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REVIEW: "Biometrics", Samir Nanavati/Michael Thieme/Raj Nanavati

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    BKBIOMTR.RVW 20031018 Biometrics , Samir Nanavati/Michael Thieme/Raj Nanavati, 2002, 0-471-09945-7, U$34.99/C$54.50 %A Samir Nanavati %A Michael Thieme
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      "Biometrics", Samir Nanavati/Michael Thieme/Raj Nanavati, 2002,
      0-471-09945-7, U$34.99/C$54.50
      %A Samir Nanavati
      %A Michael Thieme
      %A Raj Nanavati
      %C 5353 Dundas Street West, 4th Floor, Etobicoke, ON M9B 6H8
      %D 2002
      %G 0-471-09945-7
      %I John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
      %O U$34.99/C$54.50 416-236-4433 fax: 416-236-4448
      %O http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0471099457/robsladesinterne
      %O http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/0471099457/robsladesin03-20
      %P 300 p.
      %T "Biometrics"

      Part one deals with the fundamentals of biometrics. Chapter one
      presents a brief rationale for the use of the technology. Biometric
      concepts are given in chapter two, but only the most basic. In
      chapter three's look at accuracy there are standard metrics as well as
      a few unusual ones (and some non-standard jargon).

      Part two reviews the various biometric technologies. Chapters four
      through nine cover fingerprint scanning, face recognition (although it
      fails to cover the selection of skin areas, or the characteristics of
      eigenfaces), iris scanning, voiceprint, other physical factors (hand
      geometry, retina scanning, and an odd inclusion of the automated
      fingerprint identification system), and behavioral characteristics
      (signature and keystroke).

      Part three outlines biometric applications and markets. Chapter ten
      tries to categorize biometric uses and ends up being scattered and
      confusing. "Citizen-Facing Applications," in chapter eleven, turns
      out to involve law enforcement and government surveillance. Likewise,
      in chapters twelve and thirteen, "Employee-Facing Applications" refers
      to employee monitoring and "Customer-Facing Applications" drifts
      around some issues related to identity verification for commerce.
      Chapter fourteen presents law enforcement, government, the financial
      industry, healthcare, and travel as being vertical markets for

      Part four touches on privacy and standards, with privacy risks in
      chapter fifteen, designing biometrics for privacy in sixteen, and some
      proposed standards in seventeen.

      This text provides broad but superficial coverage of the topic. The
      non-standard terminology (verification instead of authentication, and
      false match rate rather than false acceptance rate) may be confusing,
      but the totally meaningless phrases (citizen-, employee-, and
      customer-facing applications) are probably even more so. While other
      book-length treatments of the subject are rare, it is difficult to see
      that this work adds much value to the discussion, especially compared
      with superior articles (such as "Biometric Identification" by Donald
      R. Richards, printed in the "Information Security Management Handbook"
      [cf. BKINSCMH.RVW]) which do.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2003 BKBIOMTR.RVW 20031018

      rslade@... slade@... rslade@...
      Computer Security Day, November 30 http://www.computersecurityday.com/
      victoria.tc.ca/techrev/mnbksc.htm sun.soci.niu.edu/~rslade/secgloss.htm
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