Entersekt adds BankID to its secure platform

Entersekt adds BankID to its secure platform

Entersekt has partnered with BankID to provide Norwegian banks with secure in-app and browser authentication, supporting requirements for digital identity, e-signatures and strong customer authentication on a single platform.

“Including the Norwegian e-ID on our security and authentication platform gives Norwegian banks the opportunity to work with a single partner for all their authentication needs, including biometrics, app security, and passwordless login features,” says Frans Labuschagne, Vice President Channel Partnerships at Entersekt. “Consolidating our offering to include BankID opens the door for banks to fast-track their digital enablement journeys. It can help them reach and acquire customers, launch innovative new services, and multiply revenue streams while meeting compliance obligations with confidence – all via a single platform,” he adds.

Norwegian banks have been working together since 2000 to deliver a secure digital identity for their customers. Today, 4.3 million Norwegians make use of BankID as their primary means to identify themselves, give consent or authorise transactions.

The collaboration between BankID and Entersekt enables Norwegian banks to onboard customers using BankID, adhering to all Know Your Customer and Anti Money Laundering (KYC/AML) requirements. It also enables the use of BankID for verifying electronic signatures.

The addition of BankID to the Entersekt Secure Platform is timely as the EU moves toward greater cross-border support of interoperable electronic IDs. “We are delighted to be working with our new BankID-partner Entersekt,” says Eva Sandberg, Head of Sales at BankID. “Our collaboration aligns perfectly with the goal for countries across the EU to continue facilitating support for digital identities. Working with a leader in device identity and customer authentication like Entersekt positions us well for the future.”

“Knowing that our platform can securely support countries’ identity schemes perfectly positions us to help banks and other organizations relying on e-ID across the region,” Labuschagne concludes.

In addition to the benefits associated with the BankID partnership, Entersekt’s track record in customer authentication can also help banks leverage other leading solutions, like FIDO authentication.

 

Identity Week 2021 to focus on ID verticals

Identity Week 2021 to focus on ID verticals

Prominent governmental speakers and senior industry identity experts are set to give attendees at the upcoming Identity Week 2021 an unprecedented level of insight into the post-COVID digital identity landscape.

The industry-leading event’s return to an in-person conference at the ExCeL Centre on 22-23 September will feature some of the greatest minds in the identity space live, and they’ll be sharing their vision for the future of identification, verification and authentication.

“Identity Week 2021 is just around the corner, and we are going to be back with a bang,” lead conference organiser, M Hassan, told IdentityWeek.net. “We are exploring the trends in document fraud, the developments in Mobile ID as well as assessing and reflecting on document security innovations”.

Identity in the verticals

For the first time, the event will look at the ID space from the perspective of verticals such as Health, Retail and Travel, added M Hassan.

“ID in Health will look at verifiable health credentials, ID in Retail will explore the use of digital identity in ecommerce to prevent fraud, and ID in Travel will delve into the role of biometrics and contactless technologies in opening up travel while efficiently inhibiting international criminal activity.”

Enterprise identity

Identity and Access Management will also be a key theme, with a focus on the value of Zero Trust Frameworks as well as artificial intelligence. Digital onboarding will be explored from the perspective of both customers and citizens. We’ll also look into the future potential for decentralised identity in enabling a safer way to managing use of personal digital identities.

Keynotes include Nick Godfrey, Head of CISO Office, Google Cloud, and Rod Boothby, Global Head of Identity, Santander.

Sessions such as “Inclusion in the ID Ecosystem: Who needs help and how?”, will feature Jim Purves, Head of Identity Solutions, Post Office and Nick Mothershaw, CEO, Open Identity Exchange.

Meanwhile, a panel on “Leveraging Digital identity as the key to digital transformation within financial services,” will feature Shiv Aggarwal, European Lead, Global Blockchain Association”.

For more information on attending, see here.

Veridium works with NIST on contactless tech

Veridium works with NIST on contactless tech

In March 2021, the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released Special Publication 500-334, which provides guidance on implementing the technology that allows the use of contactless fingerprints acquired via the camera in mobile devices (e.g., an Android or iOS mobile phone) to be stored, transmitted, and matched against legacy fingerprint databases operated by law enforcement and border protection services. Together with NIST and other industry partners, Veridium, a leader in the development of user-centric authentication solutions, is proud to have played an important role in supporting this guidance by helping NIST develop, measure, and test contactless fingerprint technologies, enabling wide deployment and interoperation with existing backend services.

Charles Kolodgy, Principal at Security Mindsets, said, “NIST’s best practice recommendation advances the use of contactless captured friction ridge imagery for quick and verifiable identification. At the same time stakeholders have a choice to incorporate this new model of contactless capture while preserving the integrity and separation of the legacy friction ridge infrastructure.”

In many instances, fingerprints are required to verify your identity to access critical services, enter secure areas like airport terminals, or assume a trusted job like airline pilot or healthcare provider in a hospital. Fingerprints play a critical role because they are highly unique (even amongst twins). Until recently, however, only specialized equipment could be used to acquire fingerprints. Standards developed in the 1980s are still being used to certify devices around the world including single finger readers, glass-plate “slap” readers and conductive metal surface readers – all of which require physical contact of your finger and hands to touch, press and acquire fingerprint information.

