Siemens launches biometric security solution

Siemens Business Services, in conjunction with Australian company Iris Australia, has developed an online securitysystem which uses iris recognition technology to establish a person's identity.

The system, which is available now, is aimed at government, companies that deal with government agencies and financialinstitutions.

While iris authentication is used worldwide for physical security access (for example, to a building, lab or storagearea), the company said this is the first time it has been used for access to IT systems.

The system is part of the company's new e-business security options and complements its secure hosting, remote access,network and digital certificate offerings.

Greg McAnulty, e-business services regional director at Siemens, said: "Until now the practical limitations ofsecurity worked to reduce the advantages of moving transactions online. Smartcards get misplaced or shared; passwordsand PINs are easily forgotten or stored in an unsecure manner, all of which adds an administrative burden andultimately undermines the security of the system."

The solution provides single sign-on with additional layers of security that are invisible to users. It also providessecure network access including remote access within Australia or overseas, streamlined digital certificate (PKI andABN-DSC) management and compatible biometric authentication. Antivirus, intrusion detection and penetration testing,and automation and centralisation of security management, auditing and reporting are also included.

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