Complete Biometric Authentication Solution for Organizational Requirements

In any organizational security system passwords are potentially the weakest links. Weak passwords are always a cause of concern for they are not only easy to guess and crack, but are also absolutely no match for the automated password cracking software used by hackers and other online criminals. In order to prevent user passwords from being compromised, organizations often force their employees to create and remember long and complex passwords. But even that cannot ensure complete protection. Without a strong authentication process, ensuring maximum security to an organizational system can truly be difficult and that is exactly the reason that a growing number of companies are now opting for multi factor authentication in which, apart from the password, users are also required to authenticate with a second factor which cannot be easily cracked or replicated.

As a matter of fact, in any two-factor biometric identification system users are required to authenticate through something they remember and also some they are, that is their unique biometric information derived from their behavioral and biometric characteristics. Common biometric modalities used in identity verification and authentication systems are fingerprint, vein pattern in finger or the palm, iris features and also voice and face recognition. All of these require personal, direct, physical contact of individuals with biometric sensor devices which make these authentication systems minimally intrusive. Apart from this biometric data certain behavioral characteristics like key stroke dynamics is also sometimes used for identification and authentication of a certain user.

With the arrival of new and advanced biometric devices like fingerprint sensors and scanners, there is certainly a clearly visible trend of using multifactor biometric authentication for improved organizational security. Biometric sensors inside smartphones are also being widely used. As a matter of fact, there is now a wide variety of biometric authentication methods available and the biggest advantage of using smartphones for biometric authentication is users generally always carry their phone and can log into any system using those devices from anywhere.

The primary reason that fingerprint sensor and other biometric devices cannot be easily hacked or replicated, and most of them are also resistant to social engineering attacks, is because the person requires his physical presence for this type of authentication. This type of strong identification is also useful for preventing unethical employees from accessing data or facilities they are not authorized to access. Two-factor or multifactor authentication is certainly better security than single factor authentication, such as passwords and punch cards. Depending upon the exact level of required security a third authentication factor can also be implemented. When it comes to high end sophisticated biometric devices and implementation of a strong biometric authentication system, Crossmatch is a name trusted by thousands of organizations worldwide. The company has already established itself as the leader in the industry.

For information regarding Crossmatch biometric solutions and also about the services they offer, you can visit their website at http://www.crossmatch.com/.

About The Author

Benson Hedge is a pioneer in the field of biometric authentication and runs his own organization manufacturing security systems relating to this technology. He also likes to spread awareness about the many aspects related to the industry through the many informative articles he writes.