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Unique Keystrokes Give Authentication A Security Boost

Security startup offers two-factor authentication systems that analyzes typing patterns
Security startup BioPassword unveiled a two-factor authentication system that, among other things, analyzes a person's typing pattern to boost security.

BioPassword Enterprise Edition, which works with Windows Active Directory and Citrix environments, features a neural networking engine to consider typing-pattern data in the authentication process, says BioPassword CTO Greg Wood, a former Microsoft chief security officer.

Adaptive learning technology enables the software to build a biometric template that fine-tunes its accuracy over time. The company added Active Directory support in BioPassword Enterprise by bringing on developers who worked on authentication in Windows 2003. Support for Citrix--which also became an investor in the company--will help BioPassword boost its profile in the two-factor authentication market, says Bill Tomlinson, national security practice director at systems integrator DynTek. DynTek recently closed a deal with a school district to deploy BioPassword technology. "We see opportunities to use [BioPassword's] technology across the board," he says, "to deal with security needs in areas where they don't have the money" for token-based hardware systems.