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Why security usability matters more than you think

It’s no longer enough for security solutions to simply work. They need to be fraud-proof in a manner that can prevent the consequences of increasingly sophisticated phishing attacks. They have to offer the same access protections remotely as in the office. But unless security solutions are also convenient, they simply won’t be as effective.

Why usability matters

More so than most, security is a process that must be integrated with how people work and function to be successful. When a process becomes time-consuming and annoying, people will do their best to bypass it for the sake of productivity if nothing else. Look no further than how increasing password complexity requirements has caused users to rely on passwords that they reuse across multiple platforms and services. When one site is compromised, then the risk increases for all of them. That’s not to say passwords don’t have their obvious place in the security ecosystem. They do. But they can only be trusted up to a certain point simply because of human nature.

Security usability is not just about ease of use. It’s also about protecting users from themselves and bypassing problems for your IT staff. Think of how the sophistication of phishing attacks has grown exponentially over the past five years. They’re simply getting harder and harder for even tech-savvy employees to recognize. Usability means building automatic resilience into your security processes so that users don’t inadvertently provide attackers with an entry point into your organization. If attacks can be prevented in advance, then they should be. Usability also means your IT department needs processes that can prevent not only current attacks but also future ones.

Security usability is not just about ease of use. It’s also about protecting users from themselves and bypassing problems for your IT staff.

Blending security and usability is possible

Modern security solutions require a flexibility that can’t be limited by organizational silos. That’s where the cracks are. Biometric authentication represents an opportunity for enterprises to move their security program forward by adding fraud-proof identity verification across their entire organization. SentryCard enables organizations to change their security odds by changing the game itself and preventing every attack that originates with stolen or fraudulent credentials. Hackers have yet to figure out how to replicate a self-contained authentication solution that verifies a user’s biometric information, and it’s not likely they will anytime soon. With SentryCard, there’s simply nothing for them to attack because the authentication information isn’t stored anywhere but on the card itself. 

By replacing a reliance on passwords with fraud-proof biometric authentication that meets FIDO2, you can build resilience against any threat that involves stolen or forged credentials. The SentryCard is the only open-architected biometric platform in the market, making it compatible with virtually every back-end system. It’s a converged security solution that bridges the gap between software and hardware, yet doesn’t require the replacement of existing equipment.To learn how SentryCard adds a level of protection to your entire organization with verifiable identity integrated into your current processes, please click here to contact Sentry Enterprises.

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