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US military researching biometric 'next generation' passwords

New next-generation biometrics system could one day replace passwords and have numerous opportunities
By: Michael Hatamoto | Hacking & Security News | Posted: Jan 29, 2015 10:26 pm

The United States military is interested in developing a next generation security platform that could potentially replace traditional passwords with a biometric identification system. West Point researchers are focused on "cognitive fingerprint" algorithms that rely on behavioral traits instead of physical characteristics for identification.




If this research is beneficial, it would be a major step forward over the use of traditional passwords and two-step authentication efforts, cybersecurity experts noted. Although behavioral-based patterns for security protocols aren't new, this could greatly help usher a new security standard into the enterprise.


The US military wants to use it for encrypted data communications, but consumers could find it rolled out for mobile banking and other similar uses.


"The biometrics program is creating a next-generation biometric capability built from multiple stylometric/behavioral modalities using standard Department of Defense computer hardware," according to researchers.


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