BioPassword Inc. Offers Biometrics Without the Bio

So you like the idea of biometrics for the guaranteed uniqueness of user IDs but don't want to impose retinal scans or fingerprinting on your company's ranks? Here's a less intrusive but equally unique personal identifier: your typing style.

Software from BioPassword Inc. records users' so-called keyboard dynamics, which then authenticate the typist upon login (see www.biopassword.com). One CIO we know deployed it so that employees could access the company's thin-client network from any browser without cumbersome security measures like tokens (or DNA samples). Now that's a solution even a card-carrying member of the ACLU could love.

Anne McCrory is editorial director of CIO Decisions and the CIO Decisions conference. Write to her at amccrory@ciodecisions.com.

This was first published in April 2006

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