About Rawlson King

Rawlson O’Neil King is a contributing editor at BiometricUpdate.com and is an experienced communications professional, management consultant, trade journalist and author who recently published a book about control and electronic networks and who has written numerous articles in trade publications and academic journals about smart home and building technologies. Follow him @rawlsonking2.

DHS terminates biometric deportation program

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced it has terminated one of its key deportation programs, that was heavily based upon the sharing of biometrics. This week, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson announced that the “Secure Communities” program was discontinued due to litigation, a high level of criticism from other levels of government, and a lack of cooperation from state and local law enforcement officials. Under the program, more than 283,000 illegal aliens with criminal convictions were removed from the

DHS to delete Internet surveillance records

According to a NextGov report, the U.S. Government is preparing to delete government-wide Internet surveillance records that are over three years old. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will delete the records from its information security program code named “Einstein” because of the “quickly diminishing value for most of the data collected pursuant to intrusion detection, prevention and analysis” according to department’s rationale. DHS argues that a three-year retention period is sufficient and that records have no value beyond that

SIBA teams with SIA to encourage airport biometric entry-exit system

The Secure Identity & Biometrics Association (SIBA), a key biometrics industry non-profit trade association, announced that it has teamed up with the Security Industry Association (SIA), an industry advocacy group, to establish an “Airport Entry and Exit Working Group“. The working group was formed to represent the identity, document authentication and biometric industry to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency, in an effort to support the development of a fully-functional airport border

Webinar addressed myths surrounding 2FA, biometrics

Last week, BiometricUpdate.com was pleased to moderate a webinar entitled “Debunking Biometric Myths: Moving Beyond Passwords to Empower Your Mobile Workforce”, which was co-hosted by EyeVerify and Good Technology. Both companies were represented by Chris Barnett, EVP Sales & Marketing at EyeVerify and Eugene Liderman, Director of Public Sector, at Good Technology, respectively. The webinar examined myths concerning biometrics, mobility, passwords, security and mainly the use of two-factor authentication. The webinar’s sponsors are widely-acknowledged leaders in two-factor authentication security solutions.

Nok Nok Labs & Javelin release mobile security report

This week, Nok Nok Labs and Javelin Strategy & Research, released the findings of a new research report entitled: “Smartphones, Tablets, and Fraud: When Apathy Meets Security”. The report, sponsored by Nok Nok Labs, found that consumer apathy around mobile security has led to insecure personal data on mobile devices. The report notes that at least six in 10 mobile users reuse passwords across multiple accounts. As a result, the prioritization of convenience over security in online authentication has led

Explainer: Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

Two-factor authentication, or 2FA, is a method of accessing computing and financial resources or physical facilities, with more than just a password or personal information number (PIN or passcode). Using a singular password or passcode to access such resources makes a user susceptible to security threats, because it represents a only a single piece of information that a malicious person needs to acquire. The additional security that 2FA provides thus ensures that additional information is required to sign in to

EyeVerify launches updated version of EyePrint ID

EyeVerify Inc. today will release EyePrint ID v2.0, the second version of the firm’s patented technology that eliminates the need to use passwords on mobile devices, at the Money 20/20 event in Las Vegas this week. EyeVerify will provide demonstrations of the new technology at the Aria Hotel at Starvine 10 at 10:30 am PT. EyeVerify’s patented Eyeprint ID technology uses built-in cameras in today’s mobile devices to image and then pattern match the blood vessels in the whites of

SecureTech 2014 being held in Ottawa this week

SecureTech 2014, a leading public safety, emergency management and security event in Canada starts today in Ottawa at the city’s convention centre. The event will feature 50,000 square feet of space with more than 160 Canadian and international exhibits. There will also be prominent speakers, specialized workshops, panel discussions and roundtables aimed at defining and delivering the best practices and solutions for law enforcement, paramedics, firefighters, point-of-entry agencies, and search-and-rescue organizations. More than 2,500 attendees from the private and public

India pursuing multi-fold expansion of citizen biometric registration scheme

Demonstrating a massive reversal in policy, the coalition government led by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has embraced the massive, expanded use of Aadhaar. Since taking power, the new central government has linked several new projects with the biometric identification scheme. The scheme, a landmark legacy project of India’s long ruling Congress Party, which has provided biometric identification numbers to millions of Indians, was criticized by several Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders in the run-up to the national elections. Now

UK Biometrics Commissioner issues consultation responses

A recent UK Home Office consultation sought views on new guidance for police chief constables considering applications from the public to have their DNA and fingerprints deleted before the legal retention period expires. UK Biometrics Commissioner Alastair R. MacGregor responded to the consultation by stating that early deletion of biometric data should take place if no crime was committed, and also if a malicious or false allegation was made. The Commissioner also recommended that early deletion should take place if