Discover how to make biometrics ? the technology involving scanning and analyzing unique body characteristics and matching them against information stored in a database ? a part of your overall security plan with this hands-on guide. Includes deployment scenarios, cost analysis, privacy issues, and much more.
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Discover how to make biometrics — the technology involving scanning and analyzing unique body characteristics and matching them against information stored in a database — a part of your overall security plan with this hands-on guide. Includes deployment scenarios, cost analysis, privacy issues, and much more.
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In the wake of 9/11, biometrics appears poised for explosive growth -- but even now, few people understand these technologies...or their profound implications. Now there’s an authoritative, nontechnical briefing on everything from retina scans to DNA sampling, accuracy questions to privacy issues.

The editors start with an overview of authentication: its goals, challenges, and economics. With that context, they turn to biometric systems themselves, starting with their common elements (data acquisition and enrollment, signal/image processing, and decision policy). Next, they cover the full range of current and envisioned biometrics systems. (It’s remarkable how many ways you’re measurably unique: fingerprints, footprints, facial and voice recognition, iris scans, signature recognition, keystroke dynamics, vein patterns, facial thermography, hand grip, skin luminescence, ear shape, sweat pores, brain wave patterns -- even body odor.)

Biometrics doesn’t shy away from discussing the limitations of existing systems (video clips played back on a notebook PC have fooled facial recognition software; fingerprints have been spoofed with water-filled plastic bags). Nor do they avoid the controversial privacy issues, though they find these issues far more manageable than some critics do.

If you’re in the market for biometric systems, you’ll find a structured approach for determining your needs, creating statements of work, and assessing your alternatives. You’ll find coverage of current and emerging standards, military and private-sector deployments, plus a case study of 2002’s facial recognition surveillance at the Super Bowl (a.k.a. “Snooper Bowl”). Whether your foremost concern is security or privacy, this is very important reading. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072222272
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill/OsborneMedia
  • Publication date: 12/19/2002
  • Series: RSA Press Ser.
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 0.94 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 9.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Authentication and Biometrics Overview
Ch. 1 How Authentication Technologies Work 3
Ch. 2 How Biometrics Work 25
Pt. II Types of Biometrics
Ch. 3 Fingerprint and Hand Geometry 45
Ch. 4 Facial and Voice Recognition 71
Ch. 5 Eye Biometrics: Iris and Retina Scanning 89
Ch. 6 Signature Recognition and Keystroke Dynamics 101
Ch. 7 Esoteric Biometrics 115
Pt. III Issues Involving Biometrics
Ch. 8 Biometric Liveness Testing 139
Ch. 9 Biometrics in Large-Scale Systems 151
Ch. 10 Biometric Standards 167
Ch. 11 Biometric Testing and Evaluation 183
Pt. IV Privacy, Policy, and Legal Concerns Raised by Biometrics
Ch. 12 Biometrics and Privacy 197
Ch. 13 Legal Considerations of Government Use of Biometrics 217
Ch. 14 Case Study: Super Bowl Surveillance 247
Ch. 15 The Law and Private-Sector Use of Biometrics 259
Pt. V Review of Selected Biometrics Programs
Ch. 16 Government and Military Programs 283
Ch. 17 Searching the FBI's Civil Files: Public Safety v. Civil Liberty 307
Ch. 18 Private-Sector Programs 329
Ch. 19 Biometrics and the Feasibility of a National ID Card 353
Pt. VI Appendixes
A: Resources 381
B Publicly Held Companies Offering Biometric Services 403
Index 407
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