Biometric Technologies and Verification Systems

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Biometric Technologies and Verification Systems is organized into nine parts composed of 30 chapters, including an extensive glossary of biometric terms and acronyms. It discusses the current state-of-the-art in biometric verification/authentication, identification and system design principles. It also provides a step-by-step discussion of how biometrics works; how biometric data in human beings can be collected and analyzed in a number of ways; how biometrics are currently being used as a method of personal identification in which people are recognized by their own unique corporal or behavioral characteristics; and how to create detailed menus for designing a biometric verification system.

Only biometrics verification/authentication is based on the identification of an intrinsic part of a human being. Tokens, such as smart cards, magnetic stripe cards, and physical keys can be lost, stolen, or duplicated. Passwords can be forgotten, shared, or unintentionally observed by a third party. Forgotten passwords and lost "smart cards" are a nuisance for users and an expensive time-waster for system administrators. Biometric security solutions offer some unique advantages for identifying and verifying/ authenticating human beings over more traditional security methods. This book will serve to identify the various security applications biometrics can play a highly secure and specific role in.

• Contains elements such as Sidebars, Tips, Notes and URL links
• Heavily illustrated with over 150 illustrations, screen captures, and photographs
• Details the various biometric technologies and how they work while providing a discussion of the economics, privacy issues and challenges of implementing biometric security solutions

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"This text would be extremely useful as a ready reference for a seasoned security professional or as a primer for a novice."

"The author has struck a fine balance between the details and the big picture, and his book amply lives up to the desired purpose of the book."

Security Management, Col. Kuljeet Singh, CPP

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750679671
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 3/21/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 656
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Meet the Author

John Vacca is an information technology consultant, professional writer, editor, reviewer and internationally-known, best-selling author based in Pomeroy, Ohio. Since 1982, John has authored 72 books, including:

Identity Theft (Cybersafety) (Publisher: Chelsea House Pub (April 1, 2012 ); System Forensics, Investigation, And Response (Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning (September 24, 2010); Managing Information Security (Publisher: Syngress (an imprint of Elsevier Inc.) (March 29, 2010)); Network and Systems Security (Publisher: Syngress (an imprint of Elsevier Inc.) (March 29, 2010)); Computer and Information Security Handbook (Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann (an imprint of Elsevier Inc.) (June 2, 2009)); Biometric Technologies and Verification Systems (Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books (March 16, 2007)); Practical Internet Security (Hardcover): (Publisher: Springer (October 18, 2006)); Optical Networking Best Practices Handbook (Hardcover): (Publisher: Wiley-Interscience (November 28, 2006)); Computer Forensics: Computer Crime Scene Investigation (With CD-ROM), 2nd Edition (Publisher: Charles River Media (May 26, 2005)

John Vacca has also written more than 600 articles in the areas of advanced storage, computer security and aerospace technology (copies of articles and books are available upon request). John was also a configuration management specialist, computer specialist, and the computer security official (CSO) for NASA's space station program (Freedom) and the International Space Station Program, from 1988 until his retirement from NASA in 1995. In addition, John is also an independent online book reviewer. Finally, John was one of the security consultants for the MGM movie titled: "AntiTrust," which was released on January 12, 2001.

