The European Union (E.U.) is on track to begin including biometric identifiers in the passports issued by its member nations. The biometric data is also expected to include, by 2008, fingerprints, though E.U. officials are debating whether the fingerprint data should be made obligatory.
News earlier this month of a burgeoning initiative from a data management firm in Portland, Ore., of all places, should provide network managers with a reason to be hopeful when it comes to the protection of their firm's prized assets.
A new fingerprint reader from Sony Electronics Inc. that can store, match and export fingerprint images is tailored to organizations trying to meet stringent IT security requirements in the areas of health care and homeland security, according to information published on Sony's Web site.