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DHS Biometrics Office Eyes Cloud-Based Storage; Shonnie Lyon Comments

DHS - ExecutiveMosaicA Department of Homeland Security body is looking into cloud-based storage options to help maintain its burgeoning biometrics database, the Federal Times reported Tuesday.

Nicole Blake Johnson writes the Office of Biometric Identity Management processes queries from other federal agencies automatically and works to return results from its servers within minutes.

The office currently maintains 160 million identities, with up to 12 million more added each year.

“The demand for our services is increasing,” said Shonnie Lyon, OBIM acting director, adding, “How do we do that with the current systems we have and funding we have?”

Lyon said they are also considering changes to how long to store the data.

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