As the business world adapts to changing work patterns and device demands from its staff, the technology they use – and the work it contains – needs to be robustly protected. The rise in popularity of remote and flexible working means greater pressure on IT departments to ensure that data is kept safe.
The rise of biometrics
Biometric security is a hardware feature that acts as the first line of defence in instances of physical theft with the intent to hack or compromise business-sensitive information. According to Verizon, 93 per cent of organisations believe that mobile devices present a serious and growing threat to data security. Yet such hardware is absolutely essential to business, and so ensuring the units themselves possess strong protective features is helping to drive biometric uptake and innovation. This is amplified by the new GDPR law coming into play in May 2018, with organisations striving to implement the necessary security measures to avoid unwanted breaches – including at a device level. Biometrics can also be employed alongside other security measures such as smart data encryption, which can shield system files and the operating system should a device fall into the wrong hands.
It is also logical to look to develop a security protocol which, as is the case with biometrics, doesn’t rely on something as fallible as the human memory. Such is the reality of traditional passwords, which are often duplicated and simplified for ease of use – against expert advice. Passwords and PINs are also subjected to a myriad of dedicated hacking efforts, aimed at prising open knowledge-locked information; biometrics are more complicated, less clear-cut and, subsequently, a more difficult security protocol to beat.
According to Technavio, the mobile biometrics market is predicted to swell by more than 79 per cent by 2021. With safeguarding data and other intellectual property a key concern, adding frontline, robust security measures like biometrics to devices is an obvious path to progression in protection. With professional use-cases for such tools, from fingerprint scanners to iris recognition technology, growing, it is evident that biometrics will form a core part of enterprise security for years to come.
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