they say will continue to rise until biometrics are in place.
In response to these rising rates, respondents of the survey said having biometric measures of security implemented would improve their trust in these systems.
Commenting on the data collected, Mark Chon, vice president for integrated security programs at Unisys said in a statement, "Consumers are concerned that current security processes at our nations airports and borders are inadequate, which likely will result in even more widespread adoption of biometrics within these areas."
Border security and the security present at airports are also of major concern. Protecting the safety of travelers and positively identifying those boarding the plane is necessary to increase consumer trust.
According to a news release on the study's findings, "Nearly two-thirds (62 percent) of consumers claim they would have more trust in airport security as a result of a program like Registered Traveler, a government supported private sector program that uses biometrics to enable frequent fliers to pass through the security screening process more quickly and efficiently without compromising security."
Biometrics are also put in place along with other technology and infrastructure to help law enforcement agents better identify people trying to illegally enter the country.
Cohn also noted, "New programs like Registered Traveler and the Secure Border Initiative take advantage of biometric technology, which, according to Unisys research, may play an important role in encouraging a more trusted and secure as well as convenient customer experience. It is imperative that we understand which technologies consumers prefer and will accept comfortably, because that will essentially determine the effectiveness of security measures across the globe."