[ISN] New face for Net security? (biometrics)

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Date: Wed Aug 05 1998 - 01:05:24 PDT

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    New face for Net security?
    By Tim Clark
    Staff Writer, CNET NEWS.COM
    August 3, 1998, 12:10 p.m. PT
    Remembering computer passwords may become a thing of the past. 
    Miros today began shipping TrueFace Web, a face recognition technology
    that takes a video of a PC user's face to give secure Internet access. The
    product is targeted to intranets and extranets that want to limit access
    to sensitive information by unauthorized people. 
    TrueFace Web is the latest in a line of similar products from the company
    and its first Web-based version. A free demo of the product is available
    on Miros' Web site. The company's products are based on its patented
    "Within the early adopter marketplace, there is quite a bit of interest in
    various biometric technologies,"  said Ted Julian, a security analyst at
    Forrester Research. 
    "But for the rest of the market, they are several steps away from
    seriously looking at biometric technologies. They've got more pressing
    problems to solve," Julian added, predicting it would be at least five
    years before biometrics are widely adopted. 
    Biometrics use some characteristics of a person's body in lieu of a
    password; other biometric products include fingerprint readers, retinal
    scanners, and voice recognition software. 
    Biometric vendors tout cost savings from reduced use of help desk
    departments, which Julian said get 70 percent to 80 percent of their calls
    about passwords. "Reduced sign-on calls can have real tangible bottom line
    impact," he said, noting that smart cards and hardware security tokens
    have the same benefits. 
    "What's likely to determine which kind of biometrics wins will be the
    cost. With face recognition, it's how quickly do companies adopt the PC
    cameras, perhaps in other than security applications," Julian said. 
    Miros' products work with any video for Windows product, which range in
    price from $70 to $400.  TrueFace Web software is priced from $199 per
    user for 25 users. 
    Miros also markets TrueFace PC for desktop access, TrueFace Network for
    server access, and TrueFace Access, a complete hardware and software
    security solution for access to buildings and rooms. Miros biometric
    technology has been certified by the International Computer Security
    Association, a private certification firm. 
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