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Gartner predicts spike in biometric authentication on smartphone apps for employee access


The number of business using biometric authentication on smartphone apps for workforce access will grow from fewer than 5 percent in 2018 to 70 percent in 2022, according to new research from Gartner reported by Information Age.

“Security and risk management leaders responsible for identity and access management (IAM) and fraud prevention continue to seek approaches for identity corroboration that balance trust and accountability against the total cost of ownership and UX/CX,” says Gartner Research Vice President Ant Allan. “Biometric authentication uses biological or behavioural traits unique to each person and offers better UX/CX and accountability than other common methods. Implementing this via smartphone apps provides more consistency in UX/CX and is technically simpler than supporting it directly on a variety of different endpoint devices.”

In its “Predicts 2019: Identity and Access Management,” Gartner notes the importance of presentation attack detection or liveness testing to prevent biometrics from being spoofed on vulnerable user devices.

Access and identity management (IAM) delivered on a SaaS basis is expected to grow from 5 percent in 2018 to 40 percent in 2022 among midsize and large organizations.

Veridium’s biometric authentication platform came up repeatedly in Gartner reports last year.

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