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' Secure sight. Somewhere in the National Security Agency are miniature desktop cameras that study the irises of NSA workers before those users can access secure networks.

Each Authenticam, from Iridian Technologies Inc. of Moorestown, N.J., reads the unique patterns in an iris with a glance from up to 19 inches away before permitting a user to access a system, said David Johnston, Iridian's vice president of marketing, at the recent FOSE 2001 trade show in Washington.

'I know there's been a lot of interest in iris technology for the Defense Department,' Johnston said. Authenticam is 99.9 percent accurate'more accurate than fingerprinting, passwords or tokens, he said.

' Myers takes post. An Army veteran who most recently served as principal director for the deputy assistant secretary of Defense has replaced Paul Brubaker as the Defense Department's deputy chief information officer.

Margaret Myers, who previously worked for Brubaker, has been named acting deputy assistant secretary of Defense and deputy CIO. She worked directly under Defense CIO Arthur Money until April 6, when Money retired.

Brubaker left the department last month to head up global electronic government services for Commerce One Inc. of Pleasanton, Calif.

Myers said it is unclear how long she will serve in an acting capacity.

'Dawn S. Onley

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