Implementing Biometric Security / Edition 1

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* Biometrics authentication, which relies on fingerprints, speech, or other physical characteristics, is an increasingly important means of protecting critical data
* Gives security professionals specific guidelines, applications, and procedures for implementing a biometric security system in a LAN, WAN, or wireless infrastructure
* Covers fingerprint identification, hand geometry, speaker recognition, face location, retina scanning, and multibiometrics
* Companion Web site contains articles, papers, source code, and product guides

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Traditionally, most security systems authenticate you based on something you know -- i.e., a password. However, where security really matters, it makes sense to add a second layer. That could be something you have (e.g., a smartcard). Or, it could be something you are -- something that, at least theoretically, would be virtually impossible to forge. Your fingerprint or handprint. Your face. The characteristics of your iris or retina. Your DNA. Your voice. Your signature. The rhythm of your typing.

These “biometric” systems are now viable for a wide range of security applications and environments. But relatively few business and security professionals really understand biometrics. Implementing Biometric Security takes on the questions every potential biometrics implementer needs to answer.

What’s involved in installing, configuring, using, and managing each type of system? What support staff will you need? Which technologies are most reliable? What’s the right approach for each application -- or for multiple applications?

If you’re securing digital assets, which tools make sense for logon access, or for secure access to email and encrypted files? Should you implement PKI or security portals alongside biometrics, and how do they integrate? How do you serve users that present themselves via LAN, Web, wireless, VPN?

The authors cover applications ranging from airport security and ATMs to medical record access and time and attendance tracking -- even home security. Simply put, this is biometrics demystified -- so you can make intelligent decisions about it. 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: 9780764525025
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/9/2003
  • Series: Wiley Red Books Series, #14
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN CHIRILLO is a nationally recognized authority on computersecurity who has conducted award-winning security audits forFortune 1000 companies. He is the author of Hack Attacks Revealed,Hack Attacks Denied, Hack Attacks Encyclopedia, and other computersecurity resources.

SCOTT BLAUL is Director and General Manager of ProfessionalServices at ValCom and a former technical trainer for the US MarineCorps. He has created numerous professional training materials andhas extensive experience with storage, SANs, and securityvulnerabilities.

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Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Biometrics.

Chapter 2: Fingerprint Technology.

Chapter 3: Face Technology.

Chapter 4: Iris and Retina Vascular Pattern Technology.

Chapter 5: Other Physical Biometrics.

Chapter 6: Signature and Handwriting Technology.

Chapter 7: Voice Recognition.

Chapter 8: Keyboard/Keystroke Dynamics.

Chapter 9: Hiding Data with Passphrases.

Chapter 10: Multibiometrics and Two-Factor Authentication.

Chapter 11: Executive Decision.

Chapter 12: Biometric Solution Case Study.

Appendix A: What’s on the Web Site.


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