Biometric security for protecting IT assets
Biometric computer security systems tie a unique physical attribute of a user to the IT resources and data that they are allowed to access.
Traditional computer security (also known as logical security) systems prompt a user to provide a username and password to gain access to a protected resource, while newer systems use smart cards or other security tokens to authenticate computer users.
Both password and token-based systems are susceptible to security breaches by unauthorized users; for example, most passwords are recorded on or near the computer that they're intended to secure, and if an individual's contactless smart card is stolen, anyone can use it.
By contrast, a biometric computer security system requires the user to provide a fingerprint (or other biometric) to the system, which is then verified against a stored biometric template. Because fingerprints offer an additional factor of authentication, i.e., something you are, in addition to something that you know (password), or have (token), biometric security systems offer significant improvements over traditional computer security.
The plusID security device from Privaris is a fingerprint-based, personal, mobile fob that can be used to authenticate users to computers, networks, websites, software, VPNs, encrypted files, and online applications.
The authorized user's fingerprint template and access credentials, such as a password, are securely stored on the plusID device during the issuance process, called enrollment. Once enrolled, the device will release the user's password only after a successful biometric verification. Both the fingerprint and the access credentials are securely stored in the tamper resistant device, so they cannot be obtained by unauthorized users.
Biometric computer security using plusID reduces the administrative hassle and the expense of IT password management. Studies have shown that 40-60% of IT help desk calls pertain to password maintenance, and on average, $250 per employee per year can be saved by eliminating these calls.
In addition, the plusID biometric fob supports the industry's 125 kHz communications protocol for securing buildings and facilities in place of prox cards or contactless smart cards. One device supports both physical and IT security across an organization, providing a fully converged security solution.