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November 2003

Review: Implementing Biometric Security

Implementing Biometric Security by John Chirillo and Scott Blaul Wiley 414 pages, $45 User authentication is the bulwark of your infosecurity implementation, but standard eight-character passwords may not be up to the task of protecting your network from anything but the most casual attackers. There are alternatives to this aging standard, such as biometrics. Unfortunately, Implementing Biometric Security is a field guide that has gone astray. While John Chirillo and Scott Blaul include everything you need to know about biometric tools, needless pages of source code and product-specific padding poison its focus. What Implementing Biometric Security does well is provide a good overview of biometric solutions. Most chapters are devoted to specific technologies, such as fingerprint, handprint or iris scanners. The discussions adequately cover the basics of each approach, from outlining the situations for which the tools are suitable to basic theory and accuracy statistics. In fact, one of the most valuable things about this book is...

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