CVS Health was involved in this year’s Identity Week America as a healthcare entity invested in enhancing digital systems used by the medical profession to deliver a quality standard of patient care services. This interview starts by asking Abbie Barbir, Senior Security Advisor and Co-Founder of ADIA, at CVS Health whether driving public sector funding and budgets would have an impact on improving cybersecurity so that communication portals between the patient and profession and third parties can not be compromised by any bad actors.
The sector needs to assess what the new threats and deficiencies are while digital identity is evolving to increasingly bind the patient to their personal data.
IDEMIA, who we caught up with at Identity Week America in October, has been working with their border and customs clients across a number of U.S. airports to identify passengers in their global entry programme, as they make journeys to return to domestic soil. One of these partners is the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), who have deployed on mass scale face comparison advanced technology to enable efficient and safety boarding processes.
Donnie Scott, who presents IDEMIA’s achievements here as Chief Executive Officer, says 2023 has been the year of seeing Mobile Driver Licenses come to fruition across state and supplier collaboration to issue new travel IDs for more citizens. The mDL is being adopted at pace as another form of ID to hold as a driver and frequent traveller across the world, and we will see an exciting revolution of mDLs over the next few years as a REAL ID application for wallets.
Mobile driving licences are accepted at TSA checkpoints and play a common role in ensuring identification.
TSA and IDEMIA are excited about the expansion of their LASINK solution family as well – a solution for identification cards that allows the colour print of polycarbonate cards.
The first set of IDEMIA customers are at an early stage of rolling out this technology.
Preparing to meet the 2025 REAL ID deadline in Georgia – Spencer Moore, Commissioner at the Georgia Department of Driver Services
With the minimum security standards for REAL ID looming in May 2025, Spencer Moore, Commissioner at the Georgia Department of Driver Services, sits down with me for Identityweek.net to discuss the proactive stance the state of Georgia has taken since 2012 to establish integral identification cards.
As the U.S. does not possess a national ID, more pressure is piled on individual states to ensure the fabric and foundational structure of ID licenses and documentation – from the physical card to its security features – has credibility, converging with interoperable standards.
Georgia has sought to equip residents with REAL ID driver licenses as holders to essential services and identity assurance.
99% of citizens in Georgia are REAL ID compliant. Mobile Driving License adoption in wallets, which was introduced in Georgia in May of this year, has identified 250,000 people that already have the application in their wallets.
Hear about their mobile license integrations with Apple and Google that are proof that Georgia is ready for the May 2025 deadline.
Recently obtaining Google as a developer onboard to create verifiable applications and quality wallets with The Open Wallet Foundation, Founder, Daniel Goldscheider endorsed partnership as the key to accelerating wallet adoption with open-source and interoperable origins. The different standards and wallets across countries requires synergy to embed interoperability and allow approved private sector wallets to hold official government-issued credentials and vice versa, public wallets holding private sector credentials.
Here, the OWF Founder described many flourishing use cases, inclusive of digital banking applications, e-ID credentials and explained why the promising future of wallets rapidly growing in use matters to merchants too.
The lasting remarks of this interview are that digital wallets have already an established place for global users, but that interoperability standards must encourage cross-over between private and public sector wallets.
Kathleen Kiernan, President of NEC on joining IBIA board and advocating for robust standards for biometrics
After recently being appointed to the board of the International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA), Kathleen Kiernan, Ed.D shares her excitement to be joining other industry advocates calling for robust frameworks and standards for #biometrics.
“Strong frameworks need to be robust (for governments too) and backed by other industry standards”, she tells our Editor at the Identity Week America conference in October. IBIA operates by privacy by design across IT and public infrastructure – values shared by NEC and embodied on the board with Kathleen Kiernan’s appointment.
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iProov establishes trust for its remote users using biometrics that can securely verify the right user, in real time.
As the fast-growing global technology provider of Genuine Presence Authentication, CEO, Andrew Bud makes a stop while attending Identity Week America, in Washington DC, to evaluate the new order of biometric identity challenges which take precedence for such market leaders.
Commenting on the past challenge and legacy of face matching and presentation attacks, that are now largely resolved with technology defending the real user, Andrew sizes up the current biggest threat to stealing someone’s physical identity to try to gain illegitimate access.
