IBM supports biometrics for corporate BYOD use

December 24, 2014 - 

IBM stated in a recent blog post that it expects that the addition of biometrics to personal mobile devices will enhance security surrounding corporate “bring your own device” (BYOD) policies.

BYOD refers to the policy of permitting employees to bring personally-owned mobile devices (such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones) to their workplace, and to use those devices to access privileged company information and applications.

The article, written on behalf of Big Blue by freelance writer Sue Poremba, notes that: “IT staff often see BYOD as the weakest link in the company’s security chain. It can be difficult to manage, even when there is a BYOD policy on the books. IT usually has little to no control over which personal devices are being used to access the network, and even in a mid-sized company, the number of connected devices could become overwhelming. Mobile device owners also often practice minimal security, if any at all, so many of those devices connecting to the network fail security best practices.”

The post thus notes that mobile device biometrics could lessen many BYOD-related security problems facing IT departments by forcing employees to utilize security options on their devices, in order to better protect data if the device is lost or stolen.

While the article acknowledges potential security problems inherent to biometric technology, it argues that biometrics is best used as part of a multi-factor authentication security solution.  The article notes that “adding mobile device biometrics to BYOD provides another layer to security, and the more security methods a device provides means a better chance at safer data.”

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