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Biometric authentication for mobile devices to grow quickly by 2016

Mobile security is developing rapidly as more consumers and employees use smartphones, tablets, and other mobile technologies

By: Michael Hatamoto from Feb 4, 2014 @ 15:50 CST

As more smartphones, tablets and mobile devices enter the workplace, employees and decision makers must work to embrace methods to ensure security doesn't actively interfere with usability. Just five percent of companies use biometric authentication currently, but that is expected to increase up to 30 percent by 2016, according to the Gartner research group.


Complex passwords are sometimes required for mobile devices, though Gartner believes interface activity, voice recognition, face topography and iris structure, for example, will prove to be more secure.

"Mobile users staunchly resist authentication methods that were tolerable on PCs and are still needed to secure access on mobile devices," said Ant Allan, Gartner Research VP, in a statement. "Security leaders must manage users' expectations and take into account the user experience without compromising security."

Many casual consumers are only beginning to understand mobile security issues, though companies embracing 'bring your own device' (BYOD) remain confused on how to best protect devices. As biometric authentication solutions advance, there is great potential of significantly more secure products for companies to choose from - and that will only advance in the future.


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