Integrating Biometrics Into Security: A Primer

multifactor biometric authentication mobile securityBiometrics are being lauded as the next evolution in cybersecurity, but what is often left out is that it depends entirely on how you deploy them. A properly integrated biometric authentication solution will provide a significant upgrade to enterprise security while ensuring a convenient, easy-to-use system for the end user, but if misaligned, biometrics could do more harm than good.

In order to avoid creating more problems than it solves, organizations need to have a firm understanding of biometrics and how to integrate them into their security infrastructure, before deploying.

Five Easy Steps For Security

According to ComputerWeekly’s Security Think Tank, biometric deployment can be broken down into five main points as a simplified “starter guide.” These points provide a layered approach for integration that is also customizable to a businesses needs.

  1. Don’t use a blanket approach.
  2. Make the solution transparent to end users.
  3. Don’t treat biometrics as a panacea.
  4. Engage data protection teams to ensure compliance.
  5. Involve human resources to effectively vet users for access management.

These points provide a good basis to understand how to avoid common pitfalls in biometric deployment, while covering all of the basic departments and teams that should be involved in the process. By engaging IT security and HR teams, an organization will minimize risk and facilitate a seamless rollout for the right users at the right time. This is particularly important for staggered deployments, or for ensuring the security of the user enrollment process.

User Deterrents are the Main Hurdle

The main weak point in any security system are the end users. If they simply don’t adopt the security solutions, or misuse them in order to make them more convenient, the system isn’t able to properly leverage them, and in a worst case scenario, is actually weakened, rather than strengthened, by the tools being deployed. Biometrics offer an immediate advantage in this area because they are much more convenient for end users, especially when deployed as part of a mobile strategy.

The next thing a company needs to focus on is integration. By replacing complex login and authentication procedures with mobile biometrics, firms will be able to provide their end users with a quick way to access physical and digital assets that is also cost effective.

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