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Checklist for Biometric Authentication

Biometric authentication enables an organization to use two or more active or passive biometrics to provide what experts believe is highly accurate and fast authentication, with a low error rate.

The types of biometrics that organizations can implement include:

  • Voice biometrics. This uses voice patterns—pronunciation, emphasis, speed of speech, accent—along with physical characteristics to confirm identity.

  • Facial recognition. The best-known application of this technology is Apple’s iPhone unlock feature that uses your face to unlock your phone, but “selfie matching” also can be used by organizations for authentication purposes.

  • Passive/behavioral. This type of biometric uses machine learning artificial intelligence to match patterns of behavior, which are unique from individual to individual.

  • Device identification. In this case, an organization can authenticate a person through the device they carry. Software and geolocation features may play a role.

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