Is biometric authentication really better than traditional passwords?
About 62% of organizations use biometric authentication technologies, according to a Spiceworks survey of 500 IT professionals in North America. But in the next two years, an additional 24% plan on adopting the tech.
Biometrics, like fingerprinting, are most popular on smartphones while about one-fourth of organizations use finger print scanning laptops followed by tablets and time clock systems. Already more than half of organizations use finger scanning in some way.
Resistance to adopt biometric technologies stems from cost, reliability, upgrade requirements and concerns over where the biometric data will be stored. More than 40% of respondents said employees are reluctant to adopt the tech partially because of privacy concerns.
Biometrics include everything from fingerprinting to facial recognition and will most likely replace existing forms of authentication like passwords.
By 2020, about 300 billion passwords face a risk of becoming compromised, which could end up costing up to $6 trillion by 2021. Strong passwords are embedded in the fabric of security basics and without them, the foundation of a company's security is threatened.
The vast majority of breaches are a result of mishandled credentials, which gives rise to security concerns over biometric authentication. More than 60% of IT professionals said they are worried about false positives or replicated identifies, according to the report.
As of now, IT professionals don't trust the security of biometrics. Instead, users could creating a hybrid model of biometrics and text-based passwords to serve as a new form of multi-factor authentication.
But if all else fails, inserting a microchip in an employee's hand is still an option.
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