Biometrics are coming to your workplace (if they haven't already)

posted by Brian Mudd -

Biometrics are coming to your workplace (if they haven't already) 

Bottom Line: It's no secret that passwords are highly inefficient for security purposes and a big pain in the butt for people who try to be as responsible as possible creating unique, highly complicated ones for every service they use (which is the best practice). That provides every motivation to move away from them asap...especially when your face and fingerprint are as secure as it gets and a lot easier to remember to use.  

Innovation is often born out of need and opportunity. This is a no-brainer with both. The ability to improve security and make it easier on everyone is the ultimate win-win and now that the technology is widely available and cheaper to implement it's here and it's coming. According to Microsoft most large companies are already there.  

  • 62% of large companies have begun to implement biometrics to replace usernames and passwords 

So what type of biometric security is preferred?  

  • 57% are using fingerprints 

  • 5% are using facial recognition only 

  • 14% are using both 

What's more is that Microsoft estimates that 90% of all large companies will have made the move to biometrics by 2020. As always, the adaptation for many smaller companies will likely lag but it doesn't have to. Many vendors for software and technology are starting to offer biometrics and it's probably a good idea to prioritize security when you're upgrading technology in your business. Plus, unlike other forms of new technology, this is easier to learn to use than what you're already doing. If you loathe passwords - there's light at the end of the tunnel and we're almost there.  

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