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Biometric Security Technology

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Max Berry

on 29 January 2016

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Transcript of Biometric Security Technology

Biometric Mobile
Security Technology

By Max Berry
What does 'Biometric' mean?
"The identification of humans by their anatomical characteristics or traits”
How are biometrics used within the computing industry?
Fighting Crime
Comparing evidence from a crime scene with previously or subsequently recorded biometric data
Examples:  fingerprint, DNA

Security Authentication
for computer, network, and physical access and rights management
Example: log on to PCs by fingerprint

Comfort & Personalisation
Identifying a person and changing personal settings accordingly
For example, setting the seat, mirrors, etc. in a multi-user car by facial recognition
What Biometric characteristics are able to be used in security technology?
How are our biometrics determined?
Heavily determined by genes from parents
Random genetic variation

Truly unique
Determined by upbringing and social environments

Can be highly susceptible to change
Unique but can fool biometric systems in the cases of identical twins and some siblings
Biometric security model vs Conventional
Verification vs Identification
Is that you *username* ?
Who is this? Do I recognise you?
Conventional security authentication methods tend to be based around two models:

Something the user “has” – e.g. Key, electromagnetic card, electronic fob etc.

Something the user “knows” – e.g. Pin number, password, combination etc.

Biometric validation uses a third model:

Something that you “are” – e.g. Human characteristics such as face, voice, DNA, etc.
That’s all great, but why is no one doing anything with this technology?!
PIPA Touch informational video
Never be a 100% fool proof system

Advantages out weigh disadvantages

More secure than passwords

Could drastically impact the way we interact with our devices
Would you use a biometric security technology?
Data needs to be stored securely

Systems and hardware can be costly

Still able to be compromised

Will need secondary, conventional back up security feature implemented

Not fool proof – limitations in certain biometric traits
More accurate than conventional passwords

Greater combination possibility

Unique to the user



Harder to crack
Advantages & Disadvantages of using Biometric security technology
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