U.S. military developing cyber system with wearable and biometrics for mobile network access security

When the soldier is close to a network, the system would recognize the soldier and prompt him or her to enter a PIN or biometric as a second factor.

Army Biometric 15 Aug 2019

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC), subordinate agency of Army Futures Command (AFC), is developing a multifactor system with biometrics for identifying and authenticating soldiers in the field and authorizing access to network-based capabilities. Biometric Update.com reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

15 Aug. 2019 -- The system in development by the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) Center operated by the CCDC is based on a lightweight wireless wearable token, which can be held in a pocket or attached to a piece of clothing or a wrist band.

When the soldier is in proximity to a network, the system would recognize the soldier and prompt him or her to enter a PIN or biometric as a second factor. When the soldier walks out of range of the system, the session is closed and the soldier is logged out.

The new wearable tokens combine public key-based security, similar to that of the Common Access Card (CAC), with cutting edge advances in wireless communications and flexible hybrid electronics, according to Tactical Identity and Access Management Project Lead Ogedi Okwudishu.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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