The tipping point for biometric security is approaching: Symantec

December 18, 2015 - 

Symantec’s security intelligence team has put together their top security predictions for 2016 and beyond, and biometrics made the list:

“The last two years have seen a significant rise in the use of biometrics. This is expected to grow significantly with major industry players implementing new capabilities both with new sensors in devices and with adoption of biometric authentication frameworks like FIDO and TouchID. This facilitates secure on device storage of biometric information (like fingerprints) as well as interoperability between apps and systems.

What this means is that biometrics can finally answer the ‘what’s in it for me’ question that consumers have been asking, while replacing passwords with strong traditional PKI authentication protected by the biometric sensor. The consumer gets better security with significantly increased convenience for device unlocking, purchasing and payments. This also is leading to enterprise adoption of biometrics that may start to see a reduction on the dependence on passwords.”

You can read the rest of their predictions, including the need for improved security on IoT devices and cybercriminals to compromise Apple devices, on the Symantec corporate blog.

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