Identity Week Asia 2022: Who is speaking?

Identity Week Asia 2022: Who is speaking?

What is the value of attending Identity Week Asia?

Identity Week Asia offers unparalleled networking opportunities with 1500+ identity field experts to meet and exchange idea with from across the APAC region and specialising biometrics, digital ID, IAM, data quality, threat detection and lots more.

Hear insights, trends and announcements from peers relating to the surge of digital ID and biometric solutions across the marketplace, plus key talks to develop physical document security on par with digital innovation. Join a variety of sessions, inclusive roundtables, inspiring keynotes and presentations to stimulate the next stage in making identity seamless and secure for all.

Who will be speaking? 

Nat Sakimura, Chairman, OpenID Foundation

Nat Sakimura will be speaking in a Day 1 panel session to give his insight on the future of identity and authentication in the financial services and accessing the key prioritises among members companies for robust verification and efficient digital onboarding processes. The OpenID Foundation nurtures and promotes the interests of the open ID community as a non-profit association in providing the useful infrastructure to foster innovation. 

Alan Lim, Head, FinTech Infrastructure Office, Monetary Authority of Singapore 

Alan is the head of the FinTech Infrastructure Office at the Monetary Authority of Singapore and is responsible for developing Singapore’s digital financial infrastructure. He leads the establishment of platforms for open finance and cross border financial connectivity.

Gus Poston, CEO, Netbank 

Netbank is a Banking as a Service Platform in the Philippines accelerating Fintech growth and providing white-labelled accounts, loans, payments, cards to fintech and NBFCs.

Discover all speakers at https://www.terrapinn.com/exhibition/identity-week-asia/agenda.stm.

Digital driving licenses accepted by U.S. credit union

Digital driving licenses accepted by U.S. credit union

Utah was one of 30 U.S. states to pilot digital driver licenses in 2021 to expand smartphone capabilities with identity credentials.

Announced on Wednesday by one of the country’s largest financial institutions, The America First Credit Union is set to allow mobile driver’s licenses to be used as a method of verification for banking transactions across all of its 121 branches in Utah and Arizona.

The America First Credit Union is federally chartered credit union with over 1.2 million members and $17.63 billion in total assets.

Coinciding with advancements in smartphone technology, identity assets from ID cards to photographs and payment methods have become readily available in a digital form to convenience consumers at any time. Several states including Arizona and Georgia have already adopted the Apple Wallet which allows users to add their driver’s license or other ID to their iPhone or Apple Watch.

Speaking on the Apple Wallet’s inclusion of digital driver’s licenses, Jennifer Bailey, Vice President of Apple Pay and Apple Wallet, said: “The addition of driver’s licenses and state IDs to Apple Wallet is an important step in our vision of replacing the physical wallet with a secure and easy-to-use mobile wallet”.

The mobile driver’s license simply verifies key personal information relating to a person’s identity such as their name and age contactlessly and accurately with one tap or scan, giving users more control and ownership over how they confirm and verify their identity.

“Providing opportunities for more Utahans to use their mobile ID throughout the state has been a main focus for our team,” Chris Caras, Director at the Utah Driver License Division, commented. “Adding additional verifiers, like AFCU, allows mobile ID holders to complete transactions without compromising their personal information. We look forward to working with GET Group North America, AFCU and additional businesses to offer contactless mobile ID transaction in communities statewide.”

Identity data in the user’s digital driver’s license or state ID is encrypted and protected against the risk of fraud or ID theft.

Utah was the first U.S. state to pilot mobile digital licenses that meet the ISO 18013-5 global security standard.

Find mobile driver license solutions at Identity Week America this 4-5 October. Gold Sponsor, Thales has delivered driver license verification services to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles as well as developed solutions for residents in Florida.

IDW America: Fostering collaboration across the ID ecosystem

IDW America: Fostering collaboration across the ID ecosystem

Identity Week America 2022 returns as THE forum to answer enterprise, government and end-user demands to accelerate digital ID, biometric and physical credential solutions to transform fast-evolving sectors including finance and banking, travel, healthcare and government.

Join the event on 4-5 October at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC. Tickets are still available: https://secure.terrapinn.com/V5/step1.aspx?E=10580.

The latest figures demonstrate the rate to which decentralised, digital identity and IAM is growing and contending with higher expectations of end-users following the period of digital transformation that has proceeded in the last 2 years.

