U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) researchers are developing security technologies that go beyond recognizing complex passwords.
DARPA's Active Authentication program aims to develop "novel ways of validating the identity of the person at the console that focus on the unique aspects of the individual through the use of software-based biometrics."
Active Authentication focuses on the computational behavioral traits that can be observed through how people interact with the world. Such systems might look at the unique words a user types or examine the length of sentences and use of punctuation to determine user authenticity, says DARPA's Richard Guidorizzi.
Other examples of the computational behavior metrics of the cognitive fingerprint include keystrokes, eye scans, how the user searches for information, how the user selects information, how the user reads the material selected, eye tracking on the page, the speed with which the individual reads the content, and the methods and structure of communication.
DARPA says the authentication platform will be developed with open application programming interfaces to allow for the integration of future software or hardware biometric innovations.
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