Biometric Technologies and Verification Systems is organized into nine parts composed of 30 chapters, including an extensive glossary of biometric terms and acronyms. It discusses the current state-of-the-art in biometric verification/authentication, identification and system design principles. It also provides a step-by-step discussion of how biometrics works; how biometric data in human beings can be collected and analyzed in a number of ways; how biometrics are currently being used as a method of personal identification in which people are recognized by their own unique corporal or behavioral characteristics; and how to create detailed menus for designing a biometric verification system. Only biometrics verification/authentication is based on the identification of an intrinsic part of a human being. Tokens, such as smart cards, magnetic stripe cards, and physical keys can be lost, stolen, or duplicated. Passwords can be forgotten, shared, or unintentionally observed by a third party. Forgotten passwords and lost "smart cards" are a nuisance for users and an expensive time-waster for system administrators. Biometric security solutions offer some unique advantages for identifying and verifying/ authenticating human beings over more traditional security methods. This book will serve to identify the various security applications biometrics can play a highly secure and specific role in.

Key Features

* Contains elements such as Sidebars, Tips, Notes and URL links * Heavily illustrated with over 150 illustrations, screen captures, and photographs * Details the various biometric technologies and how they work while providing a discussion of the economics, privacy issues and challenges of implementing biometric security solutions


CSO Security Managers, IT/computer security professionals, security consultants and IT and physical electronic security Ssystem designers. Security engineering designers, bioinformatics engineers, biometric developers, DoD and the various national research labs, various arms of DHS.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Overview Of Biometrics Technology And Verification Systems CHAPTER 1: What Is Biometrics? CHAPTER 2: Types Of Biometrics Technology And Verification Systems CHAPTER 3: Biometrics Technology And Verification Systems Standards Part 2: How Biometrics Eye Analysis Technology Works CHAPTER 4: How Iris Pattern Recognition Works CHAPTER 5: How Retina Pattern Recognition Works Part 3: How Biometrics Facial Recognition Technology Works CHAPTER 6: How Video Face Recognition Works CHAPTER 7: How Facial Thermal Imaging In The Infrared Spectrum Works Part 4: How Biometrics Finger Scanning Analysis Technology Works CHAPTER 8: How Finger Image Capture Works CHAPTER 9: How Fingerscanning Verification And Recognition Works Part 5: How Biometrics Geometry Analysis Technology Works CHAPTER 10: How Hand Geometry Image Technology Works CHAPTER 11: How Finger Geometry Technology Works Part 6: How Biometrics Verification Technology Works CHAPTER 12: How Dynamic Signature Verification Technology Works CHAPTER 13: How Voice Recognition Technology Works CHAPTER 14: How Keystroke Dynamics Technology Works CHAPTER 15: How Palm Print Pattern Recognition Technology Works CHAPTER 16: How Vein Pattern Analysis Recognition Technology Works CHAPTER 17: How Ear Shape Analysis Technology Works CHAPTER 18: How Body Odor And/Or Scent Analysis And Other Advanced Technology Works CHAPTER 19: How DNA Measurement Technology Works Part 7: How Privacy Enhanced Biometrics Based Verification/Authentication Works CHAPTER 20: How Fingerprint Verification/Authentication Technology Works CHAPTER 21: Vulnerable Points Of A Biometric Verification System


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About the author

John Vacca

John Vacca is an information technology consultant, professional writer, editor, reviewer and internationally-known, best-selling author based in Pomeroy, Ohio. Since 1982, John has authored 72 books, including: Identity Theft (Cybersafety) (Publisher: Chelsea House Pub (April 1, 2012 ); System Forensics, Investigation, And Response (Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning (September 24, 2010); Managing Information Security (Publisher: Syngress (an imprint of Elsevier Inc.) (March 29, 2010)); Network and Systems Security (Publisher: Syngress (an imprint of Elsevier Inc.) (March 29, 2010)); Computer and Information Security Handbook (Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann (an imprint of Elsevier Inc.) (June 2, 2009)); Biometric Technologies and Verification Systems (Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books (March 16, 2007)); Practical Internet Security (Hardcover): (Publisher: Springer (October 18, 2006)); Optical Networking Best Practices Handbook (Hardcover): (Publisher: Wiley-Interscience (November 28, 2006)); Computer Forensics: Computer Crime Scene Investigation (With CD-ROM), 2nd Edition (Publisher: Charles River Media (May 26, 2005) John Vacca has also written more than 600 articles in the areas of advanced storage, computer security and aerospace technology (copies of articles and books are available upon request). John was also a configuration management specialist, computer specialist, and the computer security official (CSO) for NASA's space station program (Freedom) and the International Space Station Program, from 1988 until his retirement from NASA in 1995. In addition, John is also an independent online book reviewer. Finally, John was one of the security consultants for the MGM movie titled: "AntiTrust," which was released on January 12, 2001.

Affiliations and Expertise

Renowned author of Computer and Information Security Handbook 2E ISBN: 9780123943972


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