Now that latest edition smartphones have a variety of biometric authentication features built in, such as fingerprint scanning and facial recognition, it should come as no surprise that an increasing number of software, operating system, and browser platforms are embracing the idea of authentication technology. Your bank and other financial apps likely already have incorporated this functionality into their apps and now the major browsers – including Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Mozilla Firefox – have plans to integrate biometric identification as an added security measure.
And if it is seen as exactly that, an ADDITIONAL security measure (not the ONLY security measure), the reality is that biometric authentication has the ability to make it that much harder for cybercriminals to access personal identifying information and/or hack into an individual’s profile. However, as we have discussed in the past, our experience is that when new “high tech” security measures, such as facial recognition, are released, users often become complacent as they assume the new technology will keep them safe. And it often does for a period of time…until the cybercriminals find their next workaround to “beat the system.”
This is a good reminder that no matter what, even if facial recognition or fingerprint scanning is involved, business data, financial details and personally identifying information should never be accessible with single-factor authentication. In other words, biometrics are not a replacement for good old-fashioned two-factor authentication; they just add another layer of security to two-factor authentication.
If you or your business want to understand more about the risks and benefits associated with biometric authentication, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation. Our technology experts can help your small or medium-sized business with everything from creation and implementation of a comprehensive security policy to user training and device management. So, what are you waiting for? Trust us; you don’t want to wait until there is an issue to reach out.