Biometrics, the study of methods for uniquely recognizing humans based upon one or more intrinsic physical or behavioral traits, is a critical tool used in law enforcement, computer security and homeland defense. As criminals, terrorists and hackers become more capable and skillful, the need for sophisticated means of identifying these individuals becomes vital to the survival and well being of our society. Consequently, there is an increased emphasis on technological analysis of voice, gait, eye patterns, facial structure, fingerprints and other means of physical identification as a way to deter and capture those who would do us harm.
This issue of the DTIC® Review examines the latest innovations in utilizing biometrics as a security tool. Topics include the technologies, techniques, employment strategies, policy issues and social implications of biometric identification.
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