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BioPassword – Software-based Biometrics

Seattle company BioPassword recently secured $11 million dollars in funding for their unique biometric solution based on a system called Keyboard Dynamics. Unlike most other Biometric solutions (fingerprint, retina scan, DNA analysis, spinal tap, etc.) which depend on external hardware, Keyboard Dynamics is implemented in software. The idea is that everyone has a unique typing signature, based on their dwell-time (key up/down) and flight time (time between keys), and that this can reliably serve as the “something you are” second-factor of authentication. This pdf is a light read, and describes the concept pretty well.

To me, the most interesting thing about this technology is its ease of adoption relative to most other two-factor authentication methods. Why? No external dependencies – no fobs, no tokens, no readers. Just software. And because it’s biometric, it’s automatically cooler than the email-based OTP mechanism we’re using on SSL-VPN.

The fact that Citrix is one of their investors pretty well guarantees that we’ll see this technology splashed across the entire portfolio of future Citrix products. Between this, and the sheer interestingness of it, I’ve asked Jan Sijp (SSL-VPN PM) to say “hello” to some of the other folks in this space.

Joe

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Comments

Comment from adaswani
Time: 2007-01-10, 17:25

Joe,
I’m wondering if mentioning ex-employee names might be something to avoid – after all anyone reading this might think they might be the subject of discussion on our internal blog after they leave – this might dissuade them from participating. Just a thought.

Anil

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