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Biometric Authentication - Security and Usability

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This paper summarises our opinions and findings after several years of studying biometric authentication systems and their security. Our research on security and reliability issues related to biometric authentication started in 1999 at Ubilab, the Zurich research lab of bank UBS, and has been continuing at the Masaryk University Brno since mid-2000. This paper summarises our personal views and opinions on pros and cons of biometric authentication in computer systems and networks.

Biometric Authentication Systems

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This paper presents our conclusions from a year-long study of biometric authentication techniques and actual deployment potential, together with an independent testing of various biometric authentication products and technologies. We believe that our experience can help the reader in considering whether and what kind of biometric authentication should or should not be used in a given system. Biometric technology has not been studied solely to authenticate humans. A biometric system for race horses is being investigated in Japan and a company that imports pedigree dogs into South Africa uses a biometric technique to verify the dogs being imported.

HIPAA Security Series - Security Standards: Physical Safeguards

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The security series of papers will provide guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the rule titled "Security Standards for the Protection of Electronic Protected Health Information," found at 45 CFR Part 160 and Part 164, Subparts A and C. This rule, commonly known as the Security Rule, was adopted to implement provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The series will contain seven papers, each focused on a specific topic related to the Security Rule. The papers, which cover the topics listed to the left, are designed to give HIPAA covered entities insight into the Security Rule, and assistance with implementation of the security standards. This series aims to explain specific requirements, the thought process behind those requirements, and possible ways to address the provisions.

MIT Guide to Lock Picking

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The big secret of lock picking is that it's easy. Anyone can learn how to pick locks. The theory of lock picking is the theory of exploiting mechanical defects. There are few basic concepts and definitions but the bulk of the material consists of tricks for opening locks with particular defects or characteristics. The organization of this manual reflects this structure.

Physical Hardening "Armoring" for Security

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Physical threats come in all shapes and sizes. But, they all will fall into three broad range categories with a compendium of elemental terms that are utilized to describe the specific ways of how the "attack" will occur. These three categories are: Forced Entry Threats, Ballistic Threats, and Explosive Blast Threats.

Physical Security

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By increasing the physical security of your home, you increase the amount of force necessary to break in. The more force needed, the more time intrusion would take, and the more noise it would generate. The more time and noise involved, the more likely a burglar would be to choose a different target.

Physical Security and Operations

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While the suggestions offered in this chapter can be quite detailed, it is important to recognize that no manual can anticipate the unique circumstances at any institution. Therefore, use the suggestions given below as starting points for discussions with a security professional who will be able to assess your institution’s particular set of circumstances and make specific recommendations.

Physical Security in Mission Critical Facilities

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Physical security — controlling personnel access to facilities — is critical to achieving data center availability goals. As new technologies such as biometric identification and remote management of security data become more widely available, traditional card-and-guard security is being supplanted by security systems that can provide positive identification and tracking of human activity in and around the data center. Before investing in equipment, IT managers must carefully evaluate their specific security needs and determine the most appropriate and cost-effective security measures for their facility. This paper presents an overview of the principles of personnel identification and describes the basic elements and procedures used in security systems.

Steel Bolt Hacking - The Computerman’s Guide to Lock Picking

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Steel Bolt Hacking, or Lock Picking as it's most commonly known, is fast becoming a competitive sport among computer people. And it's far more than just picking locks. The 'sport' includes cracking combinations, push button door locks, electric key cards, and just about anything that has a lock to it. Lock picking sports groups are beginning to spring up in the U.S., the fastest growing groups are within the computer industry. Most computer people are fascinated with unlocking codes, bypassing security protocols and finding program vulnerabilities that can be exploited. Picking locks and cracking combinations are no different.