Enhance User Verification with Biometrics

Biometric tools must be used with other authentication solutions for a holistic defense against evolving cyber threats

As cyber threats continue to evolve and become more strategic, businesses are adopting smart authentication tools to verify the identity of the user and ensure they are actually who they claim to be. According to Verizon, 80% of network breaches are a result of weak, default, or stolen passwords—a clear indication that passwords alone cannot ensure safety of network resources.

Becoming Ubiquitous

In order to augment user verification without causing friction to the users, many businesses are adopting biometrics as a more secure and passive authentication method. Biometric verification solutions use the unique biological traits of an individual to accurately identify him or her. For instance, fingerprint or facial scans have become a common feature in smartphones that recognize the legitimate user and grant them access to the phone. Similarly, these scans are increasingly being deployed in corporate offices to prevent unauthorized access in office premises. Driving licenses, passports, and Aadhaar cards all make use of biometrics to accurately identify an individual.

Weapons in the Armory

While fingerprints and facial scans have been in use for long, the latest biometric verification tools include voice recognition, vein recognition, retina scans, iris recognition, shape of an individual’s ear, her gait, key stroke recognition, signature recognition, and so forth. These numerous types of biometrics tools have provided businesses with an exhaustive suite of techniques that can help monitor a user passively without adding friction to her online journey. And it seems users also support biometric authentication. IBM, in its Future of Identity study, has revealed that 67% of the respondents are comfortable with biometric authentication with 87% ready to consider them in the future.

Just One Component

Biometrics, however, is no silver bullet. It is just one authentication technique in the overall security strategy of an organization. It must be layered with other authentication mechanisms to accurately recognize legitimate users. Biometrics holds immense potential and using biometric authentication tools along-with appropriate security solutions, businesses can fortify their defenses against cyber threats.

The article has been written by Neetu Katyal, Content and Marketing Consultant

She can be reached on LinkedIN.

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