Organisations should embrace biometrics to reduce cost and risk of passwords.

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Passwords are a widely recognised problem but their weaknesses are yet to be addressed.

The active base of fingerprint reader-equipped devices is set to surpass one billion in early 2017, as stated by Deloitte, highlighting the rate that end users are warming to biometrics as a means of authentication. According to cyber security specialist Secure Cloudlink, organisations should follow this growing trend and incorporate biometrie technology to authenticate employees in order to mitigate the high security risks that come when using passwords.

According to forecasts from Deloitte, fingerprint technology will be collectively used trillions of times in 2017 as a means of authentication, demonstrating the growing appetite towards biometrie technology. For Dave Worrall, CTO at Secure Cloudlink, considering that passwords have evolved in an indefensible means of authentication, this move towards biometrics is a welcome step forward that should be embraced throughout organisations.

Dave commented: "There's clearly a desire for alternative forms of authentication. Fingerprint technology, for example, is gaining traction among end users due to the usability, efficiency and security benefits this technology presents. Trying to remember numerous passwords is often frustrating for employees, and this naturally leads to password sharing across a company. But this leaves businesses exposed to major security risks. Worryingly, if organisations are hit by a data breach, due to relaxed password procedures, it's almost impossible for organisations to trace the cause of the fraudulent activity, which means the problem will continue to occur and the perpetrator might not ever be caught.

"However, a move towards biometrics will make it easier...

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