While AI innovation is a blessing to create digital twins, fraudsters are creating synthetically generated imagery based on AI which is digitally injected into the data stream by android emulators.
This generates imagery which is “indistinguishable” to the eye, says Bud, but which derives from a false identity. Fraud management is crucial to maintain resistant security. Find out which iProov solutions delivered excellent KYC processes and due diligence at the event in this full, live interview.
“Frameworks for governments are fragmented and inconsistent”. Carole House, Former Director for Cybersecurity, White House NSC
Carole House, Former Director for Cybersecurity and Secure Digital Innovation for the White House National Security Council (NSC), speaks to Identityweek.net on frameworks for government, joining a financial regulatory authority, and advocating for the responsible use of AI, ledger technologies and blockchain.
Amid lots of discussion of open source technology, Carole House explains the need for accountability and transparency from authorities to manage the cyber risks associated with emerging technologies, supply chains and critical public infrastructure.
Frameworks aimed at governments are currently “fragmented and inconsistent”, Carole says, while the government should be leading efforts to transform our identity system using evidence-based verification to issue digital credentials.
“Evidence based verification is a really critical way to successfully combat the hundreds of billions of pounds in fraud”, especially as AI is growing to allow deepfakes and cyber crime.
We were delighted to interview Ivy Fung recently, President of Women in Blockchain Asia (WIBA), whose perspective, to be shared at Identity Week Asia 2023, is focused on advocating and driving equal opportunity between the genders to pursue STEM careers and study.
The emergence of blockchain and newer technologies require collaboration from the whole industry and joined-up policy-making to advance innovation and minimise gender inequalities.
Historically and still true to say of technology careers today, fewer women fill high-level, technical roles than their male counterparts. The male statistics dwarf women’s participation across many technical industries. This should signal why conferences and gatherings of the entire identity industry – with every solution and main player – are so important to amounting change.
Women In Blockchain Asia is a non-profit that support and represents women academics, scientists and technologists and identity experts for equal participation in their technical careers, working in blockchain or other technology fields.
We asked Ivy:
- How does Women In Blockchain Asia participate within the industry, at Identity Week Asia?
- How is a collaborative industry approach going to impact changes to blockchain standards and wider frameworks for enabling technology, innovation and diversity?
- Why is it easier to manage digital identities and vulnerabilities using blockchain, through its decentralised identity management system?
- Where does the APAC region stand compared to Europe and the Americas in blockchain innovation and inclusive engineering/ diversity within STEM?
- What does the future of security and identity look like leveraging blockchain to secure transactions, whether it be payments, heath records, career credentials etc..?
Come to Identity Week Asia on 7-8 November in Singapore – the third year of hosting outstanding speakers and organisations that have a large role to play in identity development in the APAC region.
Easy Dynamics is a leading cybersecurity and cloud computing provider making the difference to modernised authentication and better security procedures within businesses and enterprises.
We invited Jay Leslie, Senior Technical Advisor at Easy Dynamics to be interviewed by our Editor and share insight on balancing the priorities of innovation with compliance, ensuring IAM excellence with Zero Trust Architecture.
Bad actors can still be a serious threat to modernised authentication, however with multi-factor verification using multiple biometric modalities, a frictionless user experience is the only challenge to mitigate,. Easy Dynamics is addressing this to ensure digital identity can change the entire security landscape.
iShare Medical is an accredited trust platform providing identity proofing and authentication of federated IDs to send and share medical information between the patient-provider ecosystem.
Speaking in 2022, Linda Van Horn, President & CEO of iShare Medical, shares how many providers are among their vast network, benefiting from secure data exchanges between their healthcare systems.
iShare Medical’s best practice of enhancing patients care outcomes is by reaching providers within their EHR (electronic health record), which shares data with clinicians at the point of patient care.
Identity Week America 2023, based in Washington D.C. will make an eagerly-anticipated return on 3 and 4 October.
When Kaliya Young (handle: Identity Woman) embarked on co-founding a consultancy for blockchain and decentralised identity, mainstream identity domains dominated forum discussions. Her blog started commenting on decentralised identity technologies and over time has helped a shift in formulating another layer of identity for people based on open standards incorporating decentralisation, for example eIDAS 2.0.