In the forecast for 2021 to 2028, the identity verification and authentication market in Northern America is expected to grow accelerate with a CAGR of 17.3% and should reach USD 26,336.64 million by the end of 2028.

With the provision of new technologies, emerging talent in the industry and greater consumer expectations, Identity Week America continually evolves as a networking platform to reflect the current and future U.S. marketplace, providing insights for other regional markets to follow trends. The balancing act of ensuring security whilst enhancing the user experience is always an extremely important stakeholder issue which takes on new relevance year on year.

Identity Week America looks to expand the ecosystem and collaborate with new and existing stakeholders in changing technology and use-case parameters. Find out below which major identity sectors, organisations, enterprises, solution providers, government entities and startups are involved in Identity Week America 2022 and defining a new ID ecosystem.

Speakers on the agenda

We’re thrilled to welcome identity power-house, Kenneth Gantt, Deputy Director, Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM), at the Department of Homeland Security to the conference line-up, 4-5 October in Washington DC.

Kenneth D. Gantt is the Deputy Director of the Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). OBIM is the lead entity in DHS for biometric identity management services across Government. Mr. Gantt’s responsibilities include working with OBIM’s customers, stakeholders and DHS mission partners to expand the program’s services to ensure a safe, secure, and resilient homeland. Kenneth will be discussing biometric identity management for a connected world.

Speakers already confirmed this year for the Conference:

Risa Arai, Programme Specialist (Legal Identity), UNDP; Joni Brennan, President, Digital ID & Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC); Kay Chopard, Executive Director, Kantara Initiative, Inc; Jeremy Grant, President, Venable LLP; Ryan Howells, Principal, Leavitt Partners; Mike McCamon, Executive Director, NFC Forum; Kathleen L. Kiernan, President, NEC National Security Systems; Mike McCaskill, Director Identity Management, AAMVA; Nick Mothershaw, Chief Identity Strategist, Open Identity Exchange

Exhibitors 

BioSig-ID is the World’s only software biometric password for  ID authentication.   NO hardware or software downloads. The biometric “writing” patterns of the user are captured and compared to the unique password that the user created, using just a finger or mouse.  Prevents impostors from accessing your device or asset, keeps data and records safe.

Integrated Biometrics, LLC designs and manufactures FBI-certified fingerprint sensors for law enforcement, military operations, homeland security, national identity, election validation, social services, and a wide range of commercial applications. The company’s patented light emitting sensor technology enables lightweight scanners that outperform traditional prism-based devices in size, power consumption, portability, and reliability.

Regula Baltija Ltd. provides clients with solutions to verify the authenticity of security papers, ID’s, passports, and banknotes, as well as a number of proprietary tickets (such as lottery tickets) and official documents.

Startups

EarthId is an award-winning Decentralized Identity Management platform that allows secure and frictionless exchange and verification of identity information.

Hummingbirds AI specialises in autonomous, touchless and passwordless zero trust authentication, boosting employees productivity and securing their access to the company’s data and devices.

Clearview Consent API upgraded with cyber attack detection feature

Clearview Consent API upgraded with cyber attack detection feature

Clearview Consent, the latest facial recognition software developed by Clearview AI, has integrated a biometric attack detection feature to optimise its security credentials for enterprises.

The identity verification product brings facial recognition to a new segment of customers, enterprises and end-users, robustly built for a variety of applications. The upgrade will still be targeted to business in helping them to manage consent-based access to systems and verify employees and users seamlessly.

Clearview’s CEO, Hoan Ton-That, said in a statement: “The launch of Clearview Consent is a game-changer for companies and consumers alike who value the integrity and security of their identity and assets. Facial recognition is not the wave of the future; it is our present reality. Today, FRT is used to unlock your phone, verify your identity, board an airplane, access a building, and even for payments. Now, we are offering companies who use facial recognition as part of a consent-based workflow access to Clearview AI’s superior, industry-leading FRT algorithm, bringing an increased level of security and protection to the marketplace”.

Consumer feedback around the product upgrade indicated how businesses and customers plan to deploy the technology and what innovations and security adjustments would be valued, hence Clearview has settled on enhancing extra accurate live facial recognition capabilities to scan users in real-time and mitigate bias.

