Biometric authentication these days slowly becomes prevalent into security and law enforcement applications, and now it’s getting increased attention to other industries’ applications. But today’s current era of mobile and cloud computing technology defined, both positively and negatively, by shared secrets could lead potential attack surface for hackers to intercept the information. Shared secrets involve passwords, authentication, and legacy multi-factor authentication are the synchronous relationship between users and centralized authorities include online banks, social media sites, third-party applications, who grasp the same secret.
In an effort to minimize security breaches, companies use biometric technologies and now moving a step ahead to passwordless approach. Tech-savvy teams increasingly are embracing passwordless solutions to ensure their client’s data and their own infrastructures remain secure.
Protecting Users’ Data with Biometric Authentication
Biometrics are security technologies that utilize a person’s unique features like fingerprints, face or retina and iris patterns, as a replacement for IDs, passwords and other methods of identification. Using biometric authentication, users who are enrolled in a system can be transparently recognized as the person in view by comparing the current biometrics with those already in the system.
Though, spoofing biometrics become very simple today, as fingerprints have been hoaxed with adhesive tape and gummies. Unlike preceding authentication iterations that were incremental changes to the shared secrets relationship, the biometric approach depends on keys stored on a user’s trusted device are utilized to access online services, sign transactions, and more.
Passwordless Approach Improves Security
According to the reports, over 5 billion passwords have been stolen since 2016. By looking at this fact, removing passwords has also been a long-standing goal. But it doesn’t mean that it’s a long way more to achieve this goal, it is finally getting real traction in the marketplace. For the past few years, talking about passwordless approach among companies’ clients has increased.
Gartner also predicts that 60% of large and global enterprises, and 90% of midsize enterprises, will apply passwordless methods in over 50% of use cases by 2022, which is up from 5% in 2018.
Passwordless authentication frees from the problem of using weak passwords, as well as offers benefits to users and organizations. For users, it confiscates the need to think of or type passwords, while there’s no longer a need to store passwords for organizations, leading to better security, lesser breaches, and lower support costs.
However, incorporating a passwordless solution should be simpler and faster. Because most mobile users are comfortable with biometric authentication, so getting them to adopt passwordless security across the web needs a stretch. For the companies, cybersecurity teams must make sure that all mobile devices across their enterprise can be utilized seamlessly to validate to workstations, applications, and physical access systems. Afterward, businesses can remove the password from the login process by generating biometric authentication processes that imitate what users are used to with mobile devices.
Passwordless authentication is now widely implemented in mobile banking applications as well as it’s making its way into other customer and enterprise applications.