User-owned data models are now at an advantage of integrating digital identities with customer services and increasing adoption and onboarding with technologies like the EU Digital Identity Wallet. Data protection is an expectation in the mainstream industry as advanced internet domains emerge – like the metaverse and Web 3.0 – and blockchain ledger architecture secures transactions of people’s most wanted credentials.
This interview was filmed at Identity Week America 2022, where the Identity Woman practice consulted a larger audience of identity professionals about data ownership models and bringing digital identity management back to internet users. The event returns on 3-4 October 2023 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, with the issues of decentralised identity, blockchain and the metaverse taking on mainstream theatres and viewpoints.
The civil voter registry in Honduras has just completed the migration of 6 million citizens into the cloud registration database with biometric enrolment. Honduras validates the population in two ways, when delivering the national ID card with facial recognition and in the electoral process.
In partnership with the UNDP over 18 months, they have visited every place of electoral registration in Honduras to support social development and national voting through collecting fingerprint biometrics and delivering the best civil registration census in the Americas.
The Registro Nacional de las Personas programme is a very effective tool to alleviate the poverty problem and it brings the furthest populations into the fold of mainstream society through widespread identification and the intelligence of collecting fingerprints from all citizens.
Striving for the highest standard recognition of ISO compliance, Honduras also works with technology of the age like blockchain and to develop future standards that ensure only useful data is collected from the citizen.
“That is one of the big mistakes of the government – collecting data that is very personal and they never use. So we have this principle. All data we collect we classify – confidential, personal and public data” – Rolando Kattán, President Commissioner, Registro Nacional de las Personas (Honduras).
Viky Manaila was among a vast ecosystem of identity managers and visionary experts at Identity Week Europe 2023, on behalf of the Cloud Signature Consortium.
The Consortium has developed standards with an open source license for cloud-based digital signatures, in support of the EU Commission’s eIDAS 2.0 Regulation.
Their standard facilitates the highest level of technical assurance and affirms value in the technology, providing interoperability and acceptance from providers and government entities. With constantly evolving technology, Viky says that the Consortium is forming the basis of revised regulations and standards for cloud based signatures.
The European digital identity wallet market offers different capabilities to integrate digital signatures with legal value for document signing use cases.
Its supporting eIDAS regulation is undergoing a major revision, with the CSC specification in agreement, to enable immediate usage and adoption of digital signatures within EU digital wallet context.
Digital signatures are easy to provide and integrate as an extra capability for users within wallets with unlimited use cases to maximise the user-friendly experience.
Standardisation bodies are providing specifications for different aspects of digital trust services and cloud technologies that go hand-in-hand with the standards developed by The Cloud Signature Consortium. .
The Health Service Executive in Ireland, set up in January 2020, was hugely accelerated by the pandemic to explore identity management through testing and tracing and the vaccine programme, as Maria McCann explains in this interview at Identity Week Europe 2023.
Maria is a director of health identity management services in Ireland. She explains how the Health Service Executive has delivered tracing processes throughout the patient flow from time of testing to getting results, and receiving vaccines.
Her remit also includes modernising the existing legislation to develop trust services and enhancing data quality. It is now ‘business as usual’ as the HSE resumes their work to embed a unique health identifier into different healthcare systems, in the patient administration system within hospitals and GPS.
A digital health wallet and e-health app are both on the horizon to provide citizens with health pass credentials to access entitlements.
The government of Office of CIO is a huge support system for the HSE within the healthcare system and the HSE, Department of Health and government worked together to develop the COVID response app and credentials. As Maria explains digital identity is at the top of the agenda for government and policy to secure millions of people’s personal medical information in the National Health Service.
The power of workforces was an industry-wide message conveyed at 2023’s Identity Week Europe. With a passion for personelle and training, Maria reiterated the need for driving people power for digital transformation and solving the skills gap in digital markets.
“People driving digital transformation is genuinely my passion”, she said.
The HSE Ireland has focused internally on cultivating meaningful collaborations with the HSE and with other public and private partners to invest in foundational level skill gaps.
With a high attendance from every corner of the identity ecosystem, Identity Week Europe 2023 was a successful platform for discussing the European Union’s pilot of the Digital Travel Credential (DTC-1), a virtual credential derived from the state-issued passport. The DTC-1 is an exact representation of the electronic machine-readable travel document that participating passengers can create for themselves on a dedicated mobile app, which is capable of reading the chip of the physical document.