In recent months, Clearview has also had to contend with sanctions and a loss of credibility for breaching European privacy regulations surrounding its use of consumer data and the European general data agreements. The company stands accused of stripping photographs off user social media profiles to compare live images in facial recognition. Clearview were smacked with a €20 Million sanction by a second data regulator last month, Greece’s Hellenic Data Protection Authority after a compliant was filed by Homo Digitalis.

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) also fined the company over £7.5m for blatant breaches to comply with UK standards of data protection legislation in the way it composed its facial recognition databases.

On Clearview’s website, it states it provides “powerful and reliable photo identification technology to law enforcement agencies across the country”.

“The launch of Clearview Consent helps further our mission to help combat crime and fraud. We are currently helping law enforcement agencies across the country to solve crimes after the fact, which harm many victims. Using facial recognition as a preventative measure means fewer crimes and fewer victims,” Ton-That added. “Ultimately, Clearview Consent is all about making everyday consumers feel more secure in a world that is rife with crime and fraud”.

iProov Achieves eIDAS eID Level of Assurance High for Genuine Presence Assurance

iProov Achieves eIDAS eID Level of Assurance High for Genuine Presence Assurance

As Deadline Approaches for EU Digital Identity Wallet Pilot Submissions, iProov’s Biometric Face Verification Independently Certified to Europe’s Level of Assurance High

iProov, the world leader in face biometric authentication technology, announced today that it is certified for biometric face verification of a natural person with its Genuine Presence Assurance technology to Level of Assurance High (LoA High) in accordance with the eIDAS regulation.

The eID Assurance LoA High certification ensures that European Union (EU) governments and organisations using iProov’s Genuine Presence Assurance are capable of electronically verifying users across Europe with the highest level of certainty and security. Member States looking to increase the LoA of existing eID programs to level high and support the future requirements of the EU Digital Identity Wallet can integrate with iProov to achieve this without integration audits.

This comes hot on the heels of iProov’s technology receiving eIDAS module certification to offer trusted services to Trusted Service Providers (TSPs) to Qualified level. This allows organisations to securely bind a user’s identity to a Qualified Electronic Signature (QES) using iProov’s biometric face verification. The QES is validated and recognised as the legal equivalent to a handwritten signature and also provides a secure audit trail, offering immense convenience to the end user.

“The uptake and usage of the EU Digital Identity Wallet depends on citizens being able to enrol and authenticate themselves remotely in an effortless and secure way,” said Andrew Bud, Founder and CEO of iProov. “This is what iProov enables. Our latest eIDAS certification makes it even easier for EU governments and enterprises to use iProov to verify that an online user enrolling for a digital service is the right person, a real person, and that they are verifying right now.”

eIDAS (Electronic Identification, Authentication and Trust Services) is an EU regulation that governs digital identity and trust services for electronic transactions throughout the region. Instead of relying on in-person interactions, or using postal or fax services, eIDAS seeks to enhance trust in electronic transactions by providing a common foundation for secure electronic interaction between citizens, businesses and public authorities.

iProov’s Genuine Presence Assurance is compliant with the relevant requirements for Biometric face verification of a natural person, following the regulation Reg. (EU) No. 910/2014 (eIDAS) Article 8 (2) according to eIDAS eID Level of Assurance high. This level of assurance is comparable to NIST 800-63 IAL2 in the U.S. and TDIF IP3 in Australia.

iProov technology is already being used by itsme, providers of Belgium’s digital identity app, and by SK ID in Estonia’s state-certified digital identity solution, SmartID.

Identity Week Asia 2022: Agenda Released

Identity Week Asia 2022: Agenda Released

Identity Week Asia 2022 will be the unmissable identity event of the year! Taking place in one of the fastest growing markets, over 2 days discover what the future holds for Identity. 

We’re beyond excited to share a first-look at the Conference Agenda incorporating 100 world-renowned industry experts across more than 40 sessions, covering biometrics, mobile ID, verification and authentication, identity access management, document fraud, physical credentials and digital onboarding.

Identity Week Asia 2022 kicks off 6 September 2022 for two ground-breaking days of insights, inspiration and new ideas around identity evolution across the APAC region. 

Identity professionals from across finance, government, healthcare, travel, social media and many more sectors will come together to learn, be inspired and generate exciting business opportunities.

As an increasing number of people rely on digital and mobile domains to interact with the world around them, the need for robust online identity systems has never been greater and demand from enterprise, government and consumers just keeps rising!

