Biometric Authentication in 5 minutes

FIDO-based biometric authentication is one of the best ways to protect identity online. With Secfense you can add biometric authentication to any application in 5 minutes.

What Is Biometric Authentication?

FIDO-based biometric authentication is the top choice of leading tech organizations worldwide to secure online identity. This security procedure uses unique biological characteristics. Examples of biometric authentication are retinas, irises, voices, facial features, and fingerprints to verify a person’s identity. It controls access to physical and digital resources, such as buildings and devices.

The term “biometric” combines “bio” (meaning human) and “metric” (meaning measurement). In simpler terms, biometrics are measurements related to human features that distinguish individuals from one another.

While biometric systems can handle both authentication and identification, there is a key difference between the two. Identification asks, “who are you?” while authentication asks, “Are you who you say you are?” Biometric identification confirms your identity based on your body measurements. Biometric authentication takes it a step further by comparing your information against a database to ensure you are who you claim to be.

What is FIDO2 authentication?

When talking about biometric authentication we usually talk about FIDO2 authentication (an open online authentication standard built by FIDO Alliance). But is there a difference between biometric authentication and FIDO2 biometric authentication?

Biometric authentication refers to the general use of unique biological characteristics, such as fingerprints, facial features, or retinas, to verify a person’s identity.

On the other hand, FIDO2 biometric authentication is a specific implementation of biometric authentication that follows the standards and protocols set by the FIDO (Fast Identity Online) Alliance. FIDO2 incorporates strong security measures and public-key cryptography to enhance the security of biometric authentication.

FIDO2 biometric authentication offers additional benefits compared to traditional biometric authentication methods. It ensures that sensitive credentials are not exposed during the authentication process, mitigating the risk of phishing attacks or credential abuse. FIDO2 also provides a standardized approach, enabling interoperability across various devices and platforms.

In summary, while biometric authentication is a broader term encompassing various methods of using biological characteristics for identity verification, FIDO2 biometric authentication specifically refers to the implementation that adheres to FIDO Alliance standards for enhanced security and interoperability.

Companies around the world are introducing FIDO2 biometric authentication instead of other MFA methods because FIDO2 gives much better protection against phishing and credential theft comparing to all other authentication methods.

Organizations that want to introduce FIDO2 biometric authentication at scale, across the entire organization pick Secfense which makes it possible to add FIDO2 to any app within minutes and can protect entire organization with FIDO2 within days.

What Is Behavioral Biometrics?

The word “biometrics” usually brings to mind fingerprint and eye scanners as well as face or voice recognition technology. While these are legitimate methods of biometric authentication, there is another side to biometrics called behavioral biometrics.

The difference between traditional and behavioral biometrics is that the latter authenticates continuously. It constantly monitors the users’ behavior within the application and tracks suspicious patterns. This is to make sure that the users who logged in behave like themselves. Users who act in an unusual way can be restricted from accessing further data or logged off until their identity is verified again.


How Can Biometrics Be Used in Multi-Factor Authentication?

Biometric authentication is often used as a major component of modern multi-factor authentication. The more security layers stand between users and applications, the more difficulty hackers face while trying to breach the organizations’ network.

While biometric multi factor authentication is much safer than passwords, relying solely on it could an enterprise in danger. For this reason, it is usually added as a second layer of security, next to passwords. Therefore, biometric authentication is a great security measure to take, as long as it is not the only one.


Biometric Authentication and Enterprise Security

Biometric authentication is another approach to safeguarding data access that is a stronger alternative to passwords. Biometrics is becoming increasingly popular as the second authentication factor (in the two-factor authentication approach), with the first factor being passwords.

Why add biometric authentication to the login process? Because passwords are very unreliable in securing organization databases. Employees create weak and easy-to-guess passwords, such as “12345”, “password”, or names of their kids, spouses, or pets.

Instead of using words and numbers, biometric authentication technology uses physiological factors, such as a fingerprint, an iris, a voice, or a face, to strengthen authentication and secure access. These factors cannot be guessed. Biometric authentication solutions are often seen as the first step to passwordless authentication and are used as one of the factors in multi-factor authentication.


