IT Governance, Risk, and Compliance

Jul 9 2009   8:20PM GMT

Biometric Technology – Part I

Robert Davis Robert Davis Profile: Robert Davis

As technological advancements are increasingly immersed in routine human endeavors, few security professionals doubt the criticality for parallel and proportional achievements in information asset protection mechanisms to defend against threats from individuals or groups chasing infamy dreams. Contextually, those engaged in nefarious IT activities vigorously pursue stardom elevation by orchestrating information security attacks that render barriers to obtaining or affecting a targeted object impotent. When an information asset is deemed valuable, authorization through a single access scheme appears woefully inadequate compared to the estimated number of ‘hackers’ or ‘crackers’ probing IT operational defenses. Predictively, considering published organizational information security incidents, two or more authentication factors will inevitably become the security deployment norm, with one architectural authentication factor relying on a biometrically based process; unless superior alternative access control remedies are devised.

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