63% of organizations that have suffered a data breach implement biometric authentication: 5 things to know

Biometrics may one day replace passwords, or at least that is what a recent Veridium survey revealed.

For the survey, Veridium, a software and security firm, gathered responses from 200 U.S. senior IT decision makers at organizations with more than 500 employees.

Here are five survey insights.

1. More than half (53 percent) of respondents said their organization experienced a data breach sometime within the last five years.

2. Sixty-three percent of respondents whose organizations have experienced a data breach said they will implement biometric authentication to prevent another one.

3. Although almost every (99 percent) IT decision maker surveyed reported they currently use passwords in their organizations, only 34 percent of respondents said they are very confident passwords alone can protect data.

4. The majority (83 percent) of respondents reported their employees use techniques to bypass their password policy. These techniques include storing passwords within a web browser or password manager (53 percent), reusing the same characters, but adding, changing or adjusting a number (50 percent) and writing down passwords (41 percent).

5. Eighty-six percent of respondents agree biometrics is the most secure authentication method of organizations and consumers. Respondents cited overall better security (63 percent), increased workforce productivity (54 percent) and better accessibility (50 percent) as the top reasons for using biometric authentication.

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