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Melissa Gonnord

Shin-Ping Tucker

What is Biometric Authentication and how does it

relate to information security?

First, we need to define what information security is, according to my sources, information security is 

the state of being protected against the unauthorized use of information, especially electronic data, or the measures taken to achieve this.

Now, what is biometric authentication you ask me? Well, Biometric authentication is a security process that relies on the unique biological characteristics of an individual to verify that he is who is says he is. Biometric authentication systems compare a biometric data capture to stored, confirmed authentic data in a database. If both samples of the biometric data match, authentication is confirmed. Typically, biometric authentication is used to manage access to physical and digital resources such as buildings, rooms and computing devices

Woodrow Hartzog, an Associate Professor of Law at Samford University

Some Wise words

“Biometrics are tricky, they can be great because they are really secure. It’s hard to fake someone’s ear, eye, gait, or other things that make an individual uniquely identifiable. But if a biometric is compromised, you’re done. You can’t get another ear.”

Learn All About the Different types of Biometric Authentication

Retina Scans
Iris Recognition
Finger Vein ID
Facial Recognition
Voice Recognition

Of course there are more ways than those, but they are the ones most commonly used today.

Video in the link Below!


An overview of Biometric Authentication

Once seen mostly in spy movies (where it might be used to protect access to a top-secret military lab, for example), biometric authentication is becoming relatively commonplace. In addition to the security provided by hard-to-fake individual biological traits, the acceptance of biometric verification has also been driven by convenience: One can’t easily forget or lose ones biometrics.  The oldest known use of biometric verification is fingerprinting. Thumbprints made on clay seals were used as a means of unique identification as far back as ancient China. Modern biometric verification has become almost instantaneous, and is increasingly accurate with the advent of computerized databases and the digitization of analog data.

Biometric Authentication

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