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Report finds enterprises prefer fingerprints over facial recognition for mobile authentication


Bitglass released the findings of its BYOD and Identity research report, which includes insights from more than 200 IT and security professionals surveyed at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo conference.

According to the research, one in four organizations lack some form of multi-factor authentication when securing BYOD, which is consistent with well-known enterprise security gaps. With several high-profile data breaches in recent months, enterprises are looking to technology as a means of solving the secure identity management challenge.

“Enterprises often misjudge the effectiveness of traditional security solutions, many of which are readily bypassed,” said Rich Campagna, CEO, Bitglass. “The BYOD boom exposes organizations to risks that can only be mitigated with next-gen, data-centric solutions that secure access.”

The report also found that traditional authentication methods like passcodes, PIN codes and fingerprint recognition are familiar and trusted by enterprises, while 60 percent of respondents have reservations about Apple’s Face ID technology as a viable method of secure mobile authentication. Concerns included the accuracy of face detection (40 percent), prevention of unauthorized access (30 percent), and speed of face detection (24 percent).

Also listed as top security concerns were malware protection (40 percent) and unmanaged device access (40 percent), indicating that organizations are doubling down on protecting data beyond the corporate network.

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