Biometric authentication provides better device security: report

June 18, 2013 - 

According to the latest research report from Heavy Reading, biometric authentication provides superior device security.

“Today’s phones already enable contactless payments, mobile wallets and mobile banking, and these changes signal the need for secure services that can be performed wirelessly or with a smartphone,” Denise Culver, research analyst with Heavy Reading Insider and author of the report said. “And as smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices continue to proliferate and provide users with powerful, mobile, networked multimedia computing options, the need to secure them will become even greater.”

The report, Biometrics Offer Promise for More Secure Smartphones examines the market for biometric authentication on smartphones, analyzing the most lucrative verticals for the market, and discussing drivers and challengers in the industry. According to the research group, it also includes a comparative analysis of solutions available and details trends that will likely occur in the industry over the next 18-14 months.

Culver also notes that the drive behind biometric authentication on smartphones will occur from both the consumer and enterprise.

“Not only will individuals begin to demand greater security for their personal devices but enterprises will as well, especially as BYOD models continue to proliferate,” she said. “Integration will be driven by smartphone and tablet manufacturers as the technology for adding fingerprint , iris, voice and other types of biometric authentication becomes better integrated and easier to optimize for mobile devices.”

The report also suggests that the disruptive effect of biometric authentication on smartphones will be felt across many industries, and that regulatory compliance requirements also drive the banking and healthcare industries to be among the first to incorporate the technology.


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