The advancement of technology precipitated many changes in various industries, including adopting a remote work model. With the accessibility of the internet and ubiquity of mobile devices, companies can now allow their employees to work off-premise.
In the pre-pandemic era, telecommuting served as an easier and more convenient way to perform tasks typically done in a traditional workplace. Several enterprises were already implementing it, while others saw it as an option they could consider some other time.
However, when the novel coronavirus broke out, the capability to operate outside the office became a sudden mandate. Companies needed to sustain activities while adhering to lockdown protocols and physical distancing requirements. With more enterprises implementing a remote work setup, many are expected to retain it even if the pandemic is already over.
Although remote work proved beneficial amid the global health crisis, it can also open doors to security threats, especially if firms still rely on antiquated defenses. Therefore, businesses must replace their outdated identity verification methods with effective knowledge based authentication alternatives.
Solutions like mobile facial biometric verification work better against fraudulent attempts because they are not susceptible to tactics typically used against knowledge-based credentials. This technology harnesses camera-enabled mobile devices to take a selfie and scan an identity document to accomplish the identity proofing process. It also features additional security controls such as active liveness confirmation and anti-spoofing detection to prevent cheating the identity proofing procedure.
To supplement biometric technology, companies can enable device-based authentication as an extra barrier to keep out bad actors. In this method, remote employees register their devices to their accounts after establishing a trusted identity during onboarding.
Coupling biometrics with device-based authentication means that the device and the account cannot be accessed unless all credentials are provided. These passwordless security systems can also provide a seamless experience for users as they telecommute.
To learn more about the matter, see this infographic from authID that covers the role of biometric identity assurance in the remote workforce.