BioNetrix delivers layered biometrics suite
- By Michelle Speir
- Jun 05, 2000
The BioNetrix Authentication Suite, made by BioNetrix Systems Corp., allows
organizations to centrally manage different types of biometric authentication
on a network.
The BioNetrix Authentication Suite is an open platform that manages
any authentication technology, including passwords, smart cards, tokens,
fingerprint recognition, face verification and voice verification. In other
words, an administrator can manage both biometric and nonbiometric authentication
from one console. This enables layered authentication, which increases security.
Additionally, the Suite supports authentication to multiple applications,
meaning you can set up a biometric authentication requirement for network
log on, Internet transactions, database access or any other application
that requires security. Administrators can enforce authentication policies
throughout the enterprise as well as on the World Wide Web.
The product supports six authentication policies, so administrators
can fine-tune security needs to the networking environment.
* An "and" policy requires the user to authenticate using all verification
methods listed in the policy. For example, a user might have to successfully
authenticate with a fingerprint and face and password.
* An "or" policy requires the user to authenticate successfully using
one of several methods listed in the policy. This could be useful when traveling,
for example. If a user fails voice authentication because of a noisy environment
such as an airport, a password could be used as a backup.
* A "random" policy requires the user to authenticate to a randomly
presented authentication method.
* A "contingent" policy requires successful authentication using one
authentication method and may require a second method, depending on how
well the user authenticated the first method.
* A "threshold" policy requires the user to achieve a pre-determined
authentication "score" (meaning, how well the collected data matches that
person's stored data). The administrator also can require that the user
achieve a minimum score on multiple authentication methods.
* A "user" policy requires multiple users to successfully authenticate
on one or more authentication methods. For example, in order to open a certain
database application, the policy might require Jane and John to log on using
their voices and faces.
The BioNetrix Authentication Suite integrates with existing security
infrastructures, and to speed migration, administrators can import users
from supported applications. In addition, users can be enrolled from either
a central or remote location. The software accommodates scaling from individual
workstations to thousands of users in any network environment. Further,
you can use the BioNetrix Authentication Suite in conjunction with a public-key
infrastructure/digital certificate environment. For example, a fingerprint
scan could trigger the digital signing process, thereby verifying the identity
of the person signing.
In addition to the BioNetrix Authentication Suite, BioNetrix offers
an Authentication Starter Kit to help companies get started with multiple
biometric authentication. The kit can be used to deploy and test biometrics
on a small scale at first and then expand later. It comes with the BioNetrix
Authentication Suite software and a license for 10 users, two fingerprint
scanners, two PC digital cameras, two microphones and software for fingerprint,
facial and voice authentication. The retail price is $2,500.
The BioNetrix Authentication Suite costs between $70 and $250 per user.
For more information about BioNetrix, call (800) 397-7561 or visit www.bionetrix.com.
You also may e-mail BioNetrix at firstname.lastname@example.org.