Finnish transport and communications regulator Traficom has published a 30-page document concerning AI-enabled cyberattacks. It predicts that AI-enabled attacks will likely become more widespread among less skilled attackers in the next five years, adding that the cybersecurity industry will need to adapt to stay ahead of such malicious efforts. Furthermore, according to Traficom, biometric authentication methods may become obsolete because of advanced impersonation techniques enabled by AI.
If Traficom’s prediction is accurate, this could be a very concerning development, given the increased importance placed on biometrics for identity verification in places such as Ghana and the EU, as well as for mobile device security. However, since Traficom tempers their prediction, the possibility of biometrics becoming obsolete should currently be considered as just that: a possibility.
Yet the concerns raised by even this possibility points to the importance of cybersecurity in our increasingly digitized world, and the key role biometrics have come to play for governments, telecom providers and device manufacturers. Were those metrics to actually become obsolete, what, if anything, would we have in our arsenal to replace them?