There are dozens of biometric companies clamoring for attention after recent breaches like Target, Home Depot and JP Morgan Chase. The attack on password authentication is in full swing but corporations haven’t fully embraced the idea of replacing passwords with biometrics just yet.
Last week the teams at Good Technology and EyeVerify paired up with biometrics industry analysts at BiometricUpdate.com to review myths around biometrics for corporations focused on their mobile workforce. In this blog, we’re going to dig deeper into a couple of the myths addressed during the webinar. If you missed the webinar, you can access the entire recording HERE.
Scaling the Password Wall
Passwords are a necessary evil administrators have to put up with, right? Wrong. A common myth addressed during the webinar was biometric solutions are unable to scale for organizations because of their diverse needs. Passwords are the most common form of authentication used today because they can be managed across any device type without special user or administrator education. Biometrics on the other hand varies in modality and often times can be portrayed as difficult to implement because it requires user acceptance and education. The missing link is a strong platform like Good Dynamics to deliver a trusted authenticator like EyeVerify’s Eyeprint ID™ for Good. Together, users can conveniently and securely access their corporate resources to the delight of administrators and their mobile workforce.
During the webinar, we asked the participants to give us a view into their concerns surrounding mobile access and authentication and the results below display visible trepidation. Over 60 percent of the respondents showed a high or very high level of concern for mobile authentication.
Money, money, money
Biometrics can be cost effective? Believe it. In the webinar the myth that biometrics weren’t cost effective was easy to debunk. When evaluating a biometric solution you want to look the implementation process, future upgrades, and user experience outside of raw costs. It’s true many biometric solutions can require substantial investments due to expensive hardware required, but that doesn’t mean all biometrics are out of reach. EyeVerify is unique in providing a software-only solution that can deliver advanced authentication on your existing device. There’s a smartphone and/or tablet in the hands of nearly every employee in nearly every industry today. And whether corporations embrace BYOD programs or mandate corporate devices to access critical business resources they are able to do so conveniently, securely and privately through taking a selfie.
Organizations detest when a technology solves their unique business need, but requires them to upgrade or change their service every time their hardware changes (ex: an employee gets a new tablet and their case with a smart-card reader isn’t compatible). EyeVerify makes it simple. It’s as easy as downloading an application. Which means device agnostic, easy to implement, and happy users who can separate their personal and corporate lives with one device.
Clear as mud?
So we’ve talked about scalability and cost effectiveness but what about options? Maybe you want to be able to use strong or two-factor authentication for every app your workforce touches or maybe just for a few apps that access sensitive information. That’s where the Good Dynamics platform comes in. If any organization wants to deploy Eyeprint ID for individuals, user groups, or application types they have the option to customize their configuration based on their individual needs. And because EyeVerify’s integration is at the platform level it makes it possible to support a large ecosystem of third party apps.
So is the world officially ready for biometrics? Not just yet. But our webinar poll results do indicate organizations are warming up to the idea. We asked attendees how much confidence our session gave them as they consider employing biometrics and their results show 40 percent are either very confident in biometrics or they are ready to try it out for themselves.
Of course, if you want to give Eyeprint ID for Good a try in your environment, request your own trial here: https://community.good.com/gd-app-details.jspa?ID=978854