Defense technology

Today in Security: Defense Technology

​The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is experimenting with a device that automatically locks when someone picks it up and moves around with it. The trust score falls because the device senses a change in walking pattern, voice pattern, and/or location.

The device remains locked until it recognizes the user, and can be remotely wiped by a mobile device manager if lost or stolen. Chipsets embedded in a device analyze a user's walking gait, location, facial structure, and voice patterns to validate identity. The chips are being tested in Android phones but are also compatible with laptops and other mobile devices.

The initiative is part of a 2018 innovation contract with ​​​​Qualcomm. The pilot also integrates with DISA's assured identity initiative that combines artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques with behavioral analysis.

DISA's goal is for the technology to be adopted by industry for use in commercial devices.

​The U.S. Department of Defense is testing new devices that could eliminate the need for passwords while continuously authenticating users via multiple biometrics, reports FCW. These smartphones may eliminate the possibility that a person could use another person's device in case of theft or loss.​ Back in 2005, Security Management published a thorough update on biometrics for cards, with information that has been validated over the years.

Government and industry, while sometimes wary of each other, often benefit from collaboration. A recent article in Security Management describes technology-sharing partnerships and some of the challenges facing them.

At last September's GSX 2018, U.S. Air Force General Brad Spacy delivered a keynote speech that highlighted the challenges the military has faced from security and international warfare perspectives, as well as the changing landscape of solutions to address them. He also spoke about the AFWERX Challenge, a $2 billion entrepreneurial contest encouraging innovation among airmen, industry, and the private sector.