Contactless mobile fingerprint capture eliminates specialized hardware because much of the process can be performed on your own device. It also enhances privacy as there is no need for collection and storage by a chain of intermediary service providers. Your device can communicate directly with the trusted identity service that purges the data after verification.

Veridium CTO, Dr. John Callahan, said, “We are proud to participate in the NIST Contactless Fingerprint CRADA since 2015. The new standards open many new doors as many countries around the globe require fingerprints for access to social services from remote and underserved areas. Contactless acquisition makes this possible with the use of existing mobile services, without requiring specialized hardware.”

Veridium’s 4 Fingers technology is leading the way in the acquisition of high-quality contactless fingerprint capture and matching. The new standard from NIST opens up new applications for the use of high-quality contactless fingerprints (e.g. remote identity verification, remote employee and contractor onboarding, account recovery, know your customer (KYC), know your applicant, etc.), especially important in an era of digital first and self-service centric interactions. Before today, individuals had to physically report to a fingerprinting facility operated by a vendor or local police department. With Veridium 4 Fingers, you can use your mobile phone to satisfy this requirement remotely, any time, anywhere.

Veridium CEO, Ismet Geri, said, “We are proud to help advance the state of contactless biometric acquisition and matching. Veridium 4 Fingers, along with vFace, Veridium’s facial recognition platform, provides a device agnostic mechanism to use biometrics for strong passwordless authentication in addition to identity verification.” Geri further stated, “Looking forward, Veridium and its partners are working on creating more applications of our technology for fast matching between a live capture and NFC-enabled passport, crypto-biometric key management for cryptocurrency wallets, anti human-trafficking control using infield biometric validation, and wilderness border crossing and checkpoint validation against known watchlists.”

 

Alcatraz AI announces partnership with Switched On Space

Alcatraz AI announces partnership with Switched On Space

Alcatraz AI, the leader in physical security technologies, has announced today that they are partnering with Switched On Space, an information technology and services company, to bring autonomous access control to international markets. This new strategic partnership with Switched On Space will provide greater exposure and expand Alcatraz AI’s facial authentication solutions to create safe spaces in buildings to the growing UK and Europe markets.

Alcatraz AI’s facial authentication solution combines advanced AI and 3D sensing technologies that provide facilities with enterprise-grade identity authentication needed to secure who can access a space. Its state-of-the-art security features include touchless and multi-factor authentication, video at the door, and intelligent tailgating detection. Its access control solution, The Rock, effectively detects tailgating and sends “real-time alerts” if an unauthorized person enters, and it sends real-time notifications to ACS/VMS, making spaces safe and secure.

“Switched on Space provides the best-in-class technology and top-class security solutions to their clients in the UK  and Europe. Alcatraz AI will now achieve a broader customer base in the UK and European market,” said Tina D’Agostin, CEO of Alcatraz AI. “We are thrilled to work with Switched On Space, as they are as passionate as we are about utilizing new technologies to create smart buildings.”

“We are excited to announce our partnership with Alcatraz AI as this will vastly improve our overall security systems here in the UK as well as throughout Europe,” said Gaby Fraser, Project Manager of Switched On Space. “We believe that this technology will improve our world, environment, and our lives. Given the recent events of the past year, it is now more important than ever to navigate spaces safely. Alcatraz AI achieves the perfect fit for us and what we are trying to achieve with our technology.”

Imprivata and Microsoft to unveil digital ID solutions

Imprivata and Microsoft to unveil digital ID solutions

Imprivata, a digital identity company for healthcare, today announced the availability of two of its flagship digital identity solutions on Microsoft Azure. The expansion of Imprivata OneSign and Imprivata Confirm ID to the cloud fortifies the company’s focus on advancing digital transformation efforts for healthcare organizations looking to enhance security and clinical efficiency with cloud scalability. Additionally, it builds on Imprivata’s existing collaboration with Microsoft, which include its identity governance solution for Microsoft Azure and Healthcare Seamless SSO, among others.

“We’re pleased to extend our digital identity capabilities to the cloud while deepening our partnership with Microsoft,” said Gus Malezis, CEO at Imprivata. “Through Imprivata OneSign and Confirm ID, healthcare organizations can securely and conveniently access clinical applications and patient information both inside and outside of the hospital, and from any device, so they can focus on what matters most: delivering high quality patient care.”

With a simple badge-tap or fingerprint scan, Imprivata OneSign for Microsoft Azure enables healthcare organizations to deliver SSO from any device and any location for every end-user, with fast and secure access to on-premises, legacy, and SAML 2.0 cloud apps from private or shared workstations, virtual desktops, and mobile devices.

Imprivata Confirm ID provides comprehensive identity proofing, credential enrollment, and recordkeeping to meet DEA requirements for EPCS while delivering fast, secure, and seamless multifactor authentication for all workflows via flexible options such as Hands-Free Authentication, push token notifications, and biometrics.

“This latest collaboration with Imprivata takes us one step further in our continued push to help healthcare advance its digital transformation journey through tight integrations that fit the unique needs of our hybrid healthcare customers,” said Randy Nale, Director, US Healthcare Industry Solutions at Microsoft. “We look forward to working with Imprivata as we continue to innovate to provide joint digital identity solutions that are purpose-built for hybrid healthcare.”

The solutions are available now via Imprivata or, as a managed-service offering, from its partner, Coretek Services, a systems integration, IT consulting, and managed services firm. Coretek CTO Brian Barnes said, “Coretek’s strategic partnership with Imprivata and ‘born in the cloud’ service offerings combine the power of Microsoft Azure for agility, security, and scale.”

