• June 04, 2007 04 Jun'07

    certificate authority (CA)

    A certificate authority (CA) is a trusted entity that issues electronic documents that verify a digital entity’s identity on the Internet.  Continue Reading

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    A cracker is someone who breaks into someone else's computer system, often on a network; bypasses passwords or licenses in computer programs; or in other ways intentionally breaches computer security.  Continue Reading

  • June 04, 2007 04 Jun'07

    Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS)

    The Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) is a biometric identification (ID) methodology that uses digital imaging technology to obtain, store, and analyze fingerprint data.  Continue Reading

  • June 04, 2007 04 Jun'07


    In the biometric process of fingerscanning, a bifurcation is a point in a finger image at which two ridges meet.  Continue Reading

  • June 04, 2007 04 Jun'07

    BioAPI Consortium

    The BioAPI Consortium is a group of over 90 organizations whose goal is to encourage and promote the growth of biometric technology by developing an industry-wide application programming interface (API.) The consortium's API defines how a software ...  Continue Reading

  • June 04, 2007 04 Jun'07

    AAA server (authentication, authorization, and accounting)

    An AAA server is a server program that handles user requests for access to computer resources and, for an enterprise, provides authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA) services.  Continue Reading

  • June 04, 2007 04 Jun'07

    Do we need a federal breach notification law?

    There's been a lot of talk lately in security circles about the possibility of Congress passing a federal breach-notification bill, similar to the landmark California measure. Advocates of this ...  Continue Reading

  • June 04, 2007 04 Jun'07

    When cyberthieves go postal

    Like the rest of the world, the U.S. Postal Service has come to rely more than ever on the Internet to conduct business. As a result, the organization must worry about online outlaws who use its ...  Continue Reading

  • June 04, 2007 04 Jun'07

    Gartner confab looks to Security 3.0

    Today is the first full day of Gartner's annual IT Security Summit in Washington D.C., and the first order of business is the morning slate of keynotes. First up was Gartner analyst John Pescatore. ...  Continue Reading

  • June 04, 2007 04 Jun'07

    SIMs maturing and suitable for mid-market

    Security information management systems (SIMs) tools have expanded with more capabilities such as active threat response. The broadening of the technology will provide security managers with a sharper view of their overall security posture.  Continue Reading