Passwords are still the weakest link in a security system. Biometric access control systems would have prevented the recent data breaches at Sony and Gawker.
There are a plethora of examples one can give of security breaches where a company didn’t just incur millions of dollars in damage, they also lost the trust of their customers. Access control systems that still use the traditional password system are still in danger of security breaches that could happen at any time. Even in the face of such examples, companies still make simple mistakes like using weak passwords and not changing them often. According to some reports, more than 70% of security breaches are carried out with the help of an insider who exploits his or her access to service and administrative accounts even after they have left the company a long time ago.
The recent security breaches at Sony and Gawker highlight the vulnerability of the password system. Phishing or key loggers can easily be used to steal the password, among various other methods that exist.
Security experts say that an organization should have a more personalized and multilayered approach in order to make their valuable data more secure from cyber attacks. Furthermore, companies do not wish to cause any inconvenience to their users and employees and, therefore, do not take the steps necessary to ensure a more fool-proof security system. What is required is a security system that identifies a person instead of a code. This is where Biometric access control systems come into play, especially fingerprint access control systems.
The use of such access control systems will guarantee that only the correct individual is identified and granted access to the system. Fingerprint access control systems save the unique fingerprint of a person in its database and grant access only to them. This is the most efficient manner in which the movement of people in a system can be monitored.
A modern and technologically advanced fingerprint access control system is equipped with a scanner that captures a high resolution image of the fingerprint. These systems have gained acceptance in a number of places like banks, hospitals, etc. and are increasingly being used in place of password systems to mark attendance and grant access.