FPC seals biometric payment card partnership in India

FPC seals biometric payment card partnership in India

Swedish biometrics company, Fingerprint Cards  and Seshaasai, a smart card manufacturer in India with a commanding APAC presence, have entered into an agreement to develop, launch, market, and sell contactless biometric payment cards in India and APAC. The card will feature Fingerprints’ T-Shape® module and software platform, which has ultra-low power consumption and is tailored to be integrated in payment cards using standard automated manufacturing processes.

“We are pleased to collaborate with Seshaasai, being a leading and award-winning card manufacturer, and one of the best tech brands in the BFSI space in India. This collaboration will bring consumers in India a more secure, safe and easy payment experience”, says Michel Roig, SVP Business Line Payments & Access at Fingerprints.

India had 25.5 billion real time payment transactions in 2020, more than any other country in the world, and digital payment is estimated to account for 71 percent of overall payment volumes by 2025. According to the Reserve Bank of India there were 906 million debit cards and 62 million credit cards in circulation in June 2021. Contactless and digital payments are growing fast in India, as consumers are choosing touch-free, safe and seamless ways to pay. Adding biometrics to the contactless payment card will increase the security needed to remove the cap, currently at Rs 5,000 (approx. €57), completely and allow for hygienic and worriless contactless payments for all transactions.

“We selected Fingerprints’ biometric solution as they have the leading technology in the market. It offers proven biometric performance and the lowest power consumption, features which are of the highest importance for contactless biometric cards. Introducing biometric payment cards offers great benefits for banks, merchants and consumers alike, as contactless payments in India and APAC continue to grow quickly, especially in the post-covid world“, says Pragnyat Lalwani, Founder Director, Seshaasai.

Florida chooses BIO-key’s PortalGuard Identity

Florida chooses BIO-key’s PortalGuard Identity

BIO-key International, a provider of workforce and customer identity and access management (IAM) solutions featuring Identity-Bound Biometrics, (IBB), today announced that Florida’s Orange County Supervisor of Elections Office has selected BIO-key’s PortalGuard Identity and Access Management platform to provide secure, multi-factor authentication (MFA) and access to voter data and files in Florida’s fifth-largest county. The decision builds on the Office’s earlier deployment of BIO-key’s fingerprint biometric solutions

Based on the County’s evolving security requirements, its Supervisor of Elections Office chose PortalGuard because of its unique support for sixteen strong, multi-factor authentication methods, including advanced biometric authentication, and to leverage its earlier investment in BIO-key’s FIPS-compliant fingerprint scanners for government security applications. The Orange County Supervisor of Elections Office is comprised of a broad spectrum of full and part-time employees and volunteers, often in shared workstation environments, making secure MFA access to workstations an essential requirement. The large influx of new staff members during election cycles calls for an authentication solution that is secure, efficient, and easily adaptable in managing access to mission-critical election data and providing a clear user access audit trail.

BIO-key’s PortalGuard IAM and IBB security platform is ideal for election applications because it is affordable, easy to deploy and manage, and supports cutting edge biometric authentication to deliver the highest level of data security to protect the integrity of elections. BIO-key meets or exceeds the strictest authentication requirements while also meeting disciplined IT resource investment goals. For election security, IBB is a better alternative to user-controlled, device-based biometric methods, ensuring that only an authentic user can access their online identity, preventing information from being accessed by unauthorized users or hackers.

“Our expanding engagement with leading County Supervisor of Elections Offices confirms that we understand their unique security use cases and that our tailored IAM solutions meet their needs. We have forged an election security program that is seamless, easy to launch, and able to support a wide array of authentications options. PortalGuard IAM with Identity-Bound Biometrics has proven to be highly desirable for organizations that require an enterprise-grade access security solution,” said Mike DePasquale, Chairman and CEO of BIO-key International. “BIO-key enables election officials to meet the challenges of an evolving threat landscape in an easy to deploy and cost-effective manner.”

Identity Strategy Partners awarded US Army innovation award

Identity Strategy Partners awarded US Army innovation award

Identity Strategy Partners (IdSP) has been awarded a Phase 1 U.S. Army Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) project to enable the development of a next-generation secure and contactless biometric physical access control solutions known collectively as the Pandemic Entry & Automated Control Environment (PEACE).

The PEACE project aims to create a biometrically-enabled access control solution that leverages existing U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) data to achieve an automated, secure, accelerated entry environment for physical access while incorporating solutions to the health issues highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Phase 1 will see the creation of an enterprise-grade end-to-end face recognition-based solution. Subsequent phases are anticipated to lead to production of a commercially-viable product customized to U.S. Army requirements.

“We are excited to help the U.S. Army move beyond reliance on physical Common Access Cards, enabling its personnel to gain access to authorized spaces in a hygienic, secure and rapid way. We will achieve this by integrating innovative access control processes and best-of-breed biometric technologies with existing DOD infrastructure.” – Janice Kephart, CEO, Identity Strategy Partners

PEACE will address different physical access scenarios. It aims to eliminate the need for personnel to use the Common Access Card (“CAC card”), the standard identification card for both uniformed and civilian DOD personnel, for routine access tasks. The current card-based system is robust yet slow, leading to long lines, presents hygiene risks to supervising officers and personnel entering buildings, yet has scope to incorporate next-generation technology and security. Through this SBIR, Team IdSP will help speed and simplify access, and reduce risk of pandemic exposure, to the potential benefit of all DOD personnel.

