Report Points to Ascent of Behavioral Biometrics, Persistent Authentication

The global biometrics market has shifted from one comprised primarily of hardware-based technologies to a mobile-focused, software-driven industry, and behavioral solutions will play an increasingly important role, according to a new report from Mercator Advisory Group.Report Points to Ascent of Behavioral Biometrics, Persistent Authentication

The report cites Google’s efforts with Android in pointing to the rise of persistent and passive authentication systems, which will become the primary authentication paradigm over the next five to eight years. And behavioral biometrics systems “will play an increasingly important factor in establishing trust factors for the authenticating consumers’ identity across every channel and for establishing persistent identity,” says report author and Mercator VP Tim Sloane in a report synopsis.

Mobile devices, meanwhile, are the primary vector for such biometric solutions, and will only become more important as Apple and Google refine their authentication technologies. And this “reliance on the smartphone will help establish the FIDO (the Fast Identity Online) Standard as the appropriate architectural approach for managing authentication credentials,” with FIDO’s on-device approach to the storage of biometrics and other data helping to protect the data of end users.

Mercator’s predictions track well with other recent reports, such as Acuity’s prediction that all smartphones shipped in 2019 will feature biometric technology, and FindBiometrics’ recent Year in Review survey results indicating that ascent of behavioral biometrics as a major modality. Mercator’s report, entitled Biometrics: A New Wrinkle Changes the Authentication Landscape, can be ordered through the firm’s website.

January 16, 2017 – by Alex Perala