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IDC publishes security predictions for biometric identification


Market research firm IDC recently highlighted its security predictions at its FutureScape: Worldwide Security 2015 Predictions web conference.

In its FutureScape for Security report, IDC addresses security concerns in a number of technology areas, including biometric identification and user management.

The report predicts that in 2015, 15% of mobile devices that have biometric capabilities will be accessed biometrically. This figure will grow significantly to 50% by 2020.

Regarding the issue of user management, IDC predicts that 20% of enterprises will use multi-factor authentication as their primary method of access control to sensitive accounts by 2016.

“IDC believes that IT security decisions should be made with a better understanding of the existing trends and opportunities,” said Charles Kolodgy, IDC research VP of security products. “IDC’s security research team has identified ten strategic security decision imperatives enterprises must address over the next several years. The decision imperatives are all designed to move enterprise security from being relative towards being proactive.”

In its “2014 Fingerprint Sensors – Handsets and Tablets Report”, IHS Technology forecasted that Apple and Samsung will drive the value of the fingerprint sensor market fourfold to over $1.7 billion by 2020.

“Fingerprint sensors have arrived in force and we are forecasting that shipments of fingerprint enabled handsets and tablets will reach 1.4 billion units by 2020,” said Marwan Boustany, senior analyst at IHS Technology for MEMS and sensors. “This is more than quadruple the 317 million units expected to be shipped by the end of 2014.”

Previously reported, an IDC analyst said that despite implementing new biometric identification technologies to authorize financial payments, banks should not stop using traditional passwords to enable payments.

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