Vouched closes $4.5mn round

Vouched closes $4.5mn round

Vouched, the developer of proprietary, AI-powered, real-time identity verification services, today announced it has closed a $4.5M funding round. The financing, led by leading digital tech entrepreneur Darrell Cavens, alongside strategic investments from both banking and legal services firms, accelerates the dynamic growth of the business.

“Governments, businesses and consumers alike are increasingly moving their activities online,” said John Baird, Co-founder and CEO of Vouched. “We’re standing at the precipice of a purely digital world, and being able to verify identity online is both crucial, and increasingly complicated: the traditional understanding of identity, which rests wholly on in-person examination, no longer exists. Yet, access to our most important services – banking, healthcare, employment, government aid – requires it. There is a huge need for fast, rigorous, accurate and compliant online verification. That’s what Vouched does.”

 

“Vouched is moving online identification forward at a very rapid pace, and I believe it’s exactly what so many businesses, governments, and consumers need,” said Darrell Cavens. “Knowing, with precision, who a customer is will unlock dozens of crucial services to be offered digitally.”

The ongoing migration to digital interactions between businesses and their customers created robust demand for the Vouched digital ID verification service. The COVID pandemic acted as an accelerant, as the demand for touchless ID verification on a global scale became a necessity across virtually every industry. Now, it is clear to businesses around the world that fast, accurate online identification is a competitive advantage.

“Our I.D. verification system enables faster, safer, hassle-free transactions for any interaction where identification matters. Whether you’re trying to set up a bank account online, check into a hotel room without waiting in line, or simply get information from your doctor, Vouched solves the problem of proving that you’re you,” Baird added. “As hotels, retail banks and other consumer-facing businesses discover and adopt this technology, I don’t see a return to analog verification models.”

To date, the firm has verified the identities of nearly 3 million individuals worldwide and serves more than 150 companies in numerous verticals, including banking, fintech, healthcare, telemedicine, legal, car rentals, travel/hotel, ecommerce, art purchasing, wire transfers, and employment recruiting and screening. Vouched’s management team and investors—including leading digital tech entrepreneur Darrell Cavens, with added support from Mark Vadon, Bankers Healthcare Group, and Professional Bank—now recognize the potential to verify hundreds of millions of citizen identities globally.

“We brought together a dynamic array of innovators and investors,” said Baird. “Darrell and Mark are legendary industry disruptors and builders. Our strategic partners in banking and law will likewise be crucial partners in our effort to accelerate Vouched’s worldwide identity platform: banking, because it powers all economic activity and relies upon identity for every transaction, and legal, because it defines identity.”

CU NextGen launches authID’s Identity Services

CU NextGen launches authID’s Identity Services

As financial institutions look to strengthen and simplify identity verification and secure authentication, today, authID.ai (formerly Ipsidy), a leading provider of secure, mobile, biometric identity verification and authentication solutions, announced that CU NextGen has integrated with its Identity as a Service (IDaaS) platform. CU NextGen is a CUSO dedicated to delivering leading-edge and customizable technology and support to more than 40 credit unions across the United States, ensuring deeper and lasting relationships with employees, members, and communities.

Through this new partnership, CU NextGen has begun roll-out of authID’s identity services with its first credit union with plans for further expansion to additional credit unions across the United States. CU NextGen is leveraging authID’s biometric identity authentication solution to transform the way its credit union clients recognize their members—both digitally and in-person, with similar, consistent experiences.

“authID is committed to helping financial services companies combat identity fraud by knowing with biometric certainty who is transacting on their platform,” said Tom Thimot CEO of authID.ai. “authID’s solutions enable CU NextGen to deliver upon its promise of bringing the highest levels of identity assurance and providing frictionless experiences that now allow credit union members to verify identity whether in-branch or online with similar practices in either setting.”

CU NextGen selected the authID IDaaS platform to mitigate identity fraud and enhance the security of its credit unions’ banking platforms. The integration will enable CU NextGen to implement authID’s Proof™ to provide its credit unions with the basis of trusted identity for digital and in-person new customer onboarding events. Proof delivers seamless identity verification with quick, mobile identity document capture and tamper check, liveness confirmation and facial biometric matching of a selfie to the identity credential photo. Proof confirms the rightful owner of the document is present and applying for an account.

 “We empower our clients to own their member and employee experiences, and one of the ways we have done that is by creating custom interfaces for new customer onboarding. Of course, the need for strong identity verification and secure authentication is critical to that process,” said Kent Zimmer, CEO of CU NextGen. “By adding authID’s biometric identity services to our platform, we can help our members reduce risk, deliver enhanced identity trust, and offer the seamless convenience of passwordless login for credit union members.”

Keyless achieves both FIDO Biometrics and FIDO2 Certification

Keyless achieves both FIDO Biometrics and FIDO2 Certification

Keyless Technologies, the privacy-preserving, identity company, today announced FIDO2 Certification for its proprietary biometrics technology. This comes just months after Keyless became one of only seven providers globally to receive FIDO Biometrics Certification, validating that Keyless’ facial recognition technology meets industry standards for user verification and spoofing detection accuracy. Achieving certification in both Biometrics and FIDO2, confirms that Keyless’ biometric authentication software meets the highest global standards for authentication and makes Keyless unique in a market which is demanding ever more security, privacy and crucially interoperability, all whilst simplifying and enhancing user experience.

