DISA planning gait biometric checks
12 January 2018 15:09 GMT

The Defense Information Systems Agency wants to use gait as well as fingerprints and iris scans to improve identity verification, reports government media

Outgoing DISA chief Lt. Gen. Alan Lynn said to capitalize on the expanding use of mobile technology in the field, the agency is working to bring authentication with as many as seven biometric measures, including gait and six others, reported Fed Scoop.

“That [your gait] is as individual as a fingerprint,” Lynn said Thursday at a luncheon with the Washington, D.C. chapter of AFCEA, during which he announced he’d be retiring from his director position and active duty Feb. 2, after a transfer of DISA command the day prior to Rear Adm. Nancy Norton.

“It’s not just one thing, it’s all of those things,” Lynn said, referring to biometric authentications for fingerprints or facial identification — which alone could prove difficult for the warfighter in the field to utilize.

Identity has been among one of the greatest challenges for IT professionals to crack as they look to ensure proper access for users in the vast government information architecture.

Lynn said the need to make the warfighter more mobile helped focus the identity issue, and DISA has been working to better leverage mobile devices in-house to make that happen.