Biometrics and IT Security - Prof. Dr. Norbert Pohlmann
Biometrics and IT Security
Norbert Pohlmann (Institut für Internet-Sicherheit),
New technologies such as Biometrics, are, on the one hand, very attractive
In the past, most business processes were dealt with personally, or – by mail – paperbased. Nowadays, such transactions can be carried out in a much more efficient way through a common global IT infrastructure.
For organizations and companies, it is very important to discover which new dangers the implementation of electronic business processes brings. Only when the risks are known the dangers can be properly assessed. With the help of appropriate security measures, the global information society is able to reduce its vulnerability. To be generally accepted, the security mechanisms used have to be simple and comfortable. Biometrics provides an enormous user comfort, but is faced as well with a multitude of objections. Generally, the following holds good: If security concepts and their implementation adhere strictly to the requirements and circumstances of the respective organization, the profit of electronic