While the optimization of data security and management becomes a higher priority for businesses, more companies are turning toward biometric technology to meet their needs. According to a recent study by Gartner, 30 percent of organizations are expected to invest biometric authentication solutions by 2016. While the study focused on mobility and BYOD trends, this represents the larger drive toward biometric security in general.

“Security leaders must manage users’ expectations and take into account the user experience without comprising security,” said Ant Allan, vice president of research at Gartner. “Adopting significantly different authentication methods for different devices will eventually be unsustainable.”

Currently, only five percent of enterprises are utilizing biometric authentication protocols for their mobility strategies. A 25 percent increase in adoption over the next two years would be unprecedented in new technology growth. The key reason for advanced deployment of these tools, the report noted, was user experience and expectations, and biometric solutions’ ability to properly manage both without compromising security.

More data center operators are investing in biometric solutions as well. According to findBiometrics, these solutions are being deployed to optimize the protection of highly sensitive data in the health care, financial and condominium markets. One industry expert told the news source that the continued adoption of such data center security options is already at a record pace, with critical infrastructure improvements being optimized by identity and authorization management that truly protects from unauthorized access.

The primary benefit that all early adopters of biometric access control solutions are realizing is the option to rely on “true identity” access. The actual person is responsible for entry, rather than an ID card, key or passcode that can be forged or illicitly gained. This leads the reasons for adoption, but scalability and resiliency are other top ROI drivers.

With biometrics, businesses and data center management professionals can streamline their workflows around security compliance that is reliable and trustworthy, rather than remaining wary of their authorization capabilities. In the end, all firms can benefit from advanced security measures, like biometrics, and see their data protection strategies emboldened by such initiatives.

Data security and protection relies on trust and reliability, and only biometrics provides both through a reasonable and sustainable process that keeps access to server racks easy and productive.