IBM arms Tivoli with biometric support

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IBM arms Tivoli with biometric support

IBM and Daon will announce a partnership at the Computer Security Institute (CSI) security conference this week that will allow end users to incorporate biometric physical authentication tools to extend Tivoli's identity management single-sign-on software (SSO) capabilities.

By integrating Daon's flagship DaonEngine technology with IBM Tivoli's Identity Access Manager, customers will be able to secure and authorise system access and application usage through biometric credentials including fingerprint scanning, and voice and iris recognition, said Venkat Raghaven, security market manager for IBM Tivoli.

Raghaven said factors such as increasing amounts of identity theft, mishandling or poor management of passwords and user names, and government authentication policies all contribute to users wanting multilevel security for enterprises.

So far only the fingerprint-scanning mechanism has been fully tested. Iris and voice recognition testing and availability are on track for early next year.

"If a user signs on through a desktop or a browser, [Tivoli] access management portal asks a user to present [their physical] sample. So, for example, a user will put their fingerprint in a scanner. The sample is stored in the Daon database, which is enforced through Tivoli," Raghaven said.

Customers have to purchase Daon's engine to operate with Tivoli Access Manager. Raghaven said future plans by IBM will incorporate biometrics capabilities across its entire security portfolio.

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