Biometric Authentication Pivotal for Enterprise Security

Enterprise Security Magazine | Friday, July 22, 2022

Changes to data protection laws, company policies, and greater risks posed by cybercriminals to information systems have led to rapid advances and implementation of the technology for a variety of access control situations.

FREMONT, CA: Body measurements and calculations relating to human characteristics are referred to as biometrics. In computer science, biometric authentication is used as a form of identification and access control. Essentially, this is a method of proving one's identity with their biological feature set rather than remembering a set of numbers or a word. Governments, businesses, and other services can now safely provide access to systems with more secure authentication than ever before thanks to biometric solutions. Some examples of biometric authentication tools are scanners for fingerprints, voice and facial recognition, a scanner for the iris (eye), and the geometry of the hand.

Advantages of biometric authentication:

1. Improved security: Biometric authentication offers a secure and impenetrable access control solution that does not expose data to cybercriminals. Nobody can leave their keys anywhere or reveal their password to anyone else.

2. Ease of use and accuracy: The most obvious advantage of using biometric authentication is convenience. It is a simple, one-step procedure that requires little processing time. Users do not want to go through complicated login and verification procedures every time they need to access an account or device. Using biometrics instead of long passwords results in a better user experience and a smooth onboarding process. An iris scan or fingerprint scan, for example, takes less time to enter and be accepted, especially by smartphones. Ultrasound scanners for voice recognition are also expected to become common shortly. Because of this convenience, security systems that can authenticate people at scale can be built. User-friendly systems easily onboard customers without the need for education or training, and are increasingly available in most hand-held devices. The use of biometrics for identity verification increases the likelihood of accuracy. High-security threats and compliance requirements force businesses to investigate and implement robust authentication systems with low failure rates.

3. Faster access: It takes a long time to type in a secure password, assuming to remember it at all. If an individual doesn't, it can take minutes or longer to retrieve it and regain access. In comparison, a fingerprint scanner can quickly lock and unlock the workstation or device.

4. Greater convenience: According to security experts, one should never use the same password for multiple systems, which means there is a lot to remember. Fingerprint scanners increase security without overloading with credentials to remember.

5. Identity management: Traditional identity screening methods have been shown to produce less accurate and reliable results. Login information, address confirmations, and even social security numbers cannot prove that a person is who they claim to be. Digital identity theft and other cyber breaches have increased the likelihood that all of this personal information will be stolen. Biometric authentication can help to solve this problem by enabling much more reliable and accurate online verifications. Unique body traits such as fingerprints are less likely to be duplicated, and hacking into such data is nearly impossible. Biometrics can also be used as a secondary authentication method, in addition to a traditional method such as password login. Businesses can use biometric prompts to ensure that only authorised users request access to high-risk transactions such as online purchases or bill payments.

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