Industry analysts believe the Defense Department should ramp up its efforts in integrating biometrics technology with intelligence operations to keep pace with the rapid developments in the private sector, FCW reported Wednesday.
Sean Lyngaas writes that DoD must explore commercial technology that would address concerns on the security and accuracy of information in its biometrics database.
“[When] you think about the ubiquity that biometrics now plays in all of our lives and combine that with the way that we interact with the Internet in terms of our personas, the challenge of anonymity and the challenge of trying to detect other identities becomes much more difficult,” noted Roger Mason, senior vice president for national security and intelligence at Noblis.
Mason, an inductee into Executive Mosaic‘s Wash100 for 2015, told FCW that DoD faces the challenge of Internet anonymity in its efforts to build biometrics intelligence capabilities through the in-progress Automated Biometric Identification System.
DoD had several delays in deploying the latest ABIS system, which sought to improve the speed and accuracy of the identification-matching process, due to interoperability issues with the previous version, the report said.
ABIS 1.2 was launched in October 2014, but Lyngaas reports DoD’s operational test and evaluation office still found cybersecurity and consistency issues with the system.
Mason told FCW that DoD must work to balance speed and accuracy in processing biometrics data and integrate algorithms for iris, fingerprint and facial recognition technologies.