Net Nanny demos keyboard biometric security

The company that made its name selling website filtering software for families is now making a serious bid for enterprise security. Its solution a biometric security application for the enterprise.

Net Nanny is growing up.

The company that made its name selling Web site filtering software for families is now making a serious bid for enterprise security.

Net Nanny, of Bellevue, Wash., is in final testing of an enterprise version of its BioPassword LogOn biometric security application, a solution that analyzes "keystroke dynamics" to validate a user's password as it is typed into a Windows NT workstation.

BioPassword LogOn, which is being demonstrated here this week at Comdex, enables administrators to push out installation routines to users. New users signing on type in their name and password several times, the default being 15, to establish a typing "template" that will then be compared to future password inputs.

BioPassword LogOn uses an algorithm that analyzes factors such as speed and rhythm of a user's typing style. Users can set high or low thresholds of accuracy when comparing a password against the stored template.

Officials emphasize that BioPassword LogOn is not an ironclad security solution, but merely an extra layer of protection against unauthorized use of workstations.

The product is due out Dec. 15 at a cost of US$20 to US$90 per seat, depending on volume.

Net Nanny is at www.netnanny.com.

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