Gartner Research

Technology Insight for Biometric Authentication

Published: 16 October 2019

ID: G00377472

Analyst(s): Ant Allan


Biometric traits provide a uniquely human basis for authentication, without people having to remember passwords or carry devices. SRM leaders responsible for IAM and fraud should plan to adopt them across a wide variety of use cases throughout the next two to three years.

Table Of Contents


  • Definition
  • Description
    • Biometric Traits
    • Fast IDentity Online and Windows Hello for Business
    • FIDO
    • WHfB
    • Integration With Phone-as-a-Token Authentication
  • Benefits and Uses
    • Benefits: Biometric Methods Enhance UX/CX and Improve Trust and Accountability
    • Biometric Authentication Use Cases
    • Additional Use Cases for Passive Biometric Modes (Familiarity, Risk and Attack Signals)
  • Risks
    • Privacy
    • Performance
    • Presentation Attacks
    • Platform Attacks
  • Evaluation Factors
    • Use-Case Needs
    • Characteristics of Biometric Modes
    • Deployment Architecture
  • Recommendations
  • Representative Providers

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