The Keyless biometrics platform enables organizations to deploy passwordless and multi-factor authentication solutions. The platform eliminates the need to store and manage sensitive information, enabling organizations to protect their users with one, simple action, via a quick, intuitive user experience. The technology combines multi-modal biometrics with advanced cryptography, leveraging a distributed cloud architecture. Due to the way Keyless leverages these technologies, privacy is preserved for the user and regulatory requirements, such as GDPR and PSD2 are not just met, but exceeded. This has a meaningful impact not just for employees, but for organizations relying on strong customer authentication in areas such as mobile banking and payments.

Also, there is no need to rely on the device hardware or operating system, which means organizations can innovate and deploy their applications and services faster, regardless of which devices their employees use – for example replacing hardware tokens and instead using mobile phones as security keys.

“In today’s digital world, the average person needs to remember more than 100 passwords so it’s no wonder that Verizon attributes 84% of security breaches to compromised passwords. Organizations are now working to adopt zero-trust, identity-first security to protect their users and our mission at Keyless is to make accessing digital services seamless, safe and private from any device. Achieving these two certifications from The FIDO Alliance is a crucial step on that journey and we’re proud to be the first to bring the next generation of biometric authentication to the market,” said Andrea Carmignani, CEO and Co-Founder at Keyless.

Keyless is integrating the FIDO2 certified technology into both its workforce and consumer offerings, enabling organizations to choose whether to use FIDO2 when implementing Keyless for employees or consumers.

IDEMIA’s GREENPAY cards certified by Mastercard as sustainable

IDEMIA’s GREENPAY cards certified by Mastercard as sustainable

IDEMIA has received sustainable card certification from Mastercard. The sustainable cards program is part of Mastercard’s efforts to support an inclusive, sustainable digital economy; and encourages vendors and issuers to produce cards made from more sustainable materials. This certification allows the Mastercard sustainable card badge to be displayed on IDEMIA’s GREENPAY cards, which are made of recycled PVC.

In response to rising consumer awareness of environmental issues and a deep commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, IDEMIA has reimagined an iconic product: the payment card. Its new eco-card is made of recycled PVC plastics.

To display the Mastercard sustainable card badge, a card must meaningfully reduce energy consumption, material consumption, carbon footprint and/or waste. Clearly displayed on payment cards that meet the standard, the badge reassures consumers that their bank’s environmental ethos aligns with their own.

Payment cards have been historically constructed using several layers of PVC. However, IDEMIA has reimagined the way it sources, produces, and distributes its products to minimize its impact on the planet’s precious resources and to support issuers’ ambitions in achieving their sustainability goals.

IDEMIA applies an end-to-end sustainability approach to the entire payment card lifecycle, including digital customer onboarding, card personalization, and fulfillment. GREENPAY dramatically decreases the carbon footprint of payment cards and any residual footprint.

We are proud to have our recycled plastic cards certified as more sustainable by Mastercard. At IDEMIA, we take sustainable development very seriously and are using our expertise to create and promote more responsible and environmentally friendly solutions through GREENPAY, our portfolio of sustainable solutions for financial institutions. This certification confirms our objective to provide green solutions that help protect our planet.
Amanda Gourbault, IDEMIA Executive VP Financial Institutions

With the Mastercard sustainable card badge and certification, consumers are empowered to make eco-friendly choices and issuers know they are working with materials that help towards their ESG goals. Together, with IDEMIA and our other vendor and issuer partners, we have a real chance to bring trust to sustainable choices as we collectively move towards a more circular economy.
Paul Trueman, Senior Vice President, Cyber & Intelligence, Mastercard

Aware’s Knomi addresses demand for touchless solutions

Aware’s Knomi addresses demand for touchless solutions

Aware, a global provider of biometrics software products, solutions and services, announces that its mobile biometric authentication platform, Knomi, is fully configured for a variety of touchless applications needed today. With offices and buildings reopening in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, the importance of easily integrated, touchless authentication solutions has never been greater. Knomi meets this need directly as a trusted, flexible, secure and contactless biometric solution for a variety of use cases.

Since the onset of Covid-19, the general population is more aware than ever as to how the frequency of interactions per day put them in contact – and risk – for virus spreading. Shared touchscreens and kiosks can retain viruses, as well as create a slow, cumbersome authentication process that produces lines and close quarter waiting, jeopardizing social distancing guidelines. As industries felt the impact of the global pandemic, the workforce, travel and hospitality groups saw a particularly significant decline. Even with post-Covid travel making a comeback with return to office plans being put in place and entertainment venues reopening, hesitation persists with consumers demanding mobile solutions that reduce – or mitigate – the need for in-person engagements that may jeopardize their health. By incorporating biometrics into visitor management, border control, and mobile authentication workflows, these demands can be addressed directly, granting users access to their accounts and offices quickly, safely and confidently.

“The demand for touchless authentication solutions has never been higher, and we’re proud to have a trusted solution in Knomi that meets this demand immediately,” said Bob Eckel, president and chief executive officer of Aware, Inc. “Knomi’s industry-leading face and voice biometrics already provide our customers with a convenient and flexible authentication solution that replaces fraud-prone passwords. But it is also an ideal solution for touchless workflows as well, providing world class authentication without the need for shared touchpoints, while providing our customers and users with some much-needed peace of mind after Covid.”

