DARPA Wants a “Cognitive Fingerprint”

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is the wellspring of U.S. government technology innovation. Now the agency is looking at what they’ve called a “cognitive fingerprint.” DARPA’s main goal with the project is to bypass what’s become the “current standard method,” for authentication: memorizing long passphrases.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is the wellspring of U.S. government technology innovation. Now the agency is looking at what they’ve called a “cognitive fingerprint.” DARPA’s main goal with the project is to bypass what’s become the “current standard method,” for authentication: memorizing long passphrases. The Agency thinks that, instead, we could identify users with a cocktail of biometrics including eye scans, keystrokes and even online surfing behavior, the report claims. For now, DARPA is collecting biometric information through technology already in place throughout the Department of Defense. Future incarnations will look into technologies that can be easily deployed on a laptop to continuously authenticate users.

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