Bringing Biometric Authentication Into the Enterprise

biometric authentication securityEveryone knows that cybersecurity is a problem that they’re struggling to fix. Whether it’s poor end-user practices, mismatched infrastructure, or not enough skilled IT staff to manage day-to-day operations, there are very few companies doing right by their cybersecurity needs today. What’s needed is an overhaul of the tools we’re using, rather than continuing to patch the problems and hope for the best.

Outdated Tech is Hurting Security

Do you use passwords alone, without two-factor authentication, to access secure systems? When was the last time you did an audit of your employees’ password strength? When was the last time you cleaned out user permissions and checked to see if people who are no longer employed still have access? These are easy things to forget, and as we move forward with other technology innovations, it can be easy to let them fall by the wayside. Do your servers and apps all use 2-way SSL for communication? You might want to check.

Instead of upgrading one system at a time, or implementing new tech only to discover that it isn’t compatible with a legacy system, consider your options. You could rip and replace your entire security infrastructure. Or, implement a scalable solution that provides multi-factor authentication with complete compatibility with existing systems, as well as the technology you may deploy in the future.

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Biometric Authentication for the Future

The implementation of biometric authentication for access management is a necessary step forward in improving enterprise security. With streamlined integration into existing identity and access management architecture to add biometrics as primary or second-factor authentication, you can simplify how end users log in without sacrificing security and customize login requirements based on security needs.

Of course, listing the benefits of biometric authentication is easy, what’s more important is how to introduce it. Biometrics can be a bit daunting for the less technically savvy employees at your company, or those who are worried about privacy. The first step is educating them. Explain how their biometrics will be used and securely stored. Walk them through the process, or even allow them to opt-in if they still seem reluctant.

Second, deploy biometrics on a case-by-case basis at first. Do you use hard or soft tokens for two-factor authentication? Replace your tokens with multi-factor biometric authentication to ease your employees in without completely doing away with the login solutions they’re comfortable with, such as usernames and passwords. This will improve security without overwhelming those not ready to leap to a biometrics-only system.

It’s important to embrace emerging technologies like biometrics that are helping us improve cybersecurity, but it’s equally important to help employees understand the reasons behind these changes and make the transitions comfortable for them. With biometric authentication, you can enhance security and augment existing infrastructure without massively disrupting how your end users go about their day-to-day.

To learn more about the advantages of multi-factor authentication, download our whitepaper, “Multi-Factor Authentication: The Path Forward for Security”