Gartner Research

Good Authentication Choices: Evaluating Biometric Authentication Methods

Published: 31 May 2013

ID: G00249404

Analyst(s): Ant Allan

Summary

Information security and IAM leaders should consider authentication methods that exploit inherent biological and behavioral traits unique to each user. These promise better accountability and superior user experience, yet remain a niche choice.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Inconsistent user experience with fingerprint biometric authentication limits the value information security and IAM leaders can derive across large user populations
  • Biometric traits cannot easily be shared with others, which leads information security and IAM leaders to use them where individual accountability is paramount
  • The challenges of using complex passwords and various kinds of tokens in mobile use cases are driving information security and IAM leaders' interest in biometric authentication methods that exploit readily available sensors

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