Biometrix 2008 Conference Agenda

July 2008 Conferences & Events

Conference chair: Darren Smith, MD Technews Publishing

07h30-08h30 Registration

0845 Introduction

Darren Smith, MD Technews


Market overview: Biometrics, security trends, emerging technologies and compliance/privacy issues? 

Naeem Seedat, associate director in the Advisory Practice of PriicewaterhouseCoopers South Africa, will explore the business imperatives driving the adoption of identity and access management and the subsequent use of biometric technology. Naeem will cover industry trends, emerging technologies, compliance and privacy issues and as well as practical considerations to be taken into account when using biometric technology.

Naeem Seedat, associate director in the Advisory practice of Pricewaterhouse Coopers


Best Practice: Selecting the right biometric technology for your application

South Africa is a world leader in the application of biometrics within both the public and private sector. Extensive local experience of implementing and managing biometric solutions means that SA’s adoption of biometrics is significantly, and perhaps surprisingly, more advanced than in Europe or America. As the use of biometric technology in SA becomes increasingly more widespread, there is therefore substantial commercial benefit in leveraging local knowledge in terms of selecting the right biometric to use for your application. Gary Jones, MD of the Ideco Biometric Security Solutions Group, discusses understanding how you can overcome challenges in difficult applications; and why certain biometrics are more effective than others.

Gary Jones, managing director: Ideco Biometric Security Solutions

10h30 Refreshments


Case study: How to ensure a successful biometric implementation

A candid case study on a biometric implementation highlighting the issues to consider and the pitfalls to avoid in order to ensure a successful implementation and end result.

Tommy Laubscher, manager Mining Division: Saco Systems


Blue sky: Non-attached biometric authentication technology

The sophistication of Internet banking and e-commerce fraud is continuously increasing. Staying abreast of fraudsters is insufficient and new technologies and techniques are continuously required to keep ahead of fraudsters and hackers. Solutions now exist for your bank and e-commerce sites to render phishing and impersonation obsolete through the use of non-attached biometric solutions. Glenn Kieser discusses non-attached biometric authentication technology.

Glenn Kieser, account manager - Services Sector: Siemens IT Solutions and Services, Siemens - South Africa

12h30 Lunch


Reducing fraud with voice biometrics

Biometric voice verification, when used properly, can help organisations lower costs and fight ID fraud. Carlos Gonçalves, chief technology officer, Intelleca will present a comprehensive overview of speaker verification technology, and its applicability to the South African context is presented. Carlos will explain how voice biometrics can help reduce fraud by quickly confirming caller identities while cost-effectively complying with corporate security standards.  

Carlos Gonçalves, chief technology officer, Intelleca


Context: Why care about strong personal identification if you do not know who your users are?

Karel Rode, principal consultant for the security practice at CA Africa, will expand on the application of user authentication solutions, highlighting some questions on selecting the most applicable technical control/s for your business use cases. He will further challenge you to involve all stakeholders within the business, from accounting to HR, inclusive of IT operations as well as forensics so that the applicable technical solution is capable of addressing all aspects of user authentication and authorisation for the business.

Karel Rode (CISSP), principal consultant, Security Practice: CA Africa

03h15 Refreshments


Panel debate: Using biometrics as a tool in identity management

05h00-06h00 Cocktails and networking

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