Biometrics in Cloud Computing
Cloud Technology has been dominating digital platforms over the past few years and has stepped its footprints in Biometrics as well. Cloud based biometric applications offer the most convenient, secure and cost-effective way of data management without the need for space occupying and tedious physical servers. Cloud biometric systems allow data to be transferred and processed among multiple locations without any complexity.
Before we get into any details, first let’s understand about Cloud Technology. Cloud is basically a virtual entity, meaning that it does not have any physical structure and made up of vast networks of remote servers clustered together operating as a single entity. The cloud-based systems are designed to manage, process, store and transfer data, information or applications over internet instead of accessing them from physical servers, computer or external storage devices. Since, the cloud system exists on online, you can access your requirements from anywhere at anytime. Cloud Technology is being integrated into biometric systems to facilitate Time Attendance operations, Business Management requirements, etc.
Cloud Infrastructure forms the basis of a cloud platform and it is required to host services and applications in cloud. A typical cloud infrastructure is composed of hardware, virtualization, storage, and network resources, each integrated into one another, acting as building blocks of a cloud platform.
Despite the fact that the cloud ecosystem is a virtual entity, the cloud solution providers require a hardware system as a part of the cloud infrastructure. However, the users are not required to install any hardware, Cloud systems are easily accessible over internet connected devices such as computer or mobile. The hardware may include networking devices such as routers, firewalls, physical servers, storage devices, backup devices, etc. Which are typically maintained by the respective cloud solution provider. Virtualization connects the hardware resources to the online network making cloud platforms accessible to users as well as to add, delete or modify data or applications.
Types of Cloud Environment
There are mainly 3 different types of cloud environment available private clouds, public clouds and hybrid clouds. Public clouds are cloud services offered by cloud solution providers in a larger scale to other business organizations and are not owned by end-users. Whereas, private clouds are cloud systems solely dedicated to single end-user or group with a completed isolated cloud infrastructure.
Hybrid cloud is a cloud environment that integrates 2 or more public or private clouds for example, a hybrid cloud can be an integration of atleast 1 private and atleast 1 public cloud, 2 or more private clouds, 2 or more public clouds.
Cloud Data Management
Cloud systems provide the most convenient way of data management especially in critical situations such as disasters or outbreaks, recovery, backup, and long-term archiving. Data management in cloud allows data to be shared with other cloud environments as well as any other platforms in an instant without the restrictions of boundaries or time. Cloud-based time attendance management makes handling employee data hassle-free and Cloud driven business management systems enhance administrative operations, business deals, transactions as well as data management, thereby amplifying the productivity of organizations several folds.
Advantages of Cloud Environment
Using Cloud Data Management includes ample benefits such as consolidation of processes, disaster recovery, archiving, analytics, ransomware protection, data protection in native and immutable format and so on. Some of the key advantages of cloud systems are listed below:
Simple & Easy to Handle Applications
High-end Security & Encryption
Comprehensible Services & Resource Governance
Massive Storage Capacity
Data Protection, Data Backup & Recovery
Biometrics to Secure Cloud
Due to the vastness of Cloud Infrastructure and the sensitive information that it contains, cloud platforms are potential targets for cyber-attacks. Even with powerful cybersecurity measure, cyber-attackers still find a way to penetrate into systems. However, biometric based authentication system can provide a fool-proof mechanism to cloud infrastructure to defend against cyber-attacks. Since, biometrics applies unique biological attributes of individuals which cannot be replicated or copied can be used as authentication system to login and access applications in cloud platforms, thereby forming a virtually impenetrable layer of protection.