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Secure your seat at APAC’s #1 identity conference now and join over 1,500 of your fellow identity visionaries.

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ID cards for U.S. immigrants to record deportation proceedings

ID cards for U.S. immigrants to record deportation proceedings

In a further move to scrap unnecessary ID paperwork, U.S. immigrants will be issued with unofficial ID cards to maintain a record of deportation court proceedings.

Rather than an official form of ID for immigrants, the cards will aid the Department of Homeland Security in establishing progress with immigrant deportation appeals. Immigrants will also have ownership over their own ID card to access information regarding their cases online which will slowly phase out cumbersome paperwork.

A spokesman for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement which is driving the proposal for a pilot project said: “Moving to a secure card will save the agency millions, free up resources, and ensure information is quickly accessible to DHS officials while reducing the agency’s FOIA backlog” as Homeland Security receives more requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act than other federal agencies.

Republican critics and social media users have been particularly vocal against the plans to streamline data sharing during the deportation process.

Conservative observer, Tomi Lahren published a Tweet mocking the proposals under Joe Biden’s administration, saying Biden “wants to give illegals ID cards so they can start collecting American benefits. Only U.S. citizens can vote in federal elections and there is no evidence that ID cards facilitate higher voter fraud or enable immigrants to access citizen benefits.

France moves health insurance card onto smartphones

France moves health insurance card onto smartphones

Citizens in France will soon be able to store more of their everyday identity documents on their smartphone to simply verification and access key healthcare services. A digital version of France’s health insurance cards will be available to download on any Apple or android device.

As part of the national digital ID program, the French government agency ANTS has already installed a system that allows French people to prove their identity using a smartphone app. France has already been working to advance its digital ID infrastructure, in a first phase digitalising the national eID card and make it accessible on a smartphone. Users simply place their national eID card on the back of their smartphone and enter a pin-code to fully authenticate themselves.

The security functions of the e-health insurance card will be enhanced, securely holding the holder’s personal information which is protected by biometric fingerprint verification, while enabling users to request reimbursement for healthcare service charges which they could do with the physical card. Eventually, users will be able to add details of their different health insurance policies.

Whilst securely protecting the main users’s personal information, the app his capable of recognising a secondary user’s profile if the app is entrusted to another person for a limited time.

“The app will allow people to consult their healthcare bills directly, with the receipts downloading immediately when the app is opened. These will remain available to download for seven days after a medical consultation, after which they will then become inaccessible. Once downloaded, they will be available indefinitely.

Before being rolled out nationwide in 2023, the heath card app will be piloted in eight more French departments “from the fourth quarter of 2022”.

World Economic Forum publishes key insights for transforming DPGs into DPIs

World Economic Forum publishes key insights for transforming DPGs into DPIs

India, Singapore and Norway are some of the countries leading the way in the development of digital public infrastructure as a means of enabling secure and seamless experiences for their citizens. The AADHAAR card program introduced by the Indian Government has already provided 1.3 billion users with digital IDs as the number of users of digital identity worldwide stands at 4.2 billion.

The Philippines and Thailand are also investing in substantial ID innovation, creating regulatory and infrastructure foundations for the provision of digital identity.

While some nations are proving the necessity of having digital economies and infrastructure, The World Economic Forum has published five insights to accelerate tech change elsewhere across all global markets from banking to education, travel and healthcare.

The value of a digital ecosystem is recognised by most countries, in breeding more information-based services and products for citizens and consumers; the key insights in the report further encourage governments around the world to take a whole-society approach in considering their digital transformations.

In summary, countries are able to achieve digital sovereignty and build infrastructure that serves the public interest and continues to enhance citizen experiences with making transactions and accessing private and public services.

Governments and large entities managing digital infrastructure for state services must also leverage working with other countries on strategic decision making around data security and portability, how to optimise the user experience and create interoperable systems.

As digitalisation transforms many sectors and government functions, the World Economic Forum stresses the importance of adopting a people-first approach to ensure regulation and good governance is the foundation of advancements of technology.

Norway’s national digital ID scheme to optimise online banking is another case that demonstrates how favourable digital systems are to speed up adoption, onboarding procedures, identity verification and lowers costs, however to experience the full benefits of DPI and DPGs, the World Economic Forum cites the need for cooperation and commitment from all stakeholders, including governments, enterprises and organisation.

