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Pros of Adopting Biometric Authentication

Enterprise Security Magazine Europe | Tuesday, June 08, 2021

With biometric authentication, consumers trust that their information is secure, and companies can better protect their ecosystems from cybercriminals.

FREMONT, CA: Security is a primary concern for today's business owners. Safeguarding company information, customer data, confidential information, and trade secrets remains challenging, especially as hackers devise new methods to circumvent even the most advanced security measures.

Since other security measures have been established to be vulnerable to breaches, numerous businesses have incorporated biometric authentication technologies, which use biometrics for authentication rather than older techniques such as a password or knowledge-based authentication.

Many businesses are still hesitant to abandon single-factor, conventional authentication methods. They commonly believe that employees will reject new biometric security or that it will be too complicated for the business environment.

A close inspection of these technologies reveals that these concerns are usually groundless, and incorporating biometric authentication provides the opportunity to enhance performance while increasing security. Here are the answers to some of the most pressing questions about why biometric authentication is essential for the business.

Defining Biometric Authentication

It is a security procedure that validates a user's identity using unique biological characteristics like voices, fingerprints, facial features, retinas, and irises. When a user accesses an account or a physical area, systems store the biometric data to confirm the user's identity quickly. Biometric authentication is usually more effective than conventional authentication methods because this data is so unique for every individual.

While biometric authentication is widely used to access accounts or control physical environments like gates and doors, it is also increasingly being constructed into consumer devices, including smartphones and computers. Biometric authentication technologies are still used in secure areas and at ports of entry when traveling across national borders by private corporations and governments.

Biometric Authentication Systems are on the Rise

Some of the advantages that biometric authentication systems provide that stand out to businesses are as follows:

Operational Efficiency – Restoring forgotten passwords is a time-consuming and resource-intensive operation in any IT or customer service department. Individuals are unlikely to lose or forget their biometrics. Utilizing biometric authentication reduces resource-intensive operational tasks, leading to significant time and money savings.

Multiple Verticals Supported – Users can be identified securely and accurately using today's innovative biometric authentication systems. This is beneficial to verticals that use even the most confidential data, like government or finance.

Easy Accessibility: Most biometric authentication methods are simple to use, making them simple for users to learn and adapt to. Conventional encryption methods may restrict access for some users. Passwords, for example, make it hard for those with visual impairments or who are unable to read. With biometric authentication, it is possible to accommodate a broader user base, resulting in greater inclusion and accessibility.

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