Echoworx is trying to make it easier for clients to gain access to secure messages. The company is best known as an encryption specialist, and will now be allowing those using its Email Encryption Platform to log in with biometric authentication.
According to Echoworx, biometric authentication will improve the user experience because it will streamline login procedures for end users. People will no longer need to type in a password and answer security questions to read their messages, and can instead take advantage of passwordless identity verification procedures that can be completed in a matter of seconds.
Biometric authentication is one of seven options available to users of the Email Encryption Platform. Echoworx itself noted that there is growing support for biometric authentication at the corporate level, citing a Gartner report that suggested that 60 percent of large enterprises will cover most of their business with some form of passwordless authentication by 2022.
The Echoworx biometric authentication system will allow users to verify their identities with the biometric sensors that are increasingly available in modern mobile devices.
“People trust their devices and mobile is the fastest growing channel for reaching customers,” said Echoworx CEO Michael Ginsberg. “That’s why we’ve decided to leverage biometric authentication, like fingerprint and facial recognition already built into devices, to access encrypted messages. Eliminating the need to manage and use passwords is the future, and we feel biometrics are the obvious frontrunner for achieving this goal.”
The new feature arrives shortly after a Yubico report that suggested that most companies are planning to up their investment in multi-factor authentication solutions. That trend speaks to the discrepancy between the size of the remote workforce and the level of remote network security. In that regard, many organizations are still relying on outdated password systems for access control even as fraud has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 3, 2021 – by Eric Weiss