The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is looking for proposals for research projects that could yield new biometric systems that authenticate users based on their own unique movements or behaviors such as the way they type or move a mouse, according to a ZDNet article.
The intent of the new project, which DARPA is calling Active Authentication (AA), is to find a new user-friendly system that can replace the password and Common Access Card-based authentication methods the Department of Defense IT systems currently require for authenticating users.
Other modes DARPA officials are expecting as possible solutions, beyond keystroke and mouse movements, include eye movement and language patterns, all of which they hope to have operating so that a user is being continuously and unobtrusively authenticated.
In addition to looking for new innovative technologies, DARPA has set rules for researchers, such as the system cannot require new hardware for scanning or biometric data collection utilizing only the keyboard, mouse, various inherent software, network cards and printer connections.
DARPA hopes to have a pilot system in testing by the end of 2015.
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