Federal News Radio explores U.S. Department of Defense 30-year roadmap for biometrics

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has a 30-year roadmap for biometric technology and its potential uses, and it includes ambitious plans for several different biometric modalities, according to Federal News Radio. Department of Defense deputy project manager and Chief engineer for biometrics Will Graves told Federal News Radio that DoD will test five different biometrics this year. “It’s a very interesting time, being in biometrics.” Graves says that in his former position at the Department of Homeland Security, facial

DoD to make greater use of biometrics for access control

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is expected to receive direction in January for its plan to replace the Common Access Card (CAC) with an identity management system making greater use of biometrics, Federal News Radio reports. A 2004 e-authentication memo will soon be rescinded, after which the Office of Management and Budget will release an identity management policy under the IT Modernization Strategy for public comment within 45 days, according to National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) senior

New biometric system boosts Marines data sharing capabilities

A new biometric system deployed by the Marine Corps System Command has led to a 154 percent increase in biometric collections submitted, and 11 watch list hits in its first month of use, dvidshub.net reports. The complete solution is supplied by Aware, according to David Benini, Aware’s VP of marketing and product. It includes an Aware-developed application running on a hardened mobile device from a partner supplier. The Identity Dominance System-Marine Corps (IDS-MC) captures fingerprints, iris and face images, to

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

DoD planning to pilot biometric technologies to replace access card

The Department of Defense (DoD) said it is planning multiple pilots for multi-factor authentication solutions including biometrics and other “patterns of life” technologies, over the next six-to-12 months, according to a report by Federal News Radio. The initiative comes nearly a year after former DoD chief information officer Terry Halvorsen set the goal of replacing the Common Access Card (CAC) with more agile and less costly authentication technology. Halvorsen said in November that the eventual solution might combine biometrics such

U.S. Army Special Operations Command seeking new biometric technology

The U.S. Army Special Operations Command (SOCOM) (www.soc.mil) has posted a request for information (RFT) to evaluate selected exploitation technologies from March 27 to 31 at Camp Atterbury in Indiana, according to a report by Sofrep. In a November 7 Federal Register notice, SOCOM invited industry, academia, individuals, and government labs to submit technology nominations for which SOCOM will provide input. The event is designed to improve collaboration between SOCOM and technology providers as well as to identify technologies that

Aware to deliver web-based biometric enrollment solution to DoD

Aware, Inc. is providing its WebEnroll, BioComponents, and BioSP products as part of a new system to the United States Department of Defense (DoD) to screen applicants for employment. The solution enables fingerprints to be collected using a biometric enrollment application that runs in a browser, making it easier to distribute, maintain, and secure across the DoD’s various departments and numerous facilities and bases. Named “SWFT Plus Enrollment” (SWFT+), the new system is administrated by the Defense Manpower Data Center