The Knomi mobile biometric authentication platform uses mobile devices and browsers to provide a trusted registration process and authenticate users safely, securely and conveniently. With industry-leading face and voice recognition, passive liveness detection, and flexible device-, server-, and browser-based options, Knomi is a secure, convenient customer onboarding and authentication platform for virtually any use case.

Companies and organizations interested in touchless authentication solutions can expect to address the following use cases and benefits with Knomi:

  • Visitor management: Enroll and authenticate visitors and employees securely, conveniently and safely with Aware’s touchless, biometrically-powered visitor and employee management solutions. With Aware, visitor management providers can use existing devices or kiosks to conduct biometric matching and liveness detection at check-in, providing a safe, secure and convenient visitor and employee access experience.
  • Border and transportation management: Authenticate and process travelers quickly and frictionlessly without the need for shared touchpoints. Knomi’s industry-leading face and voice matching and liveness is highly secure and entirely contactless, providing increased security and peace of mind for travelers and authorities alike.
  • Venue access management: Welcome visitors to large-scale venues conveniently and touchlessly with biometrically-powered onboarding and authentication solutions from Aware. Enable secure, streamlined access to popular locations such as concert halls and sports arenas without the need for physical tickets or long lines, and provide a more convenient option for age-dependent purchases with built-in identity assurance.
ForgeRock announces new chief people officer

ForgeRock announces new chief people officer

ForgeRock, a global digital identity leader, today announced that Tschudy Smith has been named as the company’s new Chief People Officer. Tschudy will lead all areas of talent strategy, including employee experience, rewards, attraction, retention, development, diversity and inclusion for ForgeRock’s rapidly growing global workforce of more than 760 employees.

“For two decades, Tschudy has been at the forefront of solving complex problems at scale across industries from distribution to software, services and networking. She has an unshakeable belief in success and clarity on how to achieve it” said ForgeRock CEO Fran Rosch. “People are at the heart of every great company. Winning as a team with the world’s best talent is the heart of ForgeRock. Tschudy’s reputation for creating trusted partnerships with businesses and leaders, commitment to mentorship and investing in talent is an incredible asset to ForgeRock’s purpose of building a strong, diverse culture, helping our customers succeed and helping people simply and safely access the connected world.”

Tschudy joins ForgeRock from Cisco where she served as Senior Vice President of People and Communities, overseeing people, talent, rewards, recruiting and leadership development strategies for the company’s Customer Experience, Operations and Global Sales, Marketing and Partner organizations. Prior to Cisco, Tschudy was a Senior Leader in Human Resources at AOL/Time Warner, having started her path to the company with Netscape Communications.

“ForgeRock is a global leader in enabling the intuitive employee and customer experiences that matter most to companies today,” Tschudy said. “Fran and his team have built ForgeRock into one of the most respected enterprise identity leaders, becoming a trusted strategic partner helping businesses run digitally. ForgeRock’s combination of talented people, values which drive their culture and unmatched platform and product innovation is very compelling. I could not be more excited to join the team and help lead ForgeRock in its vision to make online experiences feel more natural and more secure.”

Imageware and Four Points Technology win $2.7 million VA contract

Imageware and Four Points Technology win $2.7 million VA contract

ImageWare, a leader in biometric identification and authentication, and Four Points Technology, a partner/reseller, was awarded a three-year, $2.7 million contract by The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) under Four Points Technology’s NASA SEWP V contract for support of its Personal Identification Verification card program.

The contract is for software and support services that are required to deliver biometrically-enabled credentials to the PIV smart cards. It covers a total of one base year with two, one-year option periods to provide biometric leasing support and enhanced security for contractors, employees, and agency facilities.

“We are pleased to play a vital role in the largest implementation of biometric smart cards, with over 1,089,000 installations, inside the federal government,” said Company CEO Kristin Taylor. “Imageware’s track record of consistently winning awards with the VA in this decade-plus relationship showcases our reliability and the effectiveness of our biometric identification systems. Large commercial enterprises and government agencies like the VA need an identity management solution that provides flexible capabilities to meet ever-changing business security requirements, and ImageWare provides just that in our open-architected and patented Biometric Engine. We appreciate the strong rapport we’ve received from the VA and look forward to continue providing dependable biometrics support and security solutions over the coming years.”

Jason Goldberg, VP, Sales at Four Points Technology added: “We are committed to working with the VA to meet their critical identity management and security mandates, of which the Imageware solution is an integral piece. This contract is a new instance but is an ongoing partnership between Four Points, Imageware and the VA for the past several years.”

Welcome to Identityweek.net

Welcome to Identityweek.net

Identityweek.net launched this week as the new home of everything related to identity technologies, concepts and standards. The timing is apt – getting the digitalisation of identity right is rising as one of our planet’s biggest challenges.

Our news portal welcomes past readers of Security Document World and Planet Biometrics to a newer, better, bolder and more incisive platform that consolidates all the must-read news in our sector. A Digital Identity channel has also been added that covers all the critical issues in that emerging sector.