TheIndian government’s Open Network for Digital Commerce highlights the potential of DPGs for creating open and decentralised DPI.

New York Police documents reveal ‘racial bias’ in biometric surveillance activities

New York Police documents reveal ‘racial bias’ in biometric surveillance activities

A U.S. judge has ordered The New York Police Department to release paperwork proving officers used facial recognition technology to surveil and racially target crowds that gathered during the Black Lives Matter protests.

The ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement was sparked following the unjust and horrific murder of George Floyd who was targeted by a white police officer because of his skin colour.

The disgraceful incident reignited a tidal wave of emotion from communities everywhere calling out racism in all its forms in society, and protests broke out across America and throughout the world demonstrating widespread anger over the police’s historic mistreatment of black people, particularly in the U.S.

This appears to have been a shocking trend during the protests to call for change as CCTV and police surveillance was used to intimidate and threaten crowds of people that gathered.

A legal ruling from the New York Supreme Court, issued by Amnesty International and the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, has ordered 30 million documents revealing the extent of the police’s misconduct to be made public.

While the police agency has rejected the request, citing the “unreasonable burden”, it has since come to light since the protests that police leveraged facial biometric technology to make unlawful arrests and ‘control’ the crowds. The police’s misuse of biometrics has not helped to alleviate the controversy surrounding the use of this technology, which is widely considered to be inaccurate and create ‘racial bias’.

LTO chief blasts biometrics contractor Dermalog

LTO chief blasts biometrics contractor Dermalog

The Chief of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in the Philippines, Teofilo Guadiz, has strongly criticised its contractor Dermalog for supplying an inadequate IT system, while holding up Stradcom Corporation which held the tender from 1998 to 2016.

The project undertaken by Stradcom Corporation involved rehabilitating and interconnecting 247 Land Transportation Offices across the country. The first phase covered 32 offices in the national capital region, followed by the remaining 216 across the three main islands of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Dermalog is providing the digital infrastructure for biometric verification technology which is integratable with six government systems including the issuance of driver licenses and motor vehicle registrations.

Teofilo Guadiz cited the problems with new system to enhance faster transactions and processing within public services.

It can be assumed that Dermalog’s contract with the Land Transportation Office also fell below standards in regards to enabling more efficient processes in revenue collection, reducing criminal activities and the falsifying of documents, and delivering a comprehensive database on the land transport industry which could be leveraged by other LTO offices.

Guadiz called for Stradcom to place another bid for the contract. Stradcom has not handed over the motorists’ database to Dermalog which has been blamed for the failings by Dermalog.

UK introduces face biometric smartwatches to monitor foreign offenders

UK introduces face biometric smartwatches to monitor foreign offenders

Migrants with a criminal record in the UK will soon be subject to constant monitoring using biometric smartwatches to keep tabs on their movements up to 5 times per day.

Face biometric watches will be introduced as part of tougher measures to tackle illegal immigration and higher numbers of people travelling to the UK, however, the Home Office in a statement makes a separation between asylum seekers, who will not be required to monitoring tags, and foreign-national offenders known to authorities.

The requirements imposed by the Home Office will include migrants having to wear an electronic ankle tag or smartwatch at all times which will collect their personal information including name, date of birth, nationality and photograph and compare data to national database systems. The data will be then stored for a period of 6 years by the Home office.

Data collected from these individuals will be shared with relevant authorities and the police to further monitor their activities in the UK.

The Home Office has previously refreshed legal migration and border control policy to increase the requirements of eligible migrants to the UK, implementing a point-based migration system to deter criminals while still encouraging people from overseas to settle and drive the economy in the UK.

In May, British technology provider, Buddi Limited, won a tender to supply “non-fitted devices” as part of the Government’s Satellite Tracking Service.

The scheme was also responsible for the rollout of fitted tracking devices for migrant offenders awaiting deportation at a cost of £70 million.

The surveillance of foreign individuals is known to be a controversial issue which critics argue violates human rights laws and breeds discrimination and demographic bias.

Biometric bias occurs when an algorithm is unable to operate in an accurate manner based on activities it is programmed to conduct such as automating a response based on the the biological and behavioural characteristics of a person matching an assigned profile. Studies have repeatedly found that some demographics can experience poor classification accuracy or matching performance with facial recognition technology.

According to the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology, people of African and Asian heritage experience 10-100 times more negative or misleading matching results compared to people of Caucasian origin, complicating procedures to find real perpetrators of fraud and crime.

