Security

Biometrics: Where do consultants fit in?

Nearly five months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, biometrics companies have received unprecedented attention from organizations seeking to increase security. How can consultants help meet this need? Join the discussion.


Prior to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, biometrics—the field of technology designed to identify people based on unique identifiers such as hands, eyes, or facial structure—received little attention. But after the smoke cleared and the world wanted better ways to heighten security, the subject became a mainstream topic.

While biometric recognition and verification products have been commercially available since 1968, “commercial use of biometrics has become unexceptional only in the last five years,” according to Gartner. As a result, biometrics has become increasingly used for user identification and/or authentication in information systems, in both consumer and commercial applications.

The question for IT consultants is this: How will you adjust for this new wrinkle in the security equation?

Join the discussion
Join the discussion below and tell us if or how you are preparing to enter the biometrics market. Have you begun to implement some biometric solutions for your clients? Are you still in the research phase? Have you discovered an educational program that you feel will help you become a competitive player in the biometrics space?

In a few weeks, we’ll run an article featuring your comments.

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