The Reality of Biometric System Security

Boon Edam Limited | Blog | April 2019

The reality of Biometric systems is much more than red lasers scattered around a focal point. While the lines can still be blurry between fact and fiction, biometrics actually impact certain areas of our lives more than you may think. From activating your mobile phone, paying for goods on the High-Street and even logging into your bank account, biometrics has become something of the norm.

For many industries, the progression of safe data and biometrics brings exciting new possibilities, particularly when it comes to entrances. Businesses and building owners now have increased options when it comes to securing an entrance. With the introduction of common biometrics allows designers to incorporate more advanced, and higher levels of security than ever before. As with all things new, one needs to weigh up the pros and cons before deciding if an implementation is the right choice. So, just how secure are biometric systems really?

Biometric Users Are Key.

Security entrance systems that require a form of physical authentication to allow access are limited by their reliance on either passes and keys. Both require users to keep them safe and secure at all times, with the possibility that they could become lost or damaged.

With biometric systems, the users themselves provide the source of authentication. This is most commonly through a hand or thumbprint scan which is matched with data in a pre-approved database. This also means there is no need for a permanent physical presence to monitor the access control system and the flow of people coming in and out.

Preventing Tailgating and Piggybacking.

Through the use of biometric systems, staff do not need to carry around passes or keys to gain access to specific areas. This also means there is no risk of users giving access to unauthorised users, either maliciously, or through stolen keys or access cards.

Specific biometric systems can also help prevent users from trying to gain access via tailgating or piggybacking. For example, the Circlelock Combi has the option to have an internal biometric device mounted to it for additional authentication capabilities. In doing so, the reader ensures that the user inside the portal is the same as the one who first presented their biometric credentials to the reader.

  
  

Ensuring Privacy.

That’s not to say biometrics don’t have their drawbacks. Perhaps the most pressing issue for businesses looking to install biometric security is the issue of privacy. While there is no need for physical cards and passes, the biometric data of users still needs to be stored on a computer, which can potentially be an attractive target for hackers.

As such, it’s important to have effective cybersecurity measures in place alongside your building’s physical security. This means ensuring your computers’ software is always kept up to date to reduce your vulnerability to security flaws, as well as ensuring any passwords needed are strong and kept in a secure place.

Effective Implementation.

To conclude, biometric systems can provide an additional high-level of security for businesses by eliminating the need for staff to carry around passes and keys. However,  like all security measures, they must be implemented effectively and staff must be informed of best practices to limit the possibility of intruders and hackers.

For Further Information.

Looking to install biometric systems in your building’s entrance? Boon Edam UK offers a variety of different biometric solutions for businesses, such as through the Tourlock 180, or through the implementation of the Lifeline Boost to preexisting entrances. For more information, contact us today.

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