Researcher: Biometrics Unproven, Hard To Test
James Bond technologies like face recognition, fingerprint sensors, hand geometry, and other biometric security systems may be impossible to accurately evaluate, unless researchers also measure the performance of the testers and the demographics of the subjects, a key researcher said Wednesday.
"Vulnerability tests have been around for a decade, the problem is developing test protocols to test for vulnerabilities," says Dr. Jim Wayman, director of the biometric test center at San Jose State University, speaking at the 11th annual USENIX Security Symposium. "Going from technical results to what happens in a real world system, you have to go through a mathematical modeling system.
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