U.S. Congressman visits Crossmatch to learn how biometrics can help protect data

August 7, 2015 - 

Crossmatch announced that U.S. Congressman Mike Honda (D-Silicon Valley) visited its headquarters yesterday to learn firsthand how technologies such as multi-factor identity management and biometric authentication solutions can help secure networks and protect data.

“The vast majority of network breaches can be prevented with strong authentication,” said Richard Agostinelli, Crossmatch CEO. “It is a privilege to have Rep. Honda joining us to learn how our innovative strong authentication solutions secure network access, personal information and sensitive data.”

The Office of Management & Budget stated in its Annual FISMA Report to Congress in February that over half of all threats to federal network security and data could have been prevented with strong authentication.

Security experts both inside and outside the federal government, including OMB, DHS, GSA and NIST, have emphasized how essential it is for federal agencies to use multi-factor authentication.

By using these technologies, they would successfully eliminate the use of only usernames and passwords and therefore mitigate the related human factor risk.

“Ensuring that our networks and the personal information of our workers are defended against cyber attacks is a national security priority,” said Representative Honda. “It is important for Congress to bring the federal government together with innovative technology leaders, such as Crossmatch, that have the expertise and solutions that will play a vital role in protecting our networks and data.”

Previously reported, Crossmatch released an improved version of DigitalPersona Altus multi-factor authentication solution.

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