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Biometrics System for Granting Access and Preventing IP Losses

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000199553D
Publication Date: 2010-Sep-09
Document File: 2 page(s) / 30K

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Abstract

This article points out the need of a solution that addresses two primary issues. One involves ineffective computer access control methods and the other deals with the costly fees to recover confidential data and intellectual property when a laptop is lost or stolen. It discusses the development of a new system which will solve these two issues. It also demonstrates how the proposed system will work and how it will benefit businesses.

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Biometrics System for Granting Access and Preventing IP Losses

     In order to abide to corporate security guidelines employees are required to change passwords frequently. To gain access to a laptop, for instance, computer users have to enter at least two passwords; a hard-drive password to bypass the system bios and another one to access the operating system which allows user to log onto the laptop. Besides the inconvenience of changing these passwords regularly such security mechanism is limited when it comes to stolen or lost laptops. Loss of confidential data and intellectual property lead to astronomical costs yearly. According to an independently study conducted in April 2009 by Ponemon Institute, the average value of a lost laptop for a business is $49,246 dollars (Michelle Maisto, 2009). Same institute reported that in 2009 on average 10,000 laptops were lost or stolen at airports on weekly basis. This highlights the need for a system that both refrains intruders from gaining access to unauthorized laptop as well as preventing it from being stolen or hacked into it.

     With the advancement in biometrics technology and emerging techniques - such as skin texture analysis - a person's hand can be scanned and transformed into a mathematical pattern. Following this same approach, fingertips can be read and the ridge of the prints can be converted it into a unique geometrical shape. Finger reading, however, can offer greater benefits over DNA finger printing as an identification method in the business environment. Companies may consider DNA method with caution as employees still view DNA finger printing as an invasive procedure. Many are skeptical and even uncomfortable with DNA procedures which can lead to potential law suits. DNA fingerprinting requires biological specimens such as blood, saliva, semen, and others as basis of forensic science for identification purpose. So, employees may feel uncomfortable providing such samples. DNA finger printing can also be exploited and used to identify a person's health condition. It can diagnose inherited biological disorders, which could increase employees concerns. While a business could gain undue access to personal information about its employees, setting up password on regular basis may be very ineffective, too, when it comes to protecting an asset. Nowadays, anyone can easily break it into a laptop by using simple freeware programs that can be downloaded from the Internet. Such programs can bypass power-on as well as login passwords thus enabling unauthorized individuals to hack into anyone's computer.

     The proposed approach employs the use of biometric technology - specifically through skin reading technique - to replace the need of passwords protections on laptops. The new solution will also offer a security suite which allows skin reading through a mini scanner and four image sensors as built-in hardware. T...