Facial recognition under pressure

By capturing biometric characteristics, people can be identified quickly and easily – at least in theory. But most consumers are not comfortable with these authentication options, as a British survey once again shows. And facial recognition may even lose additional popularity due to protests in the U.S.

Already, only 31 percent of Britons have no major concerns about having to identify themselves using this method, Specops Software found in a survey. The discomfort is only greater when the focus is on the user's own eye: just eleven percent of users are comfortable with iris or retina scans. At least 42 percent feel comfortable with fingerprint matching, with voice recognition coming in at 44 percent.

However, more traditional methods are clearly superior to biometrics in this regard. Hardly any fears are shown by 53 percent for signatures, 66 percent for SMS authentication, 72 percent for tokens and 78 percent for classic passwords. For the figures, the security experts at Specops Software surveyed a total of 3.740 British citizens.


Algorithm helps insurers select personnel

Digitalization is bringing about change in the search for top personnel. Even the insurer Talanx, with its 20 worldwide.000 employees is making use of them via the new software of a start-up company. Since the beginning of the year, the group has dispensed with elaborate assessment centers, comprehensive tests in which applicants are tested for their suitability by specialists for days on end.

At Talanx, a single phone call to a computer is now enough, reports dpa. The applicant can explain, for example, what a perfect day looks like for him or her. "The whole thing takes about half an hour, costs about 1,000 euros and is run by computer, whereas an assessment center takes one to two days and usually costs five figures," says Torsten Leue, the Talanx board member responsible for international business who will become the new CEO in May. However, the machine does not select, but is only used for pre-selection. In assessment centers, the program was run on a trial basis in the previous year and produced extremely high matches. "I also faced this tool and was thrilled," says Leue, a business economist.

Robot program tests suitability


Shopware restructures management

With Herbert Lefering, Jorn Paulsen and Josua Seiler, three new directors strengthen the management of the store system provider shopware with immediate effect. In the future, the Management Board will consist only of Stefan and Sebastian Hamann, who will jointly manage the company.

As Director Sales, Herbert Lefering is now responsible for international sales at shopware. Before entering the IT industry, the qualified business economist (VWA) worked as a self-employed management consultant. For a decade, the sales expert was responsible for the development and management of Tobit Software AG's worldwide sales, before he initiated the EMEA business of the Canadian company GWAVA and managed it for 16 years.

As the new Director of SaaS Products Services at shopware, Jorn Paulsen is responsible for developing the SaaS market ("Software as a Service"). Lefering, who holds a degree in media informatics, gained his experience in the digital industry over a period of more than 20 years, initially as a developer in a Hamburg agency. In 2009, he moved to a Cologne-based eCommerce startup as Head of Product. There he developed the SaaS store system SUPR together with Tengelmann Ventures and the Otto Group. In the role of COO, he later played a key role in the acquisition by Wirecard AG, where as Vice President he drove the further scaling of the product.


Company future?

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