By 2022, 70% of organisations using biometric authentication for access to the workforce will implement it via smartphone apps. And this will happen regardless of the device used.

The forecast is from the company of analysis and consulting Gartner, which also underlines that in 2018 this figure was less than 5%. According to Gartner, we will see an increasing adoption of mobile-centric biometric authentication solutions. And more: the spread of IAM (Identity and Access Management) systems will also grow as SaaS (Software as a Service)

Gartner analysts identify some factors that fuel this growing interest in biometric authentication systems. These are: lower costs and better user experience/customer experience (UX/CX).

Biometric authentication between security, cost and usability

According to Ant Allan, Gartner’s research vice president, the heads of identity and access management (IAM) are constantly looking for new approaches. Solutions and methods that, on the one hand, guarantee confidence and accountability in preventing fraud. But that balance security with the company’s expectations in terms of Total Cost of Ownership and UX/CX experience.

Biometric authentication uses unique biological or behavioural traits for each person. According to Allan, this system offers better user experience/customer experience and accountability than other common methods. In addition, its implementation via mobile app ensures greater consistency in the UX/CX. And it’s also technically easier to implement than supporting it directly on a variety of different endpoint devices.

However, medium and large organisations that intend to implement biometric authentication via smartphone apps must be aware of a problem. Biometric approaches that can be readily supported on any smartphone are vulnerable to attacks of the type Known as “spoofing” are attacks of falsifying identity by photos, videos, voice recordings and so on.

Therefore, the detection of presentation attack or Liveness testing is used to verify whether biometric traits are actually a source of authentication from a living person. Rather than, instead, from a representation, from an artificial reproduction used for fraud.

Identity and Access Management as SaaS

Gartner expects 40% of global medium and large organisations to use IAM capabilities provided as SaaS by 2022. This, to meet most of their needs; a strong growth figure, from 5% in 2018.

IAM supplied as SaaS is often distributed to improve the implementations of access management software. The ease of implementation and the rapid time to value of IAM offers provided as SaaS have proved valuable to organizations. Companies prefer adoption as SaaS and do not consider operating management of IAM functionality as a core element for their business.

The constant shift of applications to cloud and mobile architectures is also influencing this diffusion. The combination of pre-configured functional offerings and modern application architectures is causing the adoption of IAMs as SaaS by a substantial portion of the market.

More information on the topic is available on the Gartner website, at this link.

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