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This article is part of the June 2006 issue of Information Security magazine
Keep on top of the terms you should know about to keep your company safe and secure. We'll post one new term per week from our sister site WhatIs.com. If you have a security term you'd like to see defined, please e-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org Biometrics Biometrics is the science and technology of measuring and statistically analyzing biological data. In information technology, biometrics usually refers to technologies for measuring and analyzing human body characteristics such as fingerprints, eye retinas and irises, voice patterns, facial patterns, and hand measurements, especially for authenticating someone. Often seen in science-fiction action adventure movies, face pattern matchers and body scanners seem about to emerge as replacements for computer passwords. Fingerprint and other biometric devices consist of a reader or scanning device, software that converts the scanned information into digital form, and, wherever the data is to be analyzed, a database that stores the biometric data for comparison with entered ...