U.S. government agencies increasingly adopting new biometric authentication tools

U.S. government agencies are increasingly adopting a range of biometric technologies to ­minimize cyberthreats and streamline system access, according to a report by FedTech. The Defense and Homeland Security departments have long been using fingerprint readers to facilitate physical and digital access. However, these agencies and others are increasingly investing in new biometric technologies which measure an individual’s unique physical and behavioral characteristics, including facial dimensions, ­fingerprints and irises, handprints, voiceprints, gait and signature. G. Nagesh Rao, chief technologist at

Ghana aims to issue 27M biometric ID cards in next year

Despite current logistical challenges, Ghana’s newly appointed National Identification Authority (NIA) CEO told the The Ghanaian Times this week that he is working towards carrying out his mandate to coordinate and supervise the registration and issuance of national biometric identification cards to 27 million citizens within a year. NIA CEO, Professor Ken Agyemang Attafuah, also a senior law lecturer at the Central University College, said he believed the challenges were not unsurmountable. Two weeks ago the Office of the President

UN to adopt fingerprint recognition-based employee ID cards

The United Nations International Computing Center (UNICC) has launched the One UN Smart Card project – which plans to adopt fingerprint recognition-based ID cards for employees and affiliates at UN headquarters – via the UN Global Marketplace (UNGM), according to a report by Business Korea. Initially proposed in 2012, the project will develop and distribute ID cards to enable all UN employees working at its headquarters as well as its 37 affiliated organizations to access their computers and enter the

NTT Data wins multi-year contract with DHS’ Office of Biometric Identity Management

NTT Data has been awarded a multi-year, $8 million contract to provide the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM) with independent system level testing support and quality assurance services. OBIM provides advanced biometric identification, information sharing and analysis to authorized frontline decision makers so they are able to accurately identify the people they encounter and assess whether they pose a risk to the United States. NTT Data will provide verification and validation for information technology

Securing Federal ID 2017 invites speaking proposals

Securing Federal Identity 2017 has opened the call for speakers and is seeking government agencies to share use cases and vendor-neutral, educational presentations that focus on federal government-led security policies and infrastructure changes for enhanced security for physical and network access or trusted identities. Securing Federal Identity 2017, a Smart Card Alliance government event, will be held in Washington D.C. this June. The event provides comprehensive coverage of identity management and strong authentication in government programs, and brings together important

Zimbabwe will no longer deploy biometrics-based voting in 2018 election

The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) announced that it will no longer be implementing a biometrics-based voting system for the 2018 general elections, according to a report by Zim Eye. The move comes a year after ZEC unveiled plans to use a biometric voting system as part of its reforms ahead of the 2018 general elections. The new biometric technology that the ZEC is set to acquire would only be used to facilitate the voter registration process. The ZTE said the

Trump’s executive order on immigration addresses biometric entry-exit tracking system

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday which includes a series of initiatives to address immigration, including a proposal to establish a national biometric ID program for non-citizens entering and leaving the U.S., according to a report by Payments Source. According to a draft executive order leaked to civil rights advocates and obtained by The Washington Post, one of the measures of the executive order calls for an “Expedited Completion of Biometric Entry-Exit Tracking System”. Section 8 of the

Nigeria piloting Bio-Metrica’s biometric census registration system

Bio-Metrica has deployed its modular, multi-factor biometric census registration system in a pilot project for Nigeria’s upcoming 2018 population census. The Nigerian government has tasked the National Population Commission to perform the 2018 Census using biometrics in an effort to reduce fraud and ensure proper identification of all citizens. Census takers will use Bio-Metrica developed handheld terminals to remotely enroll and verify the identity of citizens, with or without data connectivity, using both fingerprints and facial impressions. All information will

Incoming Trump administration focusing on biometrics

Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th American President after taking the oath of office in Washington today. In his inauguration speech, he promised an era of “America first” policies where he would “bring back borders”. After a tremendous amount of tough talk, during both the Republican primary and U.S. presidential campaigns, expectations are that the new president will follow through with his promise of building a wall along America’s southern border. While this election promise appeals to

Bipartisan cybersecurity panel issues report recommending stronger authentication

The Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity, a bipartisan panel that addresses cybersecurity challenges facing government and industry, issued a new report intended for the next administration that recommends, among other things, that all Internet-based federal government services provided directly to citizens use “appropriately strong authentication.” The 100-page ‘Report On Securing and Growing the Digital Economy’ document includes 16 recommendations and 53 related directives for both the public and private sector. The report identified several key authentication requirements, including that all