Trust is fragile, and often difficult to rebuild. We see this challenge across a wide spectrum, but as we have come to depend on our technology, vulnerabilities have created trust issues from a security perspective for businesses and other organizations. The examples below are three ways that enterprise security trust is compromised.
Weak Access Policies
When it comes to access, each employee should only have access to the systems and data they need, when they need them.
For example, there is a folder on a server with confidential documents. Perhaps these contain sensitive customer data, such as credit card information, phone numbers, addresses, etc. or may even contain information about a confidential project.
Now, let’s say one of your employees still learning how to navigate the file management system mistakenly accesses that folder and opens up one of the critical documents. They now they have a cached copy on their personal workstation, which gives a hacker another lane by which to access the sensitive data. Even worse, what if they attach that same document to an email or delete the document from the server – all accidentally.
Poor Authentication & Verification Methods
Outdated authentication and verification methods such as passwords, access cards, key fobs, etc. are widely used amongst organizations today. The fundamental problem with these tools is that they represent false identity given the fact that they are simply an extension of who you actually are.
The consequences lie in the fact that these can be stolen or shared. Let’s say Chelsie is a network engineer and has exclusive access to a server room, but accidentally misplaces her access card. Immediately, anyone with that card is now able to enter the highly secure area through a piece of plastic that is no more than a representation of Chelsie. Evidently, critical data and information is now at risk as a result of a poor authentication method.
Unprotected Portal Logins
With the increasing number of remote workers, it is more important than ever that organizations ensure that employees are working through secure connections. Having said this, similarly to the access card example above, login credentials for VPN’s can be easily compromised, stolen, or shared which is ultimately a massive security risk for the organizations enabling remote work.
As you can see, each of the the security concerns listed above all have one common denominator. A lack of identity assurance, which is where biometrics come in. Each of the features that make us who we are cannot be transferred, lost, or stolen. If Sydney gains access to a door, application, portal, etc. through the unique characteristics that make her human, we are sure that it is actually Sydney gaining access, not someone “pretending” to be Sydney through a false identity.
Trust in the connected world is only possible through biometrics.