The Great Biometric Debate

The Great Biometric Debate

April 11, 2019, 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

Sands 307

After years of promise, biometrics are finally on the rise toward pervasive use. Often hailed by advocates as a panacea for security and panned by the privacy community. However, there’s more to it than this and, both camps have it wrong.  Biometrics, like any other technology, are neither a panacea nor a privacy nightmare. It really comes down to the advantages and limitations to the inherent technology itself but the design and implementation by vendors that develop them. The audience will benefit from a detailed and spirited debate, tempered with a moderator that is an expert in cryptography, identity, and applied authentication models across information and physical domains. This debate is intended to provide varying viewpoints to the audience, information to consider, and context behind industry assertions.

Learning Objectives:
1. Assess biometrics technology and implementation using different measurements and criteria.
2. Determine where biometrics may or may not be suitable.
3. Discern and filter through the misconceptions, claims and facts that surround this technology on both sides.


  • Douglas Pelton


    Information Security Manager

    Wells Fargo

    Douglas Pelton has been an information security professional for 20 years,joining Wells Fargo in 1998. During the first years – Douglas worked with...

  • Terry Gold


    Principal Analyst

    D6 Research

    Terry is the founder of D6 Research a vendor-neutral research and advisory firm specializing in the intersect of physical and cybersecurity. For the...

  • Maxine Most



    Acuity Market Intelligence

    Maxine Most - @cmaxmost -  founding Principal of Acuity Market Intelligence, is recognized as the definitive authority on global biometrics market...



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