Biometrics, or biometric authentication, uses a person’s unique physical and behavioral characteristics to verify their identity.
Common biometric authentication methods include fingerprint scanning, and voice and facial recognition, all used by businesses to improve security, and provide customers with convenient, unlosable alternatives to passwords and keys.
What is it?
Biometrics are physical and behavioral metrics related to human characteristics. Digital biometric authentication captures these measurements and cross references them with historical data to verify an individual’s identity.
Physiological measurements are related to the shape of an individual’s body. Common physical traits used in biometry include fingerprints, palm prints, retinal patterns, and vein structure. Behavioral measurements can include voice patterns, the way people walk, and even how they type and write.
What’s in for you?
Biometrics offer a convenient way for employees to gain access to systems or physical locations, without having to remember a password or passkey. This can represent a significant saving for your IT department, as password resets account for a significant proportion of calls to helpdesks.
Having biometric capabilities built into our smartphones has also made biometric authentication a realistic security option for those building mobile apps, delivering enhanced security for things like mobile banking.
Biometric shift clocks are also rising in popularity, providing a clock-in/clock-out solution that can’t be tampered with or used fraudulently.
What are the trade offs?
Biometrics data is irreplaceable and cannot be reset. Plus, it’s also a highly valuable target for hackers, making many businesses hesitant to capture and store it themselves.
A biometric data loss can cause significant reputation and brand damage for a business, decreasing the chances that customers trust it in the future, and leading to a significant loss of repeat custom and loyalty.