This page is ARCHIVED. Please visit https://www.nist.gov/identity-access-management for current information on NIST’s Identity and Access Management work.
NIST staff are reviewing comments and will release updates soon. The authors can be reached at sofa [at] nist.gov.
The Strength of Function for Authenticators – Biometrics (SOFA-B) Discussion Draft is the next step in NIST’s efforts to produce a framework to evaluate and compare the strength of authentication solutions. The SOFA-B model incorporates three aspects: matching performance, presentation attack detection (aka spoof detection), and Effort (to break a system). The ultimate goal of this work is a measure for comparing and combining authentication technologies.
NIST has engaged the community to develop a document that will best support decision-making around biometric authentication technologies. To do so, the authors solicited feedback via GitHub. GitHub has enabled NIST to engage the community in near real time to more quickly create a better product.
February 2017 | SOFA-B presented at RSA Conference 2017 | more
December 2016 | SOFA-B Discussion Draft public comment closes
October 2016 | SOFA-B Discussion Draft released for public comment
March 2016 | Strength of biometric authentication project charter released | more
February 2016 | Advanced Identity Workshop on Applying Measurement Science in the Identity Ecosystem: Summary and Next Steps (NISTIR 8103) draft published | PDF
January 2016 | Applying Measurement Science in the Identity Ecosystem workshop held at NIST | more
December 2015 | Measuring Strength of Authentication Discussion Draft released | PDF