How We Did It - Biometrics Review

FRAMINGHAM (07/17/2000) - We installed the Novell Inc. Modular Authentication Services (NMAS) software on a network consisting of a NetWare 5.1 server running on a Compaq Computer Corp. Proliant 5500R with dual 550-MHz Xeon processors and 512M bytes of memory. The server had one 9G-byte disk with a single SYS volume and second 9G-byte disk split into four volumes.

The client system was a Pentium 400-MHz class machine with 128M bytes of memory running Windows 98. We installed the NMAS client software to this machine along with the latest NetWare client from Novell. We then attached the Keytronic fingerprint scanner to the parallel port of the workstation.

To test the overall functionality of the product, we established several users and tried to log on with the wrong set of credentials to see what would happen.

We then attempted to access restricted volumes with a nonauthorized user. From an administration perspective, we looked at establishing multiple rights for 100 users to measure the amount of time required and the level of difficulty.

We also looked at the auditing and reporting of security events.

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