The US Army and the Department of Defense’s Defense Innovation Unit Expermental (DIUx) will trial behavioral biometrics technology from Plurilock Security, the BC-based company has announced.
The organizations will test out Plurilock’s BioTracker, a software platform designed to identify users based on patterns in how they use laptops and computers, assessing metrics related to keystrokes, mouse movements, and so on. The solution is meant to offer continuous, passive user authentication, and thus could offer benefits in efficiency and security.
News of the arrangement comes soon after a Signal report outlined a DoD initiative to explore technologies that could authenticate individuals based on ‘patterns of life‘ metrics such as how individuals use computer devices and other information like gait biometrics. But while that effort is focused more on providing such technology to soldiers in the field, Plurilock’s technology will be tested by the US Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM), an agency concerned with digital operations for the US Army.
If the trials prove successful, BioTracker’s use could ultimately replace the Common Access Card (CAC), the smart card system that currently acts as the standard means of access control for the army.
August 17, 2017 – by Alex Perala