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Is biometric security the future of IT?

Biometrics on mobile phone

Not that long ago, biometric security – systems that use the unique characteristics of our bodies to prove identity – was the stuff of science fiction. But now it’s a feature of everyday life – we use it in airports, on our office computers and have fingerprint facial and voice recognition on our phones. Used smartly, it makes it very difficult for someone else to claim to be you – it’s proven to be a tough barrier for cyber criminals to break and 65% of consumers feel safer if biometric authentication is used, according to research by Experian.

The global biometrics market is expected to reach $24.8bn by 2021, so there’s every sign that the technology is with us to stay. Here are some benefits biometric security could bring to your business:

Employee verification

Fingerprint biometrics are a secure way to identify employees. As they enter the office or log on to systems, it is much more accurate than traditional security methods, capable of verifying employees or visitors within a matter of seconds. It can event act as a step in a multi-factor authentication process – which identifies a user with a two-step validation – adding additional layers of protection to their password.

No need for pins or passwords

Passwords alone can no longer protect an organisation’s IT infrastructure and data – businesses that continue to use this form of security are vulnerable to serious security breaches. Biometric data like a fingerprint is unique to the individual and can’t be replicated, so is a much safer method of identification.

Manage IT networks

Just as we can access our phone or tablet with a quick and secure finger scan, biometrics can be incorporated into IT devices to manage access to business networks. Fingerprint scanners can be embedded into keyboards so only the approved employee will have access to the device, the business network and its data.

Convenience

Biometric security systems are convenient for those using and managing it – it’s always with you! For employees, it’s a lot easier to use biometric identification than having to remember passwords or carry an ID card around. For employers, it reduces time spent resetting passwords, replacing ID badges or worry about them being stolen.

Reduces threat of data breaches

Biometrics are far more advanced than other methods of security. They are able to detect characteristics that are unique to an individual, so attempted hacking can be detected and prevented quickly. It is near impossible for someone to steal your data, or for you to lose it. Biometrics can rarely be duplicated – but you should remain sensitive to potential threats as some methods of biometrics are more easily manipulated than others, such as voice recognition through a recording.

Scalability

Your IT systems need to grow with your business and one major advantage of biometrics is its scalability. These systems are highly flexible and can easily accept additional employee data, making it cost-effective and efficient. It will save time and money setting up new ID cards or passwords and once the system is integrated, there will be little to no ongoing costs.

Biometrics are rapidly becoming a key part of many business’s technology investments, due to its quick and easy verification, efficiency and security. These systems are proving critical as the threat of cyber related crime continues to grow – it may be the solution every business needs.

For more information about the use of biometrics in multifactor authentication, contact us.