Risk
4/15/2008
03:10 PM
Connect Directly
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

L.A. Port To Use Unisys' Biometric Access Control

Unisys has integrated several other large-scale identity programs, including Australia's passport system with biometric passports.

The Port Authority of Los Angeles will use a biometric system for access control.

Unisys Corporation on Tuesday said it will design and manage the system, which includes smart cards and biometrics to control employee access to restricted areas in the Port of Los Angeles. The three-year contract falls under the federal Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWIC) program, overseen by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the U.S. Coast Guard.

The program, established through the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002, aims to secure maritime transportation and manage security threats in U.S. ports.

In addition to planning, designing, and developing the system, Unisys will field test and provide terminal operators with support for integrating the TWIC-enabled access control systems with tamper-resistant smart cards. The cards will contain fingerprint templates and digital photographs.

Workers enrolled in the program will present cards at all pedestrian and vehicular entry points and readers will determine whether the cardholder should be granted access. An alert will notify security officers of attempts at unauthorized access.

"Unisys is proud to provide security advisory and integration services to its customers in the maritime and aviation transportation industries, delivering proven security solutions worldwide. The benefit to our customers -- and to the constituents they serve -- is their ability to mitigate and manage risk," Tom Conaway, managing partner in charge of homeland security for Unisys, said in a prepared statement.

Unisys has integrated several other large-scale identity programs, including Australia's passport system with biometric passports; Malaysia's nationwide smart card program called MyKad; a field trial for about 20,000 people applying for temporary visas through Canada's citizenship and immigration offices; and for the Port of Halifax' biometric credentialing and access control database system for about 4,000 workers.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
Partner Perspectives
What's This?
In a digital world inundated with advanced security threats, Intel Security seeks to transform how we live and work to keep our information secure. Through hardware and software development, Intel Security delivers robust solutions that integrate security into every layer of every digital device. In combining the security expertise of McAfee with the innovation, performance, and trust of Intel, this vision becomes a reality.

As we rely on technology to enhance our everyday and business life, we must too consider the security of the intellectual property and confidential data that is housed on these devices. As we increase the number of devices we use, we increase the number of gateways and opportunity for security threats. Intel Security takes the “security connected” approach to ensure that every device is secure, and that all security solutions are seamlessly integrated.
Featured Writers
White Papers
Cartoon
Current Issue
Dark Reading's October Tech Digest
Fast data analysis can stymie attacks and strengthen enterprise security. Does your team have the data smarts?
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2014-4448
Published: 2014-10-22
House Arrest in Apple iOS before 8.1 relies on the hardware UID for its encryption key, which makes it easier for physically proximate attackers to obtain sensitive information from a Documents directory by obtaining this UID.

CVE-2014-4449
Published: 2014-10-22
iCloud Data Access in Apple iOS before 8.1 does not verify X.509 certificates from TLS servers, which allows man-in-the-middle attackers to spoof servers and obtain sensitive information via a crafted certificate.

CVE-2014-4450
Published: 2014-10-22
The QuickType feature in the Keyboards subsystem in Apple iOS before 8.1 collects typing-prediction data from fields with an off autocomplete attribute, which makes it easier for attackers to discover credentials by reading credential values within unintended DOM input elements.

CVE-2012-5242
Published: 2014-10-21
Directory traversal vulnerability in functions/suggest.php in Banana Dance B.2.6 and earlier allows remote attackers to include and execute arbitrary local files via a .. (dot dot) in the name parameter in a get_template action.

CVE-2012-5243
Published: 2014-10-21
functions/suggest.php in Banana Dance B.2.6 and earlier allows remote attackers to read arbitrary database information via a crafted request.

Best of the Web
Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
Follow Dark Reading editors into the field as they talk with noted experts from the security world.