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Contact:
Chriss Swaney
412-268-5776

For immediate release:
October 11, 2002

Carnegie Mellon Researchers to Demonstrate New Security Devices Designed to Detect Intruders

WHAT: Congressman Mike Doyle, D-Pa., leaders of the data storage industry and local venture capitalists will see some of Carnegie Mellon University's newest security research designed to keep "cyberthiefs" at bay. The research, now under way by more than 25 faculty at a new $35.5 million Center for Computer and Communications Security Center, includes studying how to use signature, fingerprints, iris patterns, face recognition technology and voice scans to confirm the identity of computer users. The center is also developing ways to incorporate artificial intelligence into hardware so that components such as disk drives can take countermeasures in a hacker attack. Some of the hands-on demonstrations will feature a new interactive face identification program, the use of air ducts in buildings as wireless transmitters and a new picture-coded access system for computer users.

U.S. business spent approximately $55 billion last year on devices created to make data more secure from theft, according to a recent report by the Council on Competitiveness, a non-partisan Washington, D.C., think tank that includes representatives from business, labor and academia.

WHEN: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., Monday, October 14

WHERE: The Singleton Room, Roberts Engineering Hall, Carnegie Mellon University (off Frew Street near Schenley Park)

CONTACT: Chriss Swaney, Media Relations, 412-268-5776

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