Recently, authentication solutions provider Veridium released their Biometric Consumer Sentiment Survey. The survey reached over 1,000 U.S. adults with previous biometric authentication experience. Veridium states their findings indicate a growing demand for biometric authentication in the workplace.
Of those surveyed by Veridium, 70% responded by saying they want an expanded role for biometrics in their workplace authentication. 31% said cited increased security as their reason for this desire; 33% cited not having to remember passwords.
James Stickland, CEO of Veridium, gave his thoughts on these findings: “The pace of mobile device innovation is moving at lightning speed, and as a result, we’ve seen an uptick in the adoption of biometric technologies in consumer-facing apps.”
“With biometric authentication becoming more mainstream, enterprises are well positioned to introduce the technology to their employees to create a fast, secure and frictionless experience when logging into workplace networks and applications.”
Other findings by Veridium include:
- 50% believe fingerprints are the most secure form of biometric authentication.
- 47% of millennial respondents favor passwords over biometrics.
- 46% of millennial respondents use biometrics to secure their financial applications.
Biometric Authentication: The Way of the Future(?)
Veridium’s optimism on the future of biometric authentication serves as an interesting companion to a previous study by Callsign. Callsign surveyed U.S. and U.K. respondents and found a slim majority still favored passwords to biometrics; additionally, the percentage preferring passwords increased when discussing authentication in the workplace (51% in the U.S. and 58% in the U.K.).
At the time, it seemed passwords embeddedness in the authentication process prevented biometrics from truly supplanting it. Therefore, the Veridium survey indicates a rise in the acceptance of biometric authentication.
However, enterprises should take note Veridium surveyed respondents with previous experience with biometrics. It remains unclear whether the same feelings hold sway with employees without that experience; as a result, you may still find serious adoption issues if implementing multifactor authentication or biometric authentication, depending on the habits and attitudes of your employees.
In conclusion, be cautious, but don’t be afraid to take some bold steps in identity security.
You can read Veridium’s press release here.
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