Australian Information Security Management Conference

Cyber crime and biometric authentication – the problem of

Michael G. Crowley, Edith Cowan University

Originally published in the Proceedings of 4th Australian Information Security Management Conference, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia, 5th December, 2006


Cyber crime is now a well recognised international problem that is a major issue for anyone who runs, manages, owns, uses or accesses computer systems linked to the worldwide web. Computer systems are business assets. Personal biometric information is also an asset. Studies have shown that privacy concerns represent a key hurdle to the successful introduction of biometric authentication. In addition, terrorist activity and the resultant legislation have added an additional risk factor businesses need to take into account if they propose using biometric authentication technology. This paper explores the use of biometric authentication to protect business and individual assets. The focus is on protecting the privacy of those who legally access computer network systems. The paper argues that an appropriate balance needs to be established between adequate security and individual privacy.