June 1, 2018 Accordant

Biometric Identity Management and MFA

Identity and access management, often referred to as IAM, is about defining and managing the access privileges and roles of certain network users, as well as the reasons users are granted (or denied) those privileges. The main purpose of the IAM system is to create one identity per person. Once the digital identity is created, it is maintained, monitored and modified through the user’s access lifecycle.

Now, the use of biometric identity management has been created, making the ability to monitor and manage access to certain parts of a business or even files and documents easier.

Common Uses for Biometric Identity Management

Some of the most common ways this technology is used today include:

  • Logical and physical access control (i.e. unlocking doors, weapon safety, logging into or out of accounts, etc.)
  • National security and surveillance
  • Forensics and investigations at crime scenes
  • Identification and authentication for payments cards, ATMs, kiosks, POS and more
  • Criminal identification and enrollment
  • Biometric passports, background checks, verification, identification, civil enrollment and national ID

These are just a few of the ways that this technology is used today. However, it isn’t the only high-tech method of protection information, physical property and other things.

Introducing MFA

MFA, or multi-factor authentication, is a process used by an individual or computer to prove identity and gain access to data or information using several authentication methods.

A multi-factor application is created by combining several pieces of evidence from different categories into some type of authentication mechanism. The identification items include:

  • Biometrics (i.e. your fingerprint or retina)
  • A token or smartcard
  • A password

This multi-layer approach to security help prevent hackers and attackers from gaining access to sensitive information or locations.

Use of MFA Today

There are currently countless websites utilizing MFA to protect customers. One example is Instagram, which released an MFA process, which allows users to receive a code via text that they have enter to gain access to their account.

The Benefits of Biometrics and MFA Used Together

By combining “something you are” (biometrics) with “something you have” (tokens and smartcards) and with “something you know” (pins and passwords), you can feel confident that it’s going to be virtually impossible for your portals and data to be breached and reached by unauthorized users.