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Mobile Biometrics as a security measure for BYOD concept adopters

22 April 2014, 20:45

Intro

Mobile Biometric authentication could gain more adoption as corporations focus more on device security and identity verification, amid the growing trend toward enterprise mobility. The consumerization of IT and business bring your own device (BYOD) programs have resulted in potential security problems for IT leaders. User expectations of a clean and simple mobile user experience often outweigh security concerns, and the same valuable data guarded by complex passwords and security measures on PCs can be left vulnerable on mobile devices. Enterprises are now looking towards mobile biometric authentication as a safety measure.

BYOD concerns

There’s no doubt that “bring your own device” (BYOD) is a fast growing global phenomenon, driven by employee demands to use the devices, applications, and cloud services they prefer. BYOD promises tantalizing benefits such as better work-life balance, greater innovation, and improved productivity. Yet some fear that security risks and the complexity of managing so many different personal devices might outweigh the benefits.

BYOD & Mobile Biometric

Biometric technology certainly opens up a host of new possibilities and an entirely new level of security for BYOD devices. Today’s security leaders are evaluating mobile biometric authentication methods where higher-assurance authentication is required. Suitable authentication modes include Fingerprint, Voice and Iris recognition. These modes can be used in conjunction with passwords to provide higher-assurance authentication without requiring any significant change in user behavior.

·         For a start biometrics does ‘feel’ – pun intended - more secure than passwords. After all, biometric information can’t be easily guessed or shared among users, and therefore offer the potential to deliver a higher level of assurance, at least for basic device access.

·         With separate mobile biometric device BYOD device can get the advantage of using multiple modality of authentication according to the environment.

·         As mobile biometric can be used with any BYOD devices it minimizes the cost and increases productivity.

·         Mobile biometric devices are easy to carry and easy to operate on field level with any authorized BYOD device over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth which is a great advantage. Example: Law enforcement agencies can use mobile biometric devices in pair with their BYOD device to instantly identify a person.

·         Moreover, as there is a separate mobile biometric device used for authentication in pair with the mobile phone over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, even if someone losses one of the device  the other device protects the database from unauthorized access.

Conclusion

BYOD is an outstanding concept in various aspects including increasing employee productivity & minimizing cost. But it also has some security concerns. By implementing mobile biometrics authentication in pair with regular password security in mobile devices can ensure maximum protection on a mobile device.

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