When we say, “It’s time to kill the password,” this is the tech we’re talking about. Whereas physical access control refers to securing real-world facilities, logical access control concerns the protection of digital assets.
Traditionally, access to digital assets has been secured by passwords. But a legacy of data breaches coupled with a growing awareness of the vulnerabilities of password-based security has prompted an increasing number of companies, government agencies, and end users to embrace the more sophisticated security capabilities of biometrics.
These solutions can take a wide range of forms. Most contemporary smartphones, for example, now support biometric access systems that protect users’ devices with fingerprint or face scans, while numerous organizations have added USB fingerprint scanners to their workstations in order to keep unauthorized users out. Not only do these systems enhance security, but they also improve the user experience by eliminating the issue of forgotten passwords – a benefit that also goes hand-in-hand with reduced administrative and IT costs in the enterprise setting.