IT Security & Biometrics


Contributors : Marwa Fouad & Dr. Abdulmotaleb El Saddik

Personal identity refers to a set of attributes (e.g., name, social insurance number, etc.) that are associated with a person. Identity management is the process of creating, maintaining and destroying identities of individuals in a population. Biometrics based authentication systems offer a reliable solution for identity management, because of their uniqueness, relative stability over time and security (among other reasons). Public acceptance of biometric systems will depend on their ability to ensure robustness, accuracy and security. And although robustness and accuracy of such systems are rapidly improving, there still remains the huge issue of security and balancing it with privacy. In this research we investigate the vulnerabilities of biometric systems especially template security of iris-based biometric authentication systems. Our goal is a template protection scheme with provable security and acceptable recognition performance that serves both securing the templates as well as preventing their unauthorized cross-referencing with other databases. "Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both" (Ben Franklin)


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