Integration of Biometrics with Cr yptographic Techniques for Secure Authentication of Networked Data Access
Abanti Cyrus Makori
The modern Information Technology evolution demands the use of computer networks with strict security performance. The password-based authentication system and the token-based systems that are current deployed, are not able to meet this performance. Achieving higher levels of security requires authentication. Today’s standard security mechanism is a password that you create, remember it, and change it frequently. These passwords are not foolproof because they can be stolen, forgotten, cracked, sniffed and even tampered with. In fact it is quicker to gain access to electronically held data, copy or print it out than it is to search through or photocopy manually held files. The problems of traditional personal authentication systems may be solved by biometric systems. Biometric identification is extremely effective authentication. It is an important weapon to protect against credit card fraud and phantom withdraws. Biometrics can identify a person’s unique physical characteristics, including finger prints, facial features, voice pattern, retinal, irises DNA and keystroke. The problem with biometrics approach is that the biometric properties cannot reasonably be kept secret. Although biometric systems have advantages over traditional system, one of the unsolved issues is how we can combine cryptography with biometrics to increase overall system security The objectives of this paper are:1.