DISA developing 'pattern of life' biometric
02 August 2017 07:12 GMT

The Defense Information Systems Agency is developing an identification method based on a person's unique movements and behaviours.

The DISA project is designed for military projects, as fighters may not have time for fingerprints, facial recognition scans or other forms of traditional biometrics, staff told the Signal magazine.

“We’re looking to prototype a specific type of technology as we go forward here, and … we’re trying to do it in a fairly rapid fashion. So in the next 12 months, I think you’re going see that technology really evolve,”  Jeremy Corey, DISA’s assured identity program manager and leader of the agency’s Cyber Development Innovation Cell, told the magazine.

Roger Greenwell, DISA’s chief of cybersecurity and authorizing official, Office of the Risk Management Executive, said the concept could go beyond "conventional" biometrics.

“It moves even beyond the concept of biometrics in many ways, when you think about how a person writes out something—how they hold a device, how they type, the speed at which an individual enters information. All of these things are essentially patterns of life that can then be used as indicators of who is actually using that device,” Greenwell said.

While not able to disclose details, the DISA officials confirmed that they are interested in tracking a variety of patterns of life with just one system. “There is work out there that has researched whether or not keyboard cadence can generate a particular and unique pattern that we could tie to a single user,” Corey states. “That is an ongoing pilot that we are in now, and it’s measuring keyboard cadence as well as mouse track movements.”