Hoyos Labs’ Biometrics Open Protocol Standard approved by IEEE

September 14, 2015 - 

Hoyos Labs announced that the Standards Association of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has approved standard 2410-2015 or BOPS (Biometrics Open Protocol Standard) as the global standard for identity and authentication on the Internet and mobile devices.

Hoyos Labs has funded, developed and conducted years of research in the area of biometrics-based authentication.

The company contributed this research to the IEEE, which, through its P2410 working group, further developed BOPS as the global standard for identity and authentication.

BOPS is a set of rules that governs and protects communications among a wide range of client devices, including mobile phones, desktop computers and ATMs.

The biometric-neutral guidelines make use of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Trusted Computer System Evaluation Criteria (TCSEC).

“Identity is the true currency in today’s world. Without proper standardization in place to clearly secure and authenticate someone’s identity online in a comprehensive end-to-end manner, we will continue to see a plethora of hacks and cyber-attacks, which cost financial institutions billions and make consumers fear for their personal data,” said Hector Hoyos, co-founder and CEO at HOYOS Labs. “The IEEE has taken a very forward-looking stance in adopting BOPS as the global standard for digital identification and authentication.”

As part of submitting BOPS to the IEEE for review, Hoyos Labs has made the BOPS protocol available to any organization that wants to use it for digital authentication purposes.

“The IEEE defines what the most important and valuable components of technologies are via its standard-setting functions,” said Scott Streit, IEEE 2410-2015 committee chairman. “Creating the standard for online authentication of identity is vital to secure the future. Propagating this standard globally will help to defuse the ticking time bomb of cyber fraud and identity theft.”

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