Biometric software

Biometric software security systems

Biometric software security systems enhance security by linking a unique physical attribute of a user to the data that they are allowed to access. The user provides their fingerprint (or other biometric) to the system, which is then authenticated against a stored template.

Biometrics add an additional factor of authentication and are therefore a significant improvement in computer security. The most common biometric security systems use fingerprints, but these systems can also use iris and retinal scans, hand geometry, and facial recognition technology.

The plusID biometric security device is a fingerprint-based, personal, mobile fob that can be used to authenticate users to access computers, networks, websites, software, VPNs, secured printers, and online applications.

The authorized user's fingerprint template and passwords are securely stored on the plusID during the device's issuance process, called enrollment. Once a user is enrolled, the device will transmit the appropriate credential only after the user performs a successful biometric authentication using the fingerprint scanner on the fob.

Additionally, the device eliminates the administrative hassle and 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.

plusID Features:
Bullet Enumerates itself to PC's as a smart card, allowing for a quick upgrade to biometric logon
Bullet Supports one-time password (OTP) delivery - a simple way to add biometrics to existing OTP infrastructure
Bullet Supports three-factor authentication
Bullet Easily integrates with third party logical access single-sign-on (SSO) software applications
Bullet Flexibility - three communication options in each device:
  • Bluetooth™ (with an added layer of encryption for heightened security)
  • 13.56MHz (ISO 14443A, 14443B, 15693 and NFC)
  • USB
Bullet Reduces password/PIN maintenance costs and eliminates problems associated with multiple passwords
Bullet Supports local and remote computer access
Bullet Easily integrates with third party logical applications
Bullet A full cryptographic services provider
Bullet Does not require the added expense and liability of a biometric database
Bullet Allows for a mixed population of non-biometric and biometric security technologies
Bullet Reclaimable and reusable - devices can be erased and re-issued
Bullet Fast and easy to use - typical authentication times of a second or less
Bullet Simple to deploy - a two minute enrollment process


Traditional software security systems prompt a user to provide a username and password to access protected software and data. Newer systems use smartcards or other security tokens to authenticate users. Both password and token-based systems are susceptible to security breaches by unauthorized users. For example, if an individual's contactless smartcard is stolen, another individual can use it without detection. Only the use of biometrics can link the authorized user to the data they are allowed to access.

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