GAO urges DoD to address discrepancies in biometric, forensic systems regulation efforts

The Government Accountability Office (GOA) has called on the Department of Defense (DoD) to address discrepancies in their efforts to regulate its biometric and forensic systems, according to a report by Executive Gov. In a report released earlier this week, GAO stated that while DoD has implemented certain measures to meet long-term requirements for deployable biometric and forensic platforms, it continues to be plagued with strategic planning and acquisition management issues. GAO auditors discovered in its investigation that while the

DISA developing prototype to verify mobile user identity based on life patterns

The U.S. defense department is developing a prototype within the next year that aims to authenticate the identity of mobile users through their life patterns, such as how fast they walk to their office or the locations they regularly visit, according to a report by AFCEA. The pilot project is designed to authenticate military personnel who may not otherwise have the time to routinely submit fingerprints, facial recognition scans or other forms of traditional biometrics. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)

U.S. Defense Department testing behavioral biometrics

Plurilock Security Solutions, a developer of network security products and digital identification solutions, today announced that the U.S. Department of Defense will test BioTracker, the firm’s cybersecurity technology. Under a cooperative agreement, Plurilock will work with the Defense Department’s innovation unit to evaluate the firm’s continuous authentication technology for use in combat support. The company’s flagship product, BioTracker, continuously authenticates network users based on individual keystroke and mouse dynamics. Plurilock’s patented behavioral biometrics software identifies people by the way they

Defense department developing multifactor authentication system

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) High-Assurance Cyber Military Systems (HACMS) program is developing technology for the creation of safe and secure cyber-physical systems, according to a report by American Security Today. Leveraging a formal methods-based approach, the program enables semi-automated code synthesis from executable specifications and has already passed on some of its technology to both the defense and commercial communities. DARPA is currently developing a multifactor authentication system intended to replace the current common access card (CAC) which

Iris ID technology integrated in Ultra Electronics’ tactical system for military applications

Iris ID announced that its iris recognition technology has been integrated in Ultra Electronics’ tactical information system for military applications. The Combat Apps Tactical System (CATS) is designed to facilitate secure communication between headquarters and frontline troops using a lightweight, tablet-based device. The CATS tablets provide secure, encrypted communication including voice, situational awareness, high bandwidth video and chat across all available networks. Embedded with Iris ID’s R-100 camera and IrisAccelerator, CATS enables front-line operatives to capture biometric data for authenticating

Defense Department seeking better biometric ID devices for use in field

The Department of Defense’s Special Operations Command unit is seeking more effective biometric identification devices for use in the field, during mass enrollments of personnel at forward operating bases or for watchlist matching, according to a report by GCN. In a request for information posted on May 26, the department stated that the technologies should be able to rapidly collect and store a wide range of biometrics — including facial image, iris, fingerprints and voice capture — and send the

TMR report forecasts military biometrics market to reach $10.62B in 2025

Transparency Market Research (TMR) has published a new research report on the global military biometrics market, which forecasts the market will grow at a CAGR of 7.4 percent between 2017 and 2025. At this pace, the global military biometrics market’s valuation is projected to increase from US$5.65 in 2016 to reach US$10.62 billion by the end of 2025. The report emphasizes the highly competitive nature of the global military biometrics market, as several large global players occupy the vendor landscape.

Author shares military biometrics deployment lessons to address industry shortfall

While working as a U.S. Army officer in the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) biometrics organization, William Buhrow had a conversation with a frustrated member of the military in Afghanistan. The guides to use and planning considerations available for other systems used by the military did not exist for biometrics, he discovered. This realization prompted Buhrow to take on a role as an advocate for broader understanding of the non-technical aspects of large scale biometric deployments, and to write Biometrics in

Swiss research institute involved in U.S. gov’t biometric projects

Idiap Research Institute is working on two major biometric security projects for the U.S. government. Through its Swiss Center for Biometric Research and Testing, the Idiap Research Institute is engaged in the U.S. government’s Odin and MediFor projects. The goal of the Odin program is to develop biometric presentation attack detection technologies to ensure biometric security systems can detect when someone is attempting to disguise their biometric identity. Odin is a program administered by the Office of the Director of

DSI releases Identity Management Symposium full agenda

Defense Strategies Institute (DSI) has released the full agenda for its fourth Identity Management Symposium to be held this April in Alexandria, Virginia. This year’s educational symposium will provide senior leaders within OBIM, DHS, DFBA, and the Intelligence Community two days of off-the-record briefings and informal, collaborative discussions focusing on the theme of “Advancing Biometric and Identity Activity Solutions”. Confirmed speakers include: Grant Schneider, Deputy Federal CISO, Office of Management and Budget; Michael Sorrento, Director, Defense Manpower Data Center; COL