Heightening security verification with self-service kiosks Continued from page 8 recognition (FR) comparison. Many of the security functions enabled by the technology can take place seamlessly without the user’s explicit step-by-step direction because they occur in the background. Once an individual’s background and identity are vetted through the appropriate authoritative agencies, it won’t have to be done repeatedly. All of the work is done up front and subsequent screenings are virtually instantaneous. Gaining entry to a secure area – for example, a particular work area in a mission critical facility or location – can be done at an unattended gate, simply by requiring a quick fingerprint, iris scan, or FR comparison. The potential for unauthorized access, fraud and human error is reduced. Re-entering the US after a trip abroad can also be made faster and easier with self-service kiosks. Instead of manually completing a US customs form and handing it, with a passport, to a customs agent for checking, questions can be answered on an electronic screen and the passport can be authenticated at the same time. The machine does more than visual inspection of an ID credential – it can also scan for invisible security features. The time and labor savings can be invaluable. This technology is already being used at international points of entry. A common credential for government facilities and agencies could also be accommodated. This would allow authentication between agencies with a high degree of confidence. The migration to self-service kiosks will require planning. Traffic volume must be carefully considered when deciding how many machines to install and in what locations. They must be easy to find, and it’s important to install enough of them to prevent long lines. Bottlenecks would defeat their purpose of convenience, and discourage use. The interface and workflow are critical points for user adoption. The kiosk should be inviting and easy to use and understand. It’s possible for the interface to adjust workflow in accordance with the user’s demographic (age, for example). The user won’t realize it, but the speed of the question/answer workflow will be adjusted to meet the user’s anticipated needs. Anti-fraud measures can be built in as well. Biometrics can be proofed with background adjudication. The interactive technology will detect inconsistencies and adjust the workflow to allow correction or to automatically abort an attempt. Conclusion The use of self-service kiosks for identity authentication will become 40 Hikvision and L.A. contemporary dance company illustrate the Art of Video Surveillance Continued from page 38 product suite also includes digital video servers, hybrid and standalone DVRs, NVRs, and other elements of sophisticated security systems for both indoor and outdoor use. About L.A. Contemporary Dance Company L.A. Contemporary Dance Company is the resident contemporary dance company of Los Angeles producing innovative dance experiences for over 10 years with performances in L.A. and touring productions worldwide. Learn more at www.lacontemporarydance.org commonplace in areas, like airports and government facilities, where a high degree of security is required. These new technologies will enable faster and more accurate checking of credentials, saving time and money and providing a new level of convenience to the users. Gerald Hubbard is a Business Development Manager with over 28 years of experience in high assurance identity credentials, access management, and payment applications.
Making microgrids work: send in the Marines? Continued from page 16 to ‘market maker’ by fully embracing this opportunity to help usher in a new era of modern, efficient and resilient microgrids that can serve as a feasible supplement to the nation’s aging power grid. J. Michael Barrett is Director of the Center for Homeland Security & Resilience and a former Director of Strategy for the White House Homeland Security Council. This article is drawn from the author’s recent White Paper, “Challenges and Requirements for Tomorrows Electrical Power Grid”, published by the Lexington Institute and available at http://lexingtoninstitute.org/wp-con- tent/uploads/2016/06/Tomorrows- Electrical-Power-Grid.pdf. Bipartisan bill supports Defense Cyber Scholarships Continued from page 18 “A skilled workforce is the backbone of any and every field – and in cyberspace, we face different threats from our adversaries each and every day,” said Allen. “At Fort Gordon, in my district, our soldiers are on the frontline of fighting these attacks – and in the changing electronic world we live, we must have the best and the brightest standing ready to support the needs of our military. I have always said we must encourage students to find their passions early on and allow those interests to be carried on throughout their educational careers – the cyber industry is yet another example. Augusta University is leading educational innovation in my district to prepare the next generation of cyber warriors. Investing in future generations makes it possible to field the cyber threats of today, tomorrow and years to come.” “I applaud this very important bicameral and bipartisan legislation, which will help bolster the Department of Defense’s waning cybersecurity workforce. Competition from the tech world has made recruiting and retaining top public sector cybersecurity professionals a challenge. I am proud to support the DOD Cybersecurity scholarship program at universities across the 41 Aerojet Rocketdyne supports ULA launch of Wideband Global SATCOM spacecraft Continued from page 17 allied forces deployed worldwide. They help support the exchange of information, execution of tactical command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. Aerojet Rocketdyne is an innovative company delivering solutions that create value for its customers in the aerospace and defense markets. The company is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader that provides propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas, in support of domestic and international markets. Additional information about Aerojet Rocketdyne can be obtained by visiting our websites at www.Rocket. com and www.AerojetRocketdyne. com. country, as they engage and educate students from various backgrounds and at different levels of education. Georgia universities are leading the effort to ensure a vibrant and highly-skilled government and publicsector cybersecurity workforce, and the DOD Cyber Scholarship Program Act of 2017 will help secure these efforts for years to come,” said Johnson.