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Compromised passwords drive bank to adopt BIO-key biometric authentication solution


Following several instances where compromised passwords were used to access customer data and network resources, a community bank with hundreds of full- and part-time employees across the United States Southeast and Midwest is integrating BIO-key’s biometric software and hardware solution.

BIO-key ID Director for Windows integrates directly with the bank’s Microsoft Active Directory and allows the system to associate a biometric with the user’s sign-on credentials. With ID Director for Windows, the organization is able to seamlessly incorporate a unique biometric authentication method which cannot be lost, stolen or shared. The solution directly addresses the network and security vulnerabilities posed by compromised or stolen passwords in a shared workstation environment.

Now the bank can use fingerprint authentication as a single sign-on solution or as a multi-factor authentication method that complements passwords, cards, tokens, PINs or knowledge-based questions. BIO-key will also provide DASH fingerprint readers, which attach to the USB ports of the bank’s devices and enable instant, one-touch sign-on.

“The shared work environment is common in retail banking as tellers move from workstation to workstation through the course of the day. Passwords simply can’t provide the level of security, ease of use or audit trail offered by biometric authentication and that differentiation is starting to resonate with customers in financial services and other sectors,” explained Mike DePasquale, chairman and CEO of BIO-key.

Last month BIO-key reported growing manufacturing company interest in its biometric authentication solutions.

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