Fast Facts: All Mobile Devices Will Use Biometrics By 2020

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What often hits the market for consumers usually rears itself to the enterprise space, and the latest trend comes in the form of biometrics. Facial and fingerprint recognition on mobile devices has been growing for several years, but in 2017 really made a splash when Apple’s iPhone X came equipped with the authentication technology.

Data released by eMarketer says smartphones, wearables, and tablets are all headed in that same direction over the next few years, which will change the game in terms of enterprise mobility security.

The data shows all three forms of mobile devices will have biometric capabilities as of 2020. Currently, 63.5% of smartphones, 54.5% of wearables, and 41.2% of tablets have biometric capabilities. To that end, a new survey from Keeper Security, Inc. showed 38.9% of respondents believe fingerprint and facial recognition are more secure than passwords.

What do these forms of next generation authentication mean to enterprise security teams? IT administrators will need to deploy EMMs, MDMs, or MTDs that will intersect with biometric capabilities, especially in BYOD environments. Creating flexibility for the user enhances productivity.

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