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More firms find biometric authentication to be most reliable method

By 2022, 70 percent of organizations using biometrics authentication for workforce access will implement it via smartphone apps, regardless of the endpoint device being used, according to Gartner Inc. In 2018, this figure was fewer than 5 percent, the firm said.

Lower costs and improved user experience are fueling the rising interest in biometric authentication.

“Security and risk management leaders responsible for identity and access management [IAM] and fraud prevention continue to seek approaches for identity corroboration that balance trust and accountability against total cost of ownership” and user and customer experience,” said Ant Allan, research vice president at Gartner.

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A customer uses a Sagem Digiproof fingerprint scanner to pay for items at a Real store, owned by Metro AG, in Toenisvorst, Germany, on Friday, Feb. 12, 2010. Photographer: Wolfgang von Brauchitsch/Bloomberg

Because biometric authentication uses biological or behavioral traits unique to each person, it offers better experience and accountability than other common methods, Allan said.

Gartner predicts that by 2022, 40 percent of global midsize and larger organizations will use IAM capabilities delivered as software-as-a-service (SaaS) to fulfill most of their needs. That’s up from 5 percent in 2018.

SaaS-delivered IAM is often deployed to enhance access management software implementations, the firm said. The ease of implementation and rapid time to value of SaaS-delivered IAM offerings have proved valuable to enterprises that favor SaaS adoption and do not consider the operational management of IAM functionality core to their business, Gartner said.

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