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Senators demand detail on Amazon’s biometric data collection

Senators demand detail on Amazon’s biometric data collection

U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Jon Ossoff (D-GA) requested information about Amazon’s data collection practices involving biometrics in a letter to Amazon CEO Andy Jassy. The senators expressed concerns about the company’s use of data gathered by Amazon One, the company’s palm-print recognition and payment system.

The letter follows reports of Amazon offering credits to consumers to share their biometric data with Amazon One. Amazon has also announced that it is planning to expand the program, including potentially selling Amazon One technology to third-party stores.

“Amazon’s expansion of biometric data collection through Amazon One raises serious questions about Amazon’s plans for this data and its respect for user privacy, including about how Amazon may use the data for advertising and tracking purposes,” the senators wrote.

“Amazon One users may experience harms if their data is not kept secure. In contrast with biometric systems like Apple’s Face ID and Touch ID or Samsung Pass, which store biometric information on a user’s device, Amazon One reportedly uploads biometric information to the cloud, raising unique security risks…Data security is particularly important when it comes to immutable customer data, like palm prints,” the senators continued.

Read the full letter here or below:

Dear Mr. Jassy:

We write regarding concerns about Amazon’s recent expansion and promotion of Amazon One, a palm print recognition system, and to request information about the actions Amazon is taking to protect user data privacy and security.

Amazon One appears to be a biometric data recognition system that allows consumers to pay for their purchases in grocery stores, book stores, and other retail settings using their palm print. Consumers can enroll in the program at any location with an Amazon One device by scanning one or both palms and entering their phone and credit card information. Amazon One devices are currently in use in more than 50 retail locations throughout the United States, including in Minnesota. Locations with the technology currently include Amazon Go stores, Whole Foods locations, and other Amazon stores.

Recent reports indicate that Amazon is incentivizing consumers to share their biometric information with Amazon One by offering a $10 promotional credit for Amazon.com products. Amazon has also announced that they have plans to expand Amazon One, which may include introducing the technology in other Amazon stores as well as selling it to third-party stores. Amazon’s expansion of biometric data collection through Amazon One raises serious questions about Amazon’s plans for this data and its respect for user privacy, including about how Amazon may use the data for advertising and tracking purposes.

Offering products from home devices to health services, Amazon possesses a tremendous amount of user data on the activities of hundreds of millions of Americans. Our concerns about user privacy are heightened by evidence that Amazon shared voice data with third-party contractors and allegations that Amazon has violated biometric privacy laws. We are also concerned that Amazon may use data from Amazon One, including data from third-party customers that may purchase and use Amazon One devices, to further cement its competitive power and suppress competition across various markets.

Amazon One users may experience harms if their data is not kept secure. In contrast with biometric systems like Apple’s Face ID and Touch ID or Samsung Pass, which store biometric information on a user’s device, Amazon One reportedly uploads biometric information to the cloud, raising unique security risks. Like many companies, Amazon has been affected by hacks and vulnerabilities that have exposed sensitive information, such as user emails. Amazon’s various home device systems have leaked information or been hacked, as highlighted in a recent letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) from 48 advocacy organizations. Company whistleblowers earlier this year also raised concerns about Amazon’s security practices. Data security is particularly important when it comes to immutable customer data, like palm prints.

In light of these issues, we respectfully ask that you provide written answers to the following questions by August 26, 2021:

  1. Does Amazon have plans to expand Amazon One to additional Whole Foods, Amazon Go, and other Amazon store locations, and if so, on what timetable?
  2. How many third-party customers has Amazon sold (or licensed) Amazon One to? What privacy protections are in place for those third parties and their customers?
  3. How many users have signed up for Amazon One?
  4. Please describe all the ways you use data collected through Amazon One, including from third-party customers. Do you plan to use data collected through Amazon One devices to personalize advertisements, offers, or product recommendations to users?
  5. Is Amazon One user data, including the Amazon One ID, ever paired with biometric data from facial recognition systems?
  6. What information do you provide to consumers about how their data is being used? How will you ensure users understand and consent to Amazon One’s data collection, storage, and use practices when they link their Amazon One and Amazon account information?
  7. What actions have you taken to ensure the security of user data collected through Amazon One?

 

Ensuring the security of user data and protecting consumer privacy are of the utmost concern. We look forward to your prompt responses.

iDenfy announces partnership with Sparlay

iDenfy announces partnership with Sparlay

iDenfy, a global identity verification service that provides a secure and reliable solution to instantly verify consumers identity online, announced its partnership with Sparlay today. Sparlay is a free peer-to-peer sports betting platform that allows bettors to choose their own lines, spreads, odds and even challenge specific users or the public in sports bets. 

Sports betting is one of the most highly regulated industries, with every country establishing different laws and regulations around the industry. Using iDenfy’s identity verification technology, Sparlay will be able to ensure that only users that are in legal territories will be able to deposit money and wager real funds in the application. 

Sparlay CEO and Founder Elliott Workman emphasized the security of the app in result of the partnership with iDenfy, “iDenfy was an easy choice – affordable pricing and a very technical platform that I can depend on. My customers feel safe knowing that they can play on Sparlay legally and fairly. In addition to verifying my customers’ identity, iDenfy also runs the users against anti-terrorist and anti-money laundering watchlists, helping keep me and my customers fully protected.”

iDenfy CEO Domantas Ciulde welcomed Sparlay as its latest addition to the iDenfy portfolio saying, “This partnership allows us to continue expanding into the gaming industry where safety and security are essential. We have full confidence in the capabilities of our identity verification technology to aid in safe online betting and are excited to enable Sparlay to grow in result of our partnership.”