IDEMIA is the appointed technology provider for the first transatlantic DTC-1 Pilot partnered with a Dutch Consortium, which consists of The Ministry of Justice & Security, Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Defence/Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.
Asked about the innovation that lies ahead, Julien Drouet said: “If you want to look at the future (of identity), you have to first look at the fundamentals” of digital identity complementing physical documents, which remain at the centre of the identity ecosystem.
IDEMIA showcased both digital and physical identity solutions at their booth at Identity Week Europe, including LASINK™ colour portraits to protect ID documents in an efficient manner. A demo of the Digital Travel Credential was also showcased.
“IDEMIA has always worked in the Identity & Travel Industry to continuously innovate and maintain safe and smooth travel in the face of complex security challenges. The DTC-1 pilot is taking seamless travel one step further by simplifying the travel process, safeguarding privacy, security and global interoperability”.
Jacques van Zijp, Managing Director, IDEMIA Netherlands
TECH5 is an international technology leader and innovator that emerged into the identity industry with a biometrics-driven focus and has expanded today to deliver functional and foundational IDs.
With a high NIST rating, TECH5’s assured solutions demonstrate their success journey to-date which still continues today. TECH5 will be showcasing fresh use cases at Identity Week Europe 2023 in Amsterdam next week (13-14 June).
Our editor, catches up with Rahul Parthe, Co-founder and Technology lead, at TECH5. You can meet them at Booth #264.
We asked TECH5:
- What factors have helped TECH5 achieve a top tier NIST ranking for face, fingerprint and iris recognition technologies?
- What is your experience in developing foundational and functional IDs?
- How do you ensure interoperability with government systems and data privacy?
- How can we combat inherent bias within biometric technologies?
- Is TECH5 innovating the future of biometrics?
- What do you hope to get from attending Identity Week Europe?
TECH5 is a Gold Sponsor of Identity Week Amsterdam 2023, which takes place on 13-14 June at the RAI, Amsterdam.
Q&A provided by TECH5 with Co-founder and CTO, Rahul Parthe.
TECH5 is a team which combines 300+ years of experience in biometric and secure credentialing programs design and execution, including research and development of biometric algorithms.
All our technologies across three biometric modalities – face, fingerprint, and iris – are developed in-house with traditional and, most recently, based on AI/ML approaches. TECH5’s fingerprint and iris matching algorithms are among the fastest in the world, according to the latest NIST evaluation reports. These algorithms result from years of research and new approaches in building algorithms. For example, the new fingerprint matching algorithm submitted by TECH5 to NIST PFT III, rated one of the fastest and rated l as one of the most accurate in the world, is based on a combination of AI (Artificial Intelligence)/Machine Learning and proven traditional approaches. This combination allows for higher matching speed and improved accuracy of the technology, which results in a reduced server hardware footprint and lower total cost of ownership (TCO). TECH5 also leverages its relationship with customers and academia (CITeR) to further enrich its domain knowledge and databases for training and testing.
TECH5 target markets include both Government and Private sectors. What use cases in the private and public sector have you delivered recently?
Some of the latest use cases include implementation of identification and verification, as well as Digital ID technologies for elections, physical and electronic permits, national ID, foreign resident ID, student ID, eKYC and digital onboarding, and more. For now, we cannot mention the countries and the customers for many of them, as we are yet to make public announcements, but Identity Week will be the first media to receive our press releases once we are ready to publish.
How do you ensure interoperability for example with government systems and data privacy?
TECH5 is a technology provider and not a service provider. We build state of the art biometric platforms that are used in government and private sectors and are part of their end-to-end solutions, which are responsible for data privacy and security. Data exchange between with our platforms and storage is done via open standard protocols and data formats. Data is always stored, maintained, and processed on the customer’s side and not on our side. In digital ID solutions, we enable our partners/customers to implement privacy and security by using biometrics for authentication purposes and some innovative means of using biometrics to act as cryptographic keys.
How can we combat inherent bias in biometric technologies?
We are talking here principally of facial recognition. Bias in biometrics is often a product of training data. In the past, less-than-heterogeneous datasets have resulted in the same sorts of bias, for example on racial lines, as afflict humans when recognising other people. That is to say that algorithms trained on homogeneous datasets can become efficient at matching faces that correspond to their training data but are less so when dealing with data that does not correspond to that on which they were trained. This is similar to how we humans are better at recognising faces within our own racial or other groups (for example age).
