Three Steps Before You Deploy Biometric MFA for Secure Logins

You already know that passwords aren’t secure, and that users can’t be relied on to create complex, unique passwords for every business system or software they access. 

91% of people know that using the same password for multiple systems is a cybersecurity risk, yet 75% of them do it anyway. How are you supposed to secure access if users won’t follow basic cybersecurity best practices? 

You do it by adding biometric multi factor authentication as your login method, removing passwords as a primary credential and dramatically reducing your risk for credential theft. This type of change from passwords to a passwordless setup is one that your users will only embrace if it’s as easy - or easier - than using passwords was in the first place.

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Step 1: Preparation - Audit Access, Review Policies, Check Hardware

Before launching your new authentication process, know what you plan to do first. Audit your access management policies and be sure it’s clear who should be able to do what at each level of access granted. 

Review Active Directory to be sure your access controls are behaving as they should, as once you install GoVerifyID, your existing setup will copy over. 

Additionally, check what devices and hardware your users have. Does everyone have a laptop with a built in webcam? Does your organization issue mobile devices? What operating systems do your users prefer? Having a clear picture of what devices your users will be using for their passwordless login will help your IT support team down the line if anyone has questions.

Step 2: Test in a Sandbox Environment First

It should go without saying that you never deploy new technology to your production environment without testing first! 

Be sure to set up a sandbox environment for your Active Directory Domain Controller, and run through setup with your organization’s rules first. If possible, you can and should even pilot test your implementation with a small group of users that can go through as many scenarios and bug testing steps as possible. 

This will not only help you find potential issues, such as users who have more access than their role warrants, but it will help your team pinpoint if there are any areas where your users’ workflow is interrupted. Is there a system or process with unnecessarily strict authentication requirements, or is there one that’s not strict enough? Testing will help you identify if this is the case.

Step 3: Deployment

Once you’ve determined your organization’s access policies, tested how everything will work, and even run a small pilot program, you’re ready to roll it out to your entire workforce. 

As with any major technology update, plan it for the lowest impact day you can. Even better for your IT team, stagger it in batches so they can help anyone struggling with the tool. With a biometric MFA app such as GoVerifyID, the enrollment process has clear, step by step guidance for each biometric modality, which lessens the support needed from your team. Without that, however, you should expect to have to guide your users through enrollment and what the authentication workflow will look like. 

If you’d like to see the step by step guide of how to install and deploy GoVerifyID, you can register for our webinar by clicking below. It takes less than 15 minutes for the initial installation, configuration, and deployment, with your team having complete control over how customized your implementation becomes.

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