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DTC Seminar Series

The Biometric Dilemma


Richard E. Smith
Information Security Consultant with Oxford International

Wednesday, September 25, 2002
1:00 pm

402 Walter Library

Biometric authentication mechanisms, like fingerprints and face recognition, seem to offer major benefits over other techniques. Unfortunately, biometrics have been subject to a series of evolving attacks, and effective systems have had to take on additional layers of complexity to address those attacks. This talk will look at attacks on biometrics, including classical attacks and recent experimental results, and look at how these affect the complexity of practical biometric systems.


Dr. Rick Smith is a writer, lecturer, and consultant in information systems security. He has written two books: "Authentication: From Passwords to Public Keys" and "Internet Cryptography." He also spent twelve years as a security architect, researcher, and software engineer at Secure Computing Corporation. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), a lecturer at St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a contributing writer for Information Security magazine. He spent 12 years as a researcher, information security architect, and software developer at Secure Computing Corporation, where he was involved in DARPA cyber defense research and also provided security architecture and engineering assistance to commercial and government organizations. For several years he worked on the multi-level security problem (papers relating to it reside in the Security Archive on SCC's Web site) and worked on security products including the Embedded Firewall, the Sidewinder Internet Firewall, and the Standard Mail Guard (SMG). His first experience in computer security was as a software developer for the LOCK high-assurance trusted computing base, which evolved into the SMG and served as the architectural model for the Sidewinder. Earlier activities include protocol software development for the ARPANET, the forerunner of the modern Internet, the development of pioneering speech recognition products, and research in fault tolerant robotics for industrial and space applications. He holds a B.S. in engineering from Boston University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Minnesota. This is the first in a series of seminars on security that are planned to he held at the Digital Technology Center.