Mobile biometrics to be used by 30% of orgs by 2016: Gartner

BYOD will require trade-offs between security and usability, says research company

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Mobile biometrics to be used by 30% of orgs by 2016: Gartner Apple's iPhone 5S uses fingerprint security. (Getty Images)
By  Stephen McBride Published  February 14, 2014

Thirty per cent of organisations will use biometric authentication on mobile phones by 2016, up from 5% today, according to research firm Gartner Inc.

The consumerisation of IT and businesses' bring your own device (BYOD) programmes have resulted in potential security problems for IT leaders, according to Gartner. User expectations of a clean and simple mobile user experience often outweigh security concerns, and the same valuable data guarded by complex passwords and security measures on PCs can be left vulnerable on mobile devices.

"Mobile users staunchly resist authentication methods that were tolerable on PCs and are still needed to bolster secure access on mobile devices," said Ant Allan, research vice president at Gartner.

"Security leaders must manage users' expectations and take into account the user experience without comprising security."

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