Lucie Audibert, a lawyer and legal officer at Privacy International, commented: “Facial recognition is known to be an imperfect and dangerous technology that tends to discriminate against people of colour and marginalised communities. These ‘innovations’ in policing and surveillance are often driven by private companies, who profit from governments’ race towards total surveillance and control of populations”.

There are also concerns that the intrusive measures will have a negative impact on mental health and be counterproductive to deterring individuals with a criminal past from settling in the UK or continuing to commit crimes.

2,500 foreign criminals have so far been subject to electronic tagging and 10,000 deported.

iProov secures contract for One Login for Government program

iProov secures contract for One Login for Government program

iProov has won a two-year contract valued at £11.6 million to supply its verification software for the government’s One Login for Government program.

Other contracts were signed with a facial authentication solution provider and liveness detection startup. Back in February, the UK’s Government Digital Service selected consultancy firm, Deloitte in the development of a smartphone app to verify individual access to Government services.

The purpose of ‘One Login for Government’ program is to enable easier and more secure access to Government services with one simple login process while complying with proper handling of user data.

Delhi police impose public facial recognition ahead of Independence Day

Delhi police impose public facial recognition ahead of Independence Day

Face recognition software is being leveraged by police in Delhi to keep disruptive incidents to a minimum ahead of India’s Independence Day celebrations on August 15.

Despite controversy surrounding police use of biometric screening tactics, these measures are justified by authorities in Delhi to prevent communal riots from breaking out after an incident in the Capital in February 2020.

A serious national incident was declared in Delhi earlier this year after an amateur explosive device was discovered at Ghazipur Flower Market ahead of the Republic Day. It was subsequently diffused but drove police to increase surveillance of the area with over 300 CCTV cameras and facial recognition systems.

The Delhi Police will monitor “vagabonds” and people appearing to act suspiciously in the north police district to monitor criminal activities and update national databases of offending.

Telangana is the youngest state in India to leverage invasive methods of monitoring citizens with facial recognition technology. The Government supported and invested in software development at local IT companies, deciding to buy facial recognition systems they developed to spy on citizens.

The advancements in facial biometrics have been exploited by governments and in policing to normalise ‘surveillance’  techniques on the public. According to a study into the world’s most-surveilled cities, India’s capital New Delhi is reported to have 33 live CCTV cameras for every 1,000 people in the population.

The increased campaign of police surveillance in Delhi was launched around a month ago and is being focused in three regions in Kotwali, Lahori Gate and Kashmere Gate to build profiles of offenders.

One senior police officer, preferring to remain anonymous, said: “Dedicated police teams have been taking pictures and details of ‘vagabonds’ like their names, ages, native places, reason for shifting, and period of stay in the national capital areas.

“So far, police have collected photographs and details of a few hundreds, including over 250 “vagabonds” in the Lahori Gate area”. However many of the police’s common practices of screening a person’s face and collecting fingerprint scans violates Indian law in relation to India’s Identification of Prisoners Act of 1920. It prohibits authorities taking photographs of people without an arrest or conviction.

IDW Asia Sponsor Ping Identity to be acquired by Thoma Bravo

IDW Asia Sponsor Ping Identity to be acquired by Thoma Bravo

Identity Week Asia Gold Sponsor, Ping Identity, is to be acquired by Thoma Bravo in an all-cash $2.8 Billion deal, representing $28.50 per share.

Thoma Bravo is a private equity investment firm providing capital and strategic consulting. The deal is a testament to Ping identity’s leading enterprise identity solutions, says Andre Durand, Ping Identity’s Chief Executive Officer and will see the business go private.

“Identity security and frictionless user experiences have become essential in the digital-first economy and Ping Identity is better positioned than ever to capitalize on the growing demand from modern enterprises for robust security solutions. We are pleased to partner with Thoma Bravo, which has a strong track record of investing in high-growth cloud software security businesses and supporting companies with initiatives to turbocharge innovation and open new markets.”

Ping Identity provide enterprises with the secure tools to operate as digital transformation accelerates and businesses must adapt. The software is capable of storing and managing data in connection with 3 billion identities; users everywhere can expect more seamless customer journeys when using a commercial or public sector service.

Daon was announced to have joined forces with Ping Identity, integrating with its PingOne DaVinci solution, a cloud, no-code identity orchestration service.

