People don’t want to share his/her private things of a computer with others or unknown. That’s why he/she creates password. But it’s the fact, sometime people forget their own password and they even can’t log in. Keeping that in mind, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is looking for a diversion. DARPA is trying to create an authentication system that will only be detected by ‘fingerprint‘ and constantly monitor users interaction with the device. You might be able to log in only through your natural behavior with the device, not by entering any password.
DARPA is trying to keep your computer secure in a different way. Normally, we create a password in our computer so that unauthorized person can’t get access to use it. But, it happens often, we forget our own password. Or could be situation is like this, after a very short break from the computer, while you are are going to sit again in front of the computer, providing the password, you log in. Sometime, it becomes so annoying. DARPA comes with a different types of solution. Now, a user don’t have to log in with any password: rather his behavior with the keyboard, mouse will act as a virtual password. It will monitor the length of key presses, patterns in mouse usage, and the style and language used in emails. Through monitoring these data, a user would stay logged in simply. Anyhow, if someone replaces him and wants to use the computer, the software would identify the person as a different user and lock the person out or modify his/her access.
Dr. Charles Tappert at Pace University has already done a successful experiment. His experiment claims that his system can accurately identify an average of 99.3% users. Though the experiment failed to satisfy DARPA properly, but however, this experiment will help DARPA. DARPA wants a system that would detect a change in user instantly with proper authentication. Though it’s not an easy job to do, but nevertheless, DARPA wants to use multiple metrics that will hopefully result in a unique profile that is accurate enough to act like a fingerprint. Here is a video of DARPA’s Program Manager Richard Guidorizzi. He is giving an overview of Active Authorization.