CBP, cruise lines partner to modernize entry process with facial biometrics

CBP, cruise lines partner to modernize entry process with facial biometrics

As cruise travel resumes this summer following suspension due to COVID-19, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is working with the cruise industry to make travel safer and more efficient.

As a model of CBP’s successful public-private partnerships, CBP worked closely with major cruise lines to implement facial biometric comparison technology in the arrival process at select seaports to further secure and enhance the inspection process for passengers returning to the United States at the end of their cruise.

“CBP and its cruise partners have revolutionized the cruise debarkation process for all travelers through facial biometrics and enhanced traveler processes,” said Diane J. Sabatino, Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner of Field Operations at U.S. Customs and Border Protection. “As part of the travel recovery efforts, travelers have the benefit of secure, touchless and streamlined entry procedures into the United States while CBP protects the privacy of all travelers.”

Already in use at major air and land Ports of Entry (POEs), facial biometrics in the cruise environment will strengthen CBP’s enforcement capabilities at several of the nation’s cruise ports while also enhancing the customer experience. Additionally, CBP and its cruise partners have expanded data sharing agreements to further strengthen security in cruise travel.

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), which represents more than 90% of global ocean-going cruise capacity, joined CBP in recognizing the importance of public-private partnership in enhancing the cruise experience and advancing the restart of operations from U.S. ports.

“The health, safety and security of passengers, crewmembers and the communities we visit is the cruise industry’s top priority and, to that end, the use of biometric technology in cruise terminals is showing impressive results,” said Kelly Craighead, president and CEO of CLIA. “On behalf of the entire cruise community, CLIA looks forward to continuing to work in partnership with the U.S. Government to further advance the responsible return to service from U.S. ports, which is putting Americans back to work and offering travelers one of the best ways to experience the world.”

To date, facial biometric comparison technology is available at 12 seaports across the United States and has been successfully used to process arriving passengers on most cruise vessels that have resumed sailings in Florida and Texas.

“As we build back the travel industry, biometric technology will play an increasingly important role in ensuring a modern and more secure and efficient travel system for all,” said U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy Tori Emerson Barnes. “U.S. Travel commends CBP and its cruise line partners for their work to implement this important technology and safely restart cruising, a vital sector of the U.S. travel economy.”

The enhanced arrival process using facial biometrics verifies the traveler’s identity within two seconds and is more than 98 percent accurate. When debarking the cruise vessel at a U.S, seaport, passengers will pause for a photo that will be compared to the traveler’s existing passport or visa photo in secure DHS systems to biometrically verify their identity. Upon an efficient match, passengers collect their baggage and proceed through inspections and exit the terminal. U.S. travelers and select foreign nationals who are not required to provide biometrics and wish to opt out of the new biometric process can simply request a manual document check from a CBP Officer.

If a traveler cannot be matched to a photo on record through facial biometrics, the traveler will proceed through the traditional inspection process consistent with existing requirements for admission into the United States.

Currently, more than 88 million travelers have participated in the biometric facial comparison process at air, land, and sea Ports of Entry. Since September 2018, CBP has leveraged facial biometrics to prevent more than 850 impostors using genuine travel documents from illegally entering the United States at air and land Ports of Entry. More information on biometric facial comparison technology can be found here.

Thales named a leader in advanced authentication

Thales named a leader in advanced authentication

Thales has been named a leader in advanced authentication for identity security in a new IDC MarketScape report. The report, “IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Advanced Authentication for Identity Security 2021 Vendor Assessment” is a quantitative and qualitative assessment of organizations that offer advanced authentication security software across the globe based on revenue, technology, endpoints and surveyed customers using these technologies in 2020.

IDC recognized Thales for its ability to offer a range of products spanning the digital and physical worlds using three business units to address workforce, B2C, and B2G opportunities. In addition, the IDC MarketScape highlighted Thales’ capacity to deliver unique capabilities to large enterprises as well as its ability to support every form of authentication technology available in the market.

Thales’ SafeNet Trusted Access simplifies user access to cloud services, streamlines authentication and access management and helps eliminate password hassles for enterprises and end-users.

“Helping restore order from chaos, multifactor identity solutions are available in the form of the simple to the extremely complex,” said Jay Bretzmann, program director, Cybersecurity research, IDC. “The challenge users face is buying enough capability now without eliminating a route to a truly passwordless future complementing a zero trust networking environment. Thales is a good choice when your organization needs to support a broad range of authentication devices including advanced biometrics and increasingly sophisticated AI-driven and contextual user insights.”

“With new work habits and increased needs to address multiple authentication journeys for all types of users, large enterprises are finally realising that one-size fit all options to authentication are coming short. By combining various modern user authentication options as part of its comprehensive access management offer, Thales is making it easier for organisations to expand authentication coverage tailored to the need,” said Francois Lasnier, Vice President of Access Management Solutions at Thales. “It’s hugely rewarding to be recognised by IDC as a leader in advanced authentication for identity security. This recognition exemplifies Thales’ strong offering within the market and our continued commitment to meeting our customers’ ever more complex access security needs.”

Thales was positioned in the Leaders category based on the broad range of products spanning the physical and digital space, across its Digital Identity and Security Division. Spanning the business units Cloud Protection, Licensing and Banking and Payment Services.