What Is the Most Common Type of Biometrics Device in the Enterprise?

In the enterprise environment, biometric authentication often includes the use of some hardware authenticator. Security teams frequently incorporate hard tokens, such as FIDO2-based security keys, or local authenticators, such as smartphones and laptops that support the FIDO2 standard. With phones and laptops adapted via WebAuthn to be local authenticators, employees can use biometrics to log in. They can also use FIDO2 security keys, which are small security tokens equipped with fingerprint sensors.


Biometric Authentication and Remote Work Security

Biometric authentication solutions can significantly improve remote work security. The FIDO2 standard allows organizations to take advantage of company hardware and use it as biometric authenticators. Nowadays, every smartphone and laptop has a built-in camera or fingerprint scanner so that it can be used as a biometric authentication device. Biometric authentication solutions are often integrated with privileged access management (PAM) tools and IAM platforms to ensure the most comprehensive authentication policies possible.


How to Deploy Biometric Authentication on Enterprise Software?

Biometric authentication, or any other authentication standard, can be easily deployed on any enterprise application with User Access Security Broker. The deployment is scalable, which means that this strong authentication can be activated on any application in the same way without any software development. Biometric authentication can also be used for microauthorization, adding another security layer. Enabling microauthorizations is a way to ensure that the session is continued by the user who logged in initially.

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We are faced with new challenges every day. We must always be one step ahead of the attackers and know what they are going to do before they do it. We are convinced that the User Access Security Broker will bring security to a new level, both for those working at the office and from home. For us, working with Secfense is an opportunity to exchange experience with developers who put great value on out-of-the-box thinking.

Krzysztof Słotwiński

Business Continuity and Computer Security Officer

BNP Paribas Bank Poland

As part of the pre-implementation analysis, we verified that users utilize a wide range of client platforms: desktop computers, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and traditional mobile phones. Each of these devices differs in technological advancement, features, and level of security. Because of this, and also due to the recommendation of the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (UKNF), we decided to introduce additional protection in the form of multi-factor authentication mechanisms based on FIDO. As a result, users of our applications can log in safely, avoiding common cyber threats such as phishing, account takeover, and theft of their own and their clients’ data.

Marcin Bobruk



We are excited to partner with Secfense to enhance our user access security for our web apps. By integrating their User Access Security Broker, we ensure seamless and secure protection for our applications and systems, delivering superior security and convenience to our customers.

Charm Abeywardana

IT & Infrastructure

Visium Networks

Before investing in Secfense, we had the opportunity to talk to its existing clients. Their reactions were unanimous: wow, it’s so easy to use. We were particularly impressed by the fact that implementing their solution does not require the involvement of IT developers. It gives Secfense a huge advantage over the competition, and at the same time opens the door to potential customers who so far were afraid of changes related to the implementation of multi-factor authentication solutions.

Mateusz Bodio

Managing Director


Even when the network and infrastructure are secured enough, social engineering and passwords can be used to gain control of the system by attackers. Multifactor authentication is the current trend. Secfense addresses this and allows you to build zero trust security and upgrade your current systems to passwordless applications within minutes, solving this problem right away,” said Eduard Kučera, Partner at Presto Ventures and cybersecurity expert – former Director in hugely successful Czech multinational cyber security firm Avast.

Eduard Kučera


Presto Ventures

One of the biggest challenges the world is facing today is securing our identity online. That’s why we were so keen to have Secfense in our portfolio. They make it possible to introduce strong authentication in an automated way. Until now, organizations had to selectively protect applications because the deployment of new technology was very hard, or even impossible. With Secfense, the implementation of multi-factor authentication is no longer a problem, and all organizations can use the highest standards of authentication security.

Stanislav Ivanov

Founding Partner

Tera Ventures

Two-factor authentication is known to be one of the best ways to protect against phishing; however, its implementation has always been difficult. Secfense helped us solve that problem. With their security broker, we were able to introduce various 2FA methods on our web applications at once.

Dariusz Pitala

Head of IT