1Despite False Positives, Biometrics Ranks as a Top Authentication Tool
Biometrics products now rank behind only security tokens as a most trusted way to authenticate employees/users for access to enterprise devices, according to a recent survey from Spiceworks. As a significant share of organizations seek to boost authentication for smartphones and laptops, fingerprint scans remain the most popular biometrics approach. There are, however, serious security-related concerns about this technology, including the potential for false positives, stolen data and an overall lack of standardization among product makers. Product costs also present barriers to adoption. More than 490 IT professionals took part in the research. The following slide show presents survey highlights, with charts provided courtesy of Spiceworks.
2Biometrics Lags Only Tokens for Security Confidence
3False Positives Prompt Concerns
Despite the relatively high degree of confidence in biometric authentication as a security option, there are reservations, as 64 percent of survey respondents have concerns about the risks of false positives in deploying it. In addition, 57 percent cite the potential for identifiers being compromised or replicated.
4IT Pros Seek Greater Standardization
5Organizations Favor Fingerprint Scans
6Smartphones and Laptops Dominate Deployments
7Apple Touch ID Leads in Hand/Fingerprint Scanning Tech
8Apple and Microsoft Vie for Top Share of Face/Iris Recognition Market
9Tech Costs and Reliability Issues Create Biggest Barriers
10IT Often Struggles With System Upgrades
11More Transparency Sought From Vendors
Nearly two-thirds of survey respondents said they do not receive enough information from vendors about security vulnerabilities in their biometrics products. Nearly as many—63 percent—said they’d like to know more from vendors about the privacy of biometric data collected by them.