Worried that larger computer networks are susceptible to security breaches, more and more major corporations safeguarding their systems with biometrics instead of traditional password protections, according to a company that manufactures the newer products.
Austin, Texas-based IdentiPHI Inc. says that a handful of larger corporations already are using its new so-called “SAFsolution 5” software, including Fortune 100 companies in the fields of telephony, pharmaceuticals, banking and manufacturing. It isn’t clear what those companies are. A public relations representative declined to provide their names, citing privacy policies.
The size of the companies moving to biometrics represents a huge leap forward for the industry, according to Steve Oyer, IdentiPHI’s chief executive officer.
“These customers have five to twenty times the number of users than previous implementations, and are indicative of the importance and acceptance of biometric solutions we are seeing in larger organizations,” Oyer said. “While some of the initial deployments could reach all the way up to 60,000 seats, they may eventually scale much larger for each company.”
Introduced this month at a San Francisco expo, SAFsolution 5 integrates Microsoft (News - Alert) Windows Active Directory and supports a broad range of authentication methods, according to IdentiPHI.
Though the field is in its infancy, some experts say biometrics will play a critical role in computers, particularly in electronic commerce. There are several forms of biometrics security. They include: facial scans; fingerprint scans; hand geometry, retinal scans; signature analysis; vein analysis; and voice analysis.
Some evidence suggests the rapidly growing industry. According to IdentifiPHI Chief Technology Officer Mark Norwalk, more than 17 million laptops with built-in fingerprint readers already have been sold worldwide.
“Companies are purchasing these enterprise-class laptops and notebooks to provide greater security and access control,” Norwalk said.
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