DISA envisions biometric access future
14 June 2017 16:43 GMT

Senior Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) officials have said a combination of biometrics and behaviors associated with an individual’s mobile device will be used to determine the level of access he or she has on DOD networks.

Speaking at the Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium in Baltimore, Lt. Gen. Alan R. Lynn, DISA director and Joint Force Headquarters, DOD Information Networks commander Army said biometrics will be critical for the workplace, reported American Security Today.

He provided the example of an individual using a cell phone to gain access to the facility he or she works in and accessing a virtualized network through a combination of biometrics (e.g., facial recognition, voice recognition, gait, retina/iris scanning) and behavioral authentication (e.g. device handling, keystroke cadences, speech patterns).

“Together, these will create an ‘identity score,’” said the general. “Your identity score will determine how much access you have to the network.”

Lynn’s keynote remarks also addressed DISA’s vision for data transmission and networking.

He said the agency is researching and testing Light Fidelity, or Li-Fi, technology – the wireless transmission of data through common household LED, or light-emitting diode, lightbulbs.

“We’re always looking for ways to maximize the use of radio frequency spectrum,” said Lynn.

“The light spectrum might be able to offset some of that work.”