Following the news that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will be launched with an integrated iris scanner which is claimed to be a “step forward in biometric security” and positioned as a replacement of passwords altogether, Charles Read, Regional Director of UK, Ireland and Benelux at, provider of IAM solutions, OneLogin commented below.

Charles Read, Regional Director UK, I and Benelux at OneLogin, Inc:

Charles Read“The news from the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 press conference that it is launching the new device with an integrated Iris scanner, is great news for the continued success of biometric-authentication technology – especially following the announcement from Barclays earlier this week around its new voice-recognition technology for telephone and online banking.

Biometrics have been an interest for enterprise IT for some time and it seems the newer authentication methods are now becoming mainstream. Yet as biometric  methods continue to become more popular, the questions over their security remain. Biometrics may be more convenient for consumers but as the legal and privacy implications evolve, the related security risks with using this form of access need to be considered.

It turns out this new wave of biometric techniques put consumers in a new kind of risk. Users can easily mitigate passwords hacks by simply changing passwords. The hack of a finger print or iris scan however can lead to a lifetime of problems for consumers as a person can’t change their fingerprint or facial geometry.

The best thing to do for those looking to ensure the security of their products and consumer data should be to use biometrics as an additional layer of authentication as part of a wider Identity and Access Management (IAM) strategy.”