Biometric technology is a HOT topic. The most recent (ISC)2 Global Workforce Survey of over 7,500 security professionals from around the world have cited biometrics as the number one security project for organizations in North America, and the number two security project in the world overall.
Most companies aren’t using any form of biometrics yet, but many are looking into biometrics now. Security regulation, negative publicity about security breaches, and the desire to avoid being the next security-breach scandal are prompting many organizations to take a first serious look at biometrics.
How This Book Is Organized
This book is organized in four parts. Although the chapters don’t necessarily have to be read in order, they’re organized according to the somewhat logical progression that an organization would follow as it explores its security issues and proceeds down the road to Biometric City.
Part I: Getting Started with Biometrics
In Part I, we first introduce biometrics and give you some sweeping overviews on how biometrics help to protect organization assets. We also discuss the impact that biometrics are having on data security and privacy laws, as well as professional ethics. The chapters in this part give you a solid business background on what biometric technology is all about — and the impact it’s having on business and society.
Part II: Types of Biometrics
Part II explains all the types of biometrics that are in use today, as well as some that are still up and coming. The chapters in this part are organized by the type of biometrics: fingerprint and hand, signature, ocular and facial, and other types.
If you’ve already settled on a type of biometrics that will work in your organization, we still suggest you read all the chapters in this section. Even if your educated guess was right, learning more about the other types of biometrics will give you keen insight and will help open your mind to consider alternatives.
Part III: Implementing and Using Biometrics
Selecting biometrics is only half the fun; once you’ve made an educated and informed decision on a biometrics solution, you’ve got to make it work. We’ve poured our decades of technology-implementation and management expertise into the chapters in this part to help you avoid pitfalls we discovered long ago. Digging yourself into a hole is no fun, especially when others are looking. But rather than giving you a shovel to make the hole, or even the ladder to climb out of it, we provide a map to help you sidestep it altogether.
In this part, we also discuss how to protect your biometrics system from harm. Biometric technology itself needs to be protected, so it can perform properly and protect your company’s assets. Finally, we discuss where we think biometric technology is going in the future. This will help jump-start you on some of the conventional — and not-so-conventional — wisdom in the biometrics industry and practices.
Part IV: The Part of Tens
No For Dummies book is complete without a Part of Tens. And the Part of Tens chapters in Biometrics For Dummies are really special. You won’t find lists of Web sites here; instead, you’ll marvel, be entertained, and wind up informed. And you’ll probably go back and give the Part of Tens a second look in the other For Dummies books on your bookshelf. It’s really that good!
Part V: Appendixes
This part contains a great consumer guide comparing all the biometric technologies discussed in this book and an appendix that covers physical security for IT pros who have spent most of their careers paying attention to computers. Just before the index is a short listing of biometric and information security terms. We’ve included this glossary in the book so you can refer to it often and easily whenever some wily biometric term escapes you.
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