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Table of Contents

Part 1: Overview Of Biometrics Technology And Verification Systems
CHAPTER 1: What Is Biometrics?
CHAPTER 2: Types Of Biometrics Technology And Verification Systems
CHAPTER 3: Biometrics Technology And Verification Systems Standards
Part 2: How Biometrics Eye Analysis Technology Works
CHAPTER 4: How Iris Pattern Recognition Works
CHAPTER 5: How Retina Pattern Recognition Works
Part 3: How Biometrics Facial Recognition Technology Works
CHAPTER 6: How Video Face Recognition Works
CHAPTER 7: How Facial Thermal Imaging In The Infrared Spectrum Works
Part 4: How Biometrics Finger Scanning Analysis Technology Works
CHAPTER 8: How Finger Image Capture Works
CHAPTER 9: How Fingerscanning Verification And Recognition Works
Part 5: How Biometrics Geometry Analysis Technology Works
CHAPTER 10: How Hand Geometry Image Technology Works
CHAPTER 11: How Finger Geometry Technology Works
Part 6: How Biometrics Verification Technology Works
CHAPTER 12: How Dynamic Signature Verification Technology Works
CHAPTER 13: How Voice Recognition Technology Works
CHAPTER 14: How Keystroke Dynamics Technology Works
CHAPTER 15: How Palm Print Pattern Recognition Technology Works
CHAPTER 16: How Vein Pattern Analysis Recognition Technology Works
CHAPTER 17: How Ear Shape Analysis Technology Works
CHAPTER 18: How Body Odor And/Or Scent Analysis And Other Advanced Technology Works
CHAPTER 19: How DNA Measurement Technology Works
Part 7: How Privacy Enhanced Biometrics Based Verification/Authentication Works
CHAPTER 20: How Fingerprint Verification/Authentication Technology Works
CHAPTER 21: Vulnerable Points Of A Biometric Verification System
CHAPTER 22: How Brute Force Attacks Work
CHAPTER 23: How Data Hiding Technology Works
CHAPTER 24: Image-Based Challenges/Response Methods
CHAPTER 25: How Cancelable Biometrics Work
Part 8: Large-Scale Implementation/Deployment Of Biometrics Technologies And Verification Systems
CHAPTER 26: Specialized Biometrics Enterprise Deployment
CHAPTER 27: How to Implement Biometrics Technology And Verification Systems
Part 9: Biometrics Solutions And Future Directions
CHAPTER 28: How Mapping The Body Technology Works
CHAPTER 29: Selecting Biometric Solutions
CHAPTER 30: Biometric Benefits

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2007


    John Vacca's latest book on Biometric Technology is a must for security professionals. Government, law enforcement, retail and banking are just a few areas that biometrics are being or soon will be used. No longer is this James Bond fiction, biometrics are here to stay. Finally a book that explains,in percise detail, the uses and implementation of biometrics in todays world and into the future. Identies and the security of identies is an ever increasing problem.Implementing the biometric technology covered in this book such as facial,eye, voice, finger and DNA will save millions of dollars and help secure and gatekeep our companies and countries secrets. Advanced verification technology such as body mapping is discussed as well. A MUST for all security indivduals!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2007

    A Very Timely Topic

    As usual, John picks topics that are in demand and biometrics is definitely amongst the hottest topics. Having been invlved with a number of biometic security vendors, it is good to get an in-depth knowledge of the underlying techniques used from John's book. Another good piece of work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2007

    Biometric Technology Explained.

    Biometric recognition is no longer a concept used only in science fiction but a proven technology for personal identification. This text explains how the different recognition technologies work: Eye Analysis, Facial Recognition, Fingerscanning, Voice Recognition and many more. While reading about these technologies is fascinating, learning how to best use these recognition systems to improve security is the real value. This book will be a must read for IT security professionals.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2007

    A reviewer

    Biometric is used to secure information from unauthorized access, profile verification and identification to monitor access to secured premises, implemented on hand-held devices, and personal computers. Biometric is emerging as a critical component in the twenty first century for homeland security. The author has brilliantly laid out the theoretical foundations of biometric at every step leading to technological development and its implementation. This textbook could easily be adapted for one semester course on Information Security at an undergraduate level, or a must reading for every new aspiring guardian of information in the financial, insurance, health-care, and academic institutions. I commend the author for his excellent style of writing and explaining a very technical subject matter of Biometric easy to follow and understand.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2007

    Identity Theft

    Among many issues that we currently face, one has been attracting a lot of attention due to its widespread impact on many aspects of our lives. The issue is Identity Theft. The two most important areas that Identify Theft affects us are our personal security and our financial activities. The most widely used method for verification in the process of individual's personal and financial activities is through the use of a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in conjunction with another parameter such as a numeric value or a User Code. However, as we all know, this method is subject to compromise as we have seen in the past. It is most definitely time for institutions to seriously consider the use of more reliable methods. This book contains detailed and comprehensive discussions of all of the biometric technologies that I believe should be considered by institutions in the identification of individuals as a replacement for the old unreliable method.

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