The offer of 28.50 per share in compensation surpasses Ping Identity’s closing share price on August 2, 2022 by 63% on its final day of trading and provides a premium of 52% over the average cost of Ping Identity’s stock for the 60 days ending on August 2.

Seth Boro, Managing Partner at Thoma Bravo praised a “tectonic shift in intelligent identity solutions for the enterprise” after the announcement that Ping identity would be bought by Thoma Bravo. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2022 after  regulatory processes have been followed to approve the deal with stakeholders of Ping Identity.

Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, the company will have private held status and will no longer be listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

Thoma Bravo continued: “Our shared commitment to growth and innovation, combined with Thoma Bravo’s significant security software investing and operational expertise, will enable Ping Identity to accelerate its cloud transformation and delivery of industry leading identity security experiences for the customers, employees and partners of large enterprises worldwide.”

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EU: ETIAS system pushed back to November 2023

EU: ETIAS system pushed back to November 2023

The EU’s European Travel Information and Authorisation System which was due to be introduced in May 2013 for non-EU visitors will now be delayed by an extra six months.

Once launched, non-European visitors with visa-waiver status between the ages of 18-70 will be required to submit an application for the ETIAS in order to travel to 26 countries in the Schengen Zone for up to 90 days.

The ETIAS is not a visa but an essential travel document which will be enforced on those applicable.

Back in 2016, tightened measures to pre-screen non-EU visitors and collect advanced data were approved by the European Parliament.

The Schengen zone is mostly comprised of European countries as well as Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The UK’s departure from the EU means that Britons are now subject to the new rules.

Applicants must pay a $7 dollar fee for a 3-year permit and can expect a response to be returned to them within 4 weeks.

The new travel authorisation rules affect 1.4 billion in 40 countries outside the EU. Some European countries such as America, Albania, Australia and Canada currently have a visa-free arrangement to travel. In total, the scheme has been pushed back three times to the end of 2022 and now to November 2023.

ETIAS will further streamline borders by making travel procedures tougher for people travelling from out the European Union, however, with delays to introducing the new requirements, travellers will be able to enter the Schengen Zone for a while longer.

More updates around the implementation will be given in the months before the ETIAS comes into effect. Passengers will be eased into adapting to the new system while an initial 6-month grace period may come into effect. Early registration online is encouraged.

EU: ETIAS system pushed back to November 2023

EU: ETIAS system pushed back to November 2023

The EU’s European Travel Information and Authorisation System which was due to be introduced in May 2013 for non-EU visitors will now be delayed by an extra six months.

Once launched, non-European visitors with visa-waiver status between the ages of 18-70 will be required to submit an application for the ETIAS in order to travel to 26 countries in the Schengen Zone for up to 90 days.

The ETIAS is not a visa but an essential travel document which will be enforced on those applicable.

Back in 2016, tightened measures to pre-screen non-EU visitors and collect advanced data were approved by the European Parliament.

The Schengen zone is mostly comprised of European countries as well as Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The UK’s departure from the EU means that Britons are now subject to the new rules.

Applicants must pay a $7 dollar fee for a 3-year permit and can expect a response to be returned to them within 4 weeks.

The new travel authorisation rules affect 1.4 billion in 40 countries that are naturally excluded from the EU or rejected being part of it. Some countries such as America, Albania, Australia and Canada currently have a visa-free arrangement to travel within the EU. In total, the scheme has been pushed back three times to the end of 2022 and now November 2023.

ETIAS will further streamline borders by increasing verification procedures people travelling from out the European Union, however, the delays to introducing the new requirements allow travellers to enter the Schengen Zone for a while longer.

More updates around the implementation will be given in the months before the ETIAS is now set to be implemented. Passengers will be eased into adapting to the new system while, although not confirmed, an initial 6-month grace period may come into effect. Early registration online is encouraged.

EU: ETIAS system pushed back to November 2023

EU: ETIAS system pushed back to November 2023

The EU’s European Travel Information and Authorisation System which was due to be introduced in May 2013 for non-EU visitors will now be delayed by an extra six months.

Once launched, non-European visitors with visa-waiver status between the ages of 18-70 will be required to submit an application for the ETIAS in order to travel to 26 countries in the Schengen Zone for up to 90 days.

The ETIAS is not a visa but an essential travel document which will be enforced on those applicable.

