Gartner Research

Technology Insight for Biometric Authentication

Published: 27 July 2016

ID: G00272054

Analyst(s): Ant Allan


Biometric methods offer unique advantages over other authentication methods. Negative perceptions created by poor experience with fingerprint modes, limitations of consumer-grade implementations and misunderstandings about the technology should not deter progressive IAM and security leaders.

Table Of Contents


  • Definition
  • Description
  • Benefits and Uses
    • Benefits
    • Uses
  • Risks
    • Security and Privacy
    • Measurability and Performance
    • Liveness
  • Evaluation Factors
    • Use-Case Needs
    • Characteristics
    • Architecture
  • Alternatives to Biometric Authentication
  • Recommendations
  • Representative Providers

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