International Biometric Group Receives Two Awards from Defence Research and Development Canada

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Research Studies Focus on Biometric Security, Database Privacy.

International Biometric Group (IBG) announced that it has received two research awards under the Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) Public Security Technical Program (PSTP).

IBG will work with a consortium of government, academia, and industry partners to evaluate, analyze and implement biometric technologies that enhance national security.

The first project, managed by lead agency Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC), who is responsible for ensuring the protection of electronic information of importance to the Government of Canada, will evaluate links between system performance and security for biometric technologies. Deliverables to DRDC will provide guidance for the deployment of biometric and identity management systems across the Government of Canada.

The second project, managed by lead agency Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), will identify challenges to biometric database safeguarding. Deliverables will address complex topics such as countermeasures, privacy, revocable biometrics, data sharing, covert use, and multi-use databases.

"DRDC is pleased to be working with International Biometric Group on these challenging research topics," stated Pierre Meunier, Portfolio Manager for Surveillance, Intelligence & Interdiction at the DRDC Centre for Security Science. "These projects will address a wide range of technology and policy issues associated with large-scale, high-visibility biometric deployments."

About International Biometric Group

IBG is a leading research, consulting, and systems integration company addressing the identity management and security needs of government and commercial clients. IBG designs, engineers, and supports solutions across multiple platforms in complex, mission-critical environments. IBG is headquartered in New York City with locations in Virginia, West Virginia, London and Toronto. Learn more at

About the Public Security Technical Program

The Public Security Technical Program (PSTP) is a Government of Canada initiative, which involves more than 20 federal Canadian departments and agencies. The work of the PSTP falls within four theme areas: Defeat Chemical, Biological, Radiological-Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) Threats; Critical Infrastructure Protection; Surveillance, Intelligence and Interdiction; and Emergency Management Systems and Interoperability. PSTP is managed by the DRDC Centre for Security Science, a joint endeavor between the Department of National Defence and Public Safety Canada. The centre's mission is to strengthen, through investments in science and technology, Canada's ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from accidents, natural disasters, and terrorist or criminal acts, that impact on the safety and security of Canadians.


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