Temp at Level 3 data centers

Baldur Norddahl baldur.norddahl at gmail.com
Wed Oct 11 22:55:56 CST 2017

Den 11. okt. 2017 22.47 skrev "William Herrin" <bill at herrin.us>:

On Wed, Oct 11, 2017 at 4:32 PM, Jörg Kost <jk at ip-clear.de> wrote:

> Do you guys still at least have biometric access control devices at your
> Level3 dc? They even removed this things at our site, because there is no
> budget for a successor for the failing unit. And to be consistent, they
> event want to remove all biometric access devices at least across Germany.

Hi  Jörg,

IMO, biometric was a gimmick in the first place and a bad idea when
carefully considered. All authenticators can be compromised. Hence, all
authenticators must be replaceable following a compromise. If one of your
DCs' palm vein databases is lost, what's your plan for replacing that hand?

Basic two or three factor authentication: something that you know
(password), something that you are (biometric) and something that you have
(access card).

You can tell your password to a coworker but he can not borrow your hand.
Hence you need both. The password is the replaceable part.

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