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DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION OF CLAIM BASED BIOMETRIC AUTHENTICATION SYSTEM OVER THE CLOUD

DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION OF CLAIM BASED BIOMETRIC AUTHENTICATION SYSTEM OVER THE CLOUD

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Title: DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION OF CLAIM BASED BIOMETRIC AUTHENTICATION SYSTEM OVER THE CLOUD
Author: Mirghani, Osman
Abstract: In spite of their widespread use and ubiquity, passwords are unreliable as an authentication methodology because they can be hacked or even guessed, yet when it comes to biometrics it is very hard to impersonate someone. Therefore, biometric authentication schemes are currently widely recognized as the strongest authentication technologies available on the market. Identity providers and claims-based identity are emerging technologies that aims to decouple the authentication logic from the application’s business logic. This can be done by assigning the authentication task to the identity provider and establishing a trust relationship between the application and the identity provider so that the application relies on the identity provider to authenticate the application users. The project aims to develop an identity provider that uses fingerprint and facial biometrics to authenticate users. The identity provider task is to determine the identity of the user and pass the identity information to the relying applications which trust this identity provider. For security purposes, the biometrics data of users is stored on a local server within the sponsoring company’s intranet. This local server is located behind firewalls and it’s address can only be resolved internally within the intranet due to use of NAT. Therefore, the server doesn’t have a global IP address. Windows Azure cloud platform has a powerful component called “Windows Azure Service Bus” which was used to solve this tough connectivity problem. The project also aims to develop a simple employees management application that can be used as an example of a relying application that relies on the developed identity provider to authenticate the users. Project management principles and software development lifecycle techniques were applied during the project implementation. This approach has significantly streamlined the project implementation process and the project objectives have been met.
Description: The project aims to develop an identity provider that uses fingerprint and facial biometrics to authenticate users. The identity provider task is to determine the identity of the user and pass the identity information to the relying applications which trust this identity provider.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/86
Date: 2014-04-27


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