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Exclusive 2021 Trends in Biometric Authentication

Enterprise Security Magazine | Monday, April 19, 2021

As the zero-trust mentality becomes the standard in the cybersecurity industry, many security experts anticipate biometrics to be more commonly integrated into continuous authentication systems.

FREMONT, CA : A biometric authentication is a form of cybersecurity that verifies a user’s identity by using their biological characteristics as a password. Biometric authentication systems can decide if a user is attempting to log in / access data or others by comparing their biometric signature to one submitted and stored in a database.

Biometric authentication is a quickly emerging technology that, when properly applied, will help the company ensure that only the appropriate people have access to sensitive data. Here is what one needs to know about biometric security today, as well as what to expect in 2021(and beyond).

Biometric Authentication Will Continue to Gain Popularity

The term continuous authentication refers to authentication that occurs in real-time (and locks you out when the criteria for validation are no longer met). As the zero-trust mentality becomes the standard in the cybersecurity industry, many security experts anticipate biometrics to be more commonly integrated into continuous authentication systems. Specifically, because continuous authentication provides a better user experience and users prefer biometric authentication systems to passwords.

Continuous authentication is usually accomplished by measuring an ‘authentication score’ in real-time, representing the probability that a user is who they claim to be. Some modern vehicles, for example, also employ continuous authentication with their key fobs. The doors lock, and the car will not start if one walks away from those cars with the key fob in the pocket. Upon return, the car will usually unlock itself. This means that only the individual with the key fob (which, unless the key is stolen, should be an authorized user) has access. Incorporating biometric signatures (such as a person’s gait or face) or behavioral attributes (such as data from an app) into the key fob, on the other hand, will provide an additional layer of verification that the person using a computer or piece of software is still who they say they are. If the individual’s gait were off as they approached the vehicle, the car would be able to lock itself because it would recognize that the wrong person had the key fob.

The Future of Biometric Authentication

According to one study, 86 percent of customers prefer to check their identity using biometrics rather than conventional passwords. While biometric authentication is much more reliable than relying solely on passwords, it is still far from impenetrable. To ensure protection, businesses must stay ahead of the curve. Working with a trustworthy platform will help if one is worried about incorporating biometrics into their authentication processes. Outsourcing a portion–or all–of the identity management will provide a business with peace of mind, knowing that it has a team of experts committed to authentication 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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