The Other Side of the Password Debate
Is Biometrics Ready?
Though we disagree with this article, we thought our Clients would appreciate reading an opposing position to our belief that biometrics are still not a cost-effective form of authentication. We believe you still need to increase the tolerance so high to get them to work with the ever-changing human body, that they do not offer strong authentication benefits.
This article, by Phillip Dunkelberger, posits that biometrics should replace passwords on internet sites, because of the fact that most people will be using portable devices that include a biometric authentication method.
While we think biometrics may make a good “second factor” of authentication (who you are), we do not believe that they, standing alone, offer more robust protection than the “what-you-know, what-you-have” authentication approaches we’re currently working on.
Still, in Mr. Dunkelberger’s defense, he’s making a case not as much for the immediate use of biometrics, but more for the elimination of barriers to biometrics, and thus we think this is a worthwhile read.
Check out the entire article here.