Biometric software security systems
Biometric software security systems enhance security by linking a unique physical attribute of a user to the data that they are allowed to access. The user provides their fingerprint (or other biometric) to the system, which is then authenticated against a stored template.
Biometrics add an additional factor of authentication and are therefore a significant improvement in computer security. The most common biometric security systems use fingerprints, but these systems can also use iris and retinal scans, hand geometry, and facial recognition technology.
The plusID biometric security device is a fingerprint-based, personal, mobile fob that can be used to authenticate users to access computers, networks, websites, software, VPNs, secured printers, and online applications.
The authorized user's fingerprint template and passwords are securely stored on the plusID during the device's issuance process, called enrollment. Once a user is enrolled, the device will transmit the appropriate credential only after the user performs a successful biometric authentication using the fingerprint scanner on the fob.
Additionally, the device eliminates the administrative hassle and expense of IT password management; studies have shown that 40-60% of IT help desk calls pertain to password maintenance, and on average, $250 per employee per year can be saved by eliminating these calls.
Traditional software security systems prompt a user to provide a username and password to access protected software and data. Newer systems use smartcards or other security tokens to authenticate users. Both password and token-based systems are susceptible to security breaches by unauthorized users. For example, if an individual's contactless smartcard is stolen, another individual can use it without detection. Only the use of biometrics can link the authorized user to the data they are allowed to access.