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DARPA authentication project focuses on humans as secrets

The U.S. agency that brought you the Internet is now angling to develop new biometric techniques for authentication that will tap computer users as human secrets.

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting proposals for biometric research with the intent of developing software-based systems that identify users based on movements or habits while they use their computers or laptops.

The project, called Active Authentication (AA), would eventually move authentication from passwords and Common Access Cards to biometrics for validating the identity of users on Department of Defense IT systems.

AA isn’t focused on extending current technology, it seeks innovative ways to identify a user by collecting behavior metrics, or what DARPA calls “cognitive fingerprints” or “human secrets.”  The fingerprint could include eye movement, keystrokes, mouse tracking or even language usage patterns.

via ZDNet, continued here.