Back in 2016, tightened measures to pre-screen non-EU visitors and collect advanced data were approved by the European Parliament.

The Schengen zone is mostly comprised of European countries as well as Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The UK’s departure from the EU means that Britons are now subject to the new rules.

Applicants must pay a $7 dollar fee for a 3-year permit and can expect a response to be returned to them within 4 weeks.

The new travel authorisation rules affect 1.4 billion in 40 countries that are naturally excluded from the EU or rejected being part of it. Some countries such as America, Albania, Australia and Canada currently have a visa-free arrangement to travel within the EU. In total, the scheme has been pushed back three times to the end of 2022 and now November 2023.

Some believe ETIAS will further streamline borders by targeting people travelling from out the European Union, however, many who know the current pressures in travel are relieved that new requirements for travellers to provide their advanced data will not be mandatory for some time.

More updates around the implementation will be given in the months before the ETIAS is now set to be implemented. Passengers will be eased into adapting to the new system while, although not confirmed, an initial 6-month grace period may come into effect. Early registration online is encouraged.

Identity Week Asia 2022: Transforming the APAC identity marketplace

Identity Week Asia 2022: Transforming the APAC identity marketplace

Identity Week Asia, the leading identity and trust event for the APAC region, will be returning to the Suntec Convention Centre in Singapore to bring together government, enterprise, and partners on 6-7 September.

Launched in 2019, the event is focused around strengthening stakeholder relations within the Asian identity market to spark innovation and faster adoption of technologies in public services, government, travel, healthcare, and banking.

Identity Week Asia also encompasses our Start-Up Village which serves as an important meeting place for identity tech start-ups at an early stage of their funding to meet potential investors and partners.

The event integrates start-ups into the identity ecosystem and therefore is ever changing the structure of main stakeholders in identity.

The forum places the emphasis of the industry coming together on nurturing the next generation of talent to bring digital ID and biometric technologies to the forefront. It also caters for experienced vendors and organisations that are closer to the user interface and understand the emerging trends for enhanced user experiences and self-sovereign identification.

A stage will be set for 20+ promising start-ups engineering the future, connecting them with Asia’s most influential companies, investors, and media.

The fantastic speaker line-up includes, Open Identity Exchange, IATA, Google, Monetary Authority of Singapore, ShuttleOne, Emerging Payments Association Asia, Prudential Corporation Asia, Royal Thai Police, Netbank, Union Bank of Philippines, GovTech Singapore, Vietnam Government.

The packed conference schedule will cover topical discussions around ID for citizens, seamless travel, secure banking, decentralised ID and blockchain, verifiable credentials, biometrics, effortless onboarding, IAM, secure ID documents, interoperability, quality data collection and lots more!

“We look forward to welcoming back our industry colleagues and friends as we look once more to the future and all the promise and excitement that new technologies and solutions will bring” – Janine Bill, Managing Director, Identity Week.

For further information, including our latest speaker announcements, please visit: https://www.terrapinn.com/exhibition/identity-week-asia

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Customs and Border Protection must check credentials of biometrics partners

Customs and Border Protection must check credentials of biometrics partners

In recent months, a biometric entry-exit program led the Customs and Border Protection has got progressively underway using photo-matching technology to verify travellers across various ports of entry in the U.S.

However, according to reviews by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, more is needed to check and verify the credentials of biometric solution providers that supply to U.S. border protection agencies for streamlined effective border controls.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office commented that partners, contractors and vendors should expect to prove their trust credentials more frequently in the tender process, in exchange for passengers having to comply with the latest airport verification technology and regulations.

During a Homeland Security subcommittee hearing, Rebecca Gambler, Director of GAO’s Homeland Security and Justice Team, revealed the CBP had conducted 5 audit assessments on partners to ensure their technology was in line with security and privacy policies. Three more audits are in process.

Gambler noted that while facial recognition technology is being deployed to at least one gate across 32 common border points in the U.S, a past GAO report from 2020 presents a juxtaposition with measures to audit partners and determine trust. Only 1 out of 27 of its then-partners were audited against the CBP’s privacy and security frameworks despite biometric technology widely coming onto the market in 2017.

In exchange for trust from travellers, audits must be carried out on biometric suppliers to earn public trust.

In 2019, a data breach involving a CBP contractor exposed the data of 184,000 travellers from a pilot biometric entry-exit scheme.