Developers rate biometrics as best for mobile app security
24 August 2016 13:44 GMT

Biometric authentication has been rated as the most secure option for developers of mobile apps in a new annual survey.

In a survey by Evans Data, biometrics authentication was selected by 36% of developers, followed by on-device hardware encryption at 25%, NFC-based authentication selected at 18%, and on-device software encryption, cited by 14%.

In a statement, the data firm noted that while the security technologies measured are not mutually exclusive, that the results show the relative level of confidence developers place on each one.

“Although biometric authentication isn’t new technology, it’s still considered the best form of authentication by mobile developers,” said Janel Garvin CEO of Evans Data. “Iris scans and facial recognition have more novelty, but fingerprint scans are easier for the user and thus appealing to the developer.”

Another noteworthy security finding was that 39% felt that the application layer is the most important line of Defense in securing a mobile app, followed by 28% who think the mobile OS is most important. However, encryption of data stored on the mobile device was the most likely security method to be supported.

The Mobile Development survey has a margin of error of 4% and is published twice a year.