The way to overcome this is to train algorithms on as wide a range of input data as possible. However, this has led to some providers training their algorithms on publicly-available images scraped from the internet but which have not necessarily been sourced either ethically or with consent. The short answer, then, to overcoming the biases you refer to, is to ensure you train an algorithm on as wide a dataset as possible, but one which has been sourced through a consent-based process. TECH5 actively invests in acquiring consent-based datasets with wide demographic and ethnic distributions from commercial sources and also via academic participations.
In addition, we would always advise anyone designing a biometric program or process to ensure, where possible, that they use blended modalities where possible. For a national ID program, for example we would usually recommend a government consider implementing its project based on all three modalities of face, fingerprint and iris; potentially also adding other modalities such as voice.
What excites you about speaking at Identity Week Europe in June? What topics will be high on the agenda to discuss?
In our industry, today two main topics are high on the agenda – contactless fingerprint capture using mobile devices, and digital ID.
During my presentation, I will be talking about Decentralised Identity, latest trends, technologies, and their role in our future.
Is TECH5 innovating the future of biometrics and what do you hope to get from Identity Week?
TECH5 is an expert in the field of biometric technologies, innovating to realize the digital IDs of the future. We are innovating in biometrics and digital ID to address the current limitations when it comes to bridging digital divide, ease of use, privacy, security, and reducing total cost of ownership. Biometrics doesn’t exist in a vacuum, but is there to serve a purpose, which is all about identity. We believe that the future of biometrics is about Digital ID, when an identity is fully owned and managed by its holder and is biometrically verifiable and inclusive.
We are innovators at heart and are continuously investing in research and development of our core biometric technologies for face, fingerprint, and iris capture and matching, as well as biometric platforms based on these technologies, to provide the market e market globally with best-in-class products. We are also innovating in the field of making biometrics play a key role in digital identity by deriving cryptographic keys from biometrics, multifactor authentication in an offline manner, highly accurate but smaller footprint of biometric payload, revocable biometrics, and template protection.
Identity Week is a perfect event for innovators to meet to exchange ideas and inspire the industry with their work, learn from each other and partner to create new technology offerings that will disrupt the market. We are looking forward to speaking at the event, meeting new industry players, as well as old friends and partners, demonstrating our top-tier technologies and platforms at our stand, and launching our latest news.
Daniel Goldscheider, Open Wallet Foundation: Developing open standards that underpin identity wallets
Daniel Goldscheider, Founder of the Open Wallet Foundation speaks to Identityweek.net ahead of his panel discussion on identity and digital wallets at Identity Week Europe. He acknowledges that technology innovation has entered a new state of play with the combination of crypto, bitcoin and our valuable digital credentials with wallets.
The foundation is extremely valuable in the field and focuses on the development of open standards to underpin the variety of commercial wallets solutions available from vendors like Google and Apple.
The interview discusses the pros and cons of competition within the wallet market as the largest technology vendors capitalise on the new revenue opportunity. Our Editor, Evie Kim Sing, asks whether so many different wallets contributes to innovation or is detrimental to interoperability and compliance with open standards.
The fragmentation of their design and development impacts the security of wallets while customers are being encouraged to store all their digital, identity and payments credentials in one place. Daniel gives his take on how the security design of these wallets will be navigated by vendors as a challenge to adoption.
Asked whether every sector is taking a stake in the wallets, he said:
“Some people in the (identity) industry think wallets are about digital identity. People in the credit card world would say digital identity wallets are important because they hold tokenised credit and debit cards. The wallets are all of these use cases and so much more – holding everything from academic to healthcare credentials, digital keys to cryptocurrencies”.
The interview covers:
- What is the role of associations/foundations in the field? How has the Open Wallet Foundation evolved and what is the added value in participating?
- How have ISO versus open standards evolved?
- Do sectors like finance or government need to take a bigger stake in identity wallets, with payment or digital credentials?
- Do you think the competition of different wallets is beneficial for innovation or is detrimental to interoperability?
- What is the current standard of security in wallets? How can they be made more secure?
Daniel will be speaking more on the theme of verification for wallets on Day 2 at Identity Week Europe 2023, which will take place at the RAI, Amsterdam from 13-14 June.