IBM arms Tivoli with biometric support

IBM Corp. and Daon will announce a partnership at the Computer Security Institute (CSI) security conference this week that will allow end-users to incorporate biometric physical authentication tools to extend Tivoli's identity management SSO (single-sign-on) software capabilities.

By integrating Daon's flagship DaonEngine technology with IBM Tivoli's Identity Access Manager product, customers will be able to secure and authorize system access and application usage through biometric credentials including fingerprint scanning, and voice and iris recognition, said Venkat Raghaven, security market manager for Austin, Texas-based IBM Tivoli.

Raghaven said factors such as increasing amounts of identity theft, mishandling or poor management of passwords and user names, and new authentication policies that may appear due to President Bush's Homeland Security initiative all contribute to users desiring multilevel security for enterprises.

Explaining a scenario in which the integrated technology would operate, Raghaven noted that at this time only the fingerprint-scanning mechanism has been fully tested. Iris and voice recognition testing and availability are on track for early next year.

"If a user signs on through a desktop or a browser, [Tivoli] access management portal asks a user to present [their physical] sample. So for example, a user will put their fingerprint in a scanner. The sample is stored in the Doan database, which is enforced through Tivoli," Raghaven said.

According to Raghaven, customers will be required to purchase Daon's engine to operate with Tivoli Access Manager. He said future plans by Big Blue will incorporate biometrics capabilities across its entire security portfolio.

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