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Keystroke Biometrics Passes IBG Testing Programme

Authenware : 19 April, 2010  (New Product)
The International Biometric Group has certified AuthenWare's keystroke biometric authentication system for enrolment, simplicity and precision
AuthenWare has announced that its AuthenTest product has been certified through International Biometric Group's (IBG) standards-compliant Comparative Biometric Testing. IBG evaluated the usability and accuracy of AuthenWare's breakthrough second-factor authentication solution, observing AuthenTest's ease of enrolment, simplicity of use, and excellent precision.

AuthenTest utilises a combination of biometric security algorithms, known as "keystroke dynamics," as well as a series of other behavioural and environmental heuristics to create a unique personal security pattern for each user of a system or application.

'Keystroke dynamics reinforces existing authentication methods by layering a behavioural biometric over traditional usernames and passwords,' said Samir Nanavati, a partner at IBG. 'IBG's Comparative Biometric Testing provides performance and usability data for decision-makers interested in large-scale deployments.'

IBG's Comparative Biometric Testing process entails the testing, measurement and calculation of six standard metrics. AuthenTest's results were as follows:

- Failure to Enrol Rate. No users (0%) were denied enrolment.
- Transactional Failure to Enrol Rate. No keystroke patterns (0%) were left uncaptured.
- Median Enrolment Transaction Duration. It took the test subjects less than 80 seconds to enrol in the system.
- Median Recognition Attempt Duration. After a user's first visit, it required less than 11 seconds to log into an AuthenTest-protected program.
- Transactional False Match Rate. Less than 3.3 percent of unauthorised attempts (ie, hackers) were granted access to an AuthenTest-protected account. It is important to note the hackers were given the correct usernames and passwords. In the real world, each username and password would remain secret.
- Transactional False Non-Match Rate. Less than 3.2 percent of authorised attempts to log into the AuthenTest system were denied access.

'It is a great sense of accomplishment to earn certification through International Biometric Group's testing," said Tom Helou, President and COO of AuthenWare. "Every day, our government, corporate, and personal networks face World War 2.0 - whether we as users are aware of it or not. It doesn't matter if it is our bank account information or the nation's security secrets, these records must be protected. AuthenWare is privileged to be a part of securing digitized data, and we are both honoured and grateful to receive this recognition from IBG.'
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