NIST to measure benefits of five identity management pilots

The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Trusted Identities Group (TIG) revealed in a blog post that it will invest $750,000 to assess the benefits of five state and local government identity management pilot projects it funded in 2016. In an effort to find a more effective authentication method, the measurement agency plans to award $750,000 to one vendor that can measure the benefits of NIST-funded pilot projects and find new opportunities for further widespread adoption. Founded in 2015

Australian government to launch digital pass verification service in early 2018

The Australian government is operating a private beta test of a new digital identity platform designed for users of online government services to provide authentication without having to continuously resubmit their identifying documents, according to a report by InnovationAus.com. Using Govpass, which is set to be launched in a public beta in early 2018, people will be able to complete their identification process by providing their personal details, an identification document such as a birth certificate or drivers’ license and

CBP will continue to engage with industry on biometric exit plans

The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency recently updated the industry on its plans for biometric exit since it issued its initial request for information (RFI), CBP OIT Biometric Exit Acquisition last June, emphasizing that it will “continue to engage with industry regarding biometric exit,” according to a report by Homeland Security Today. The move comes a couple weeks after CBP detailed its biometric exit plans in the RFI, including the four biometric field tests the agency performed to

FIDO Alliance paper details extending PKI security with authentication standards

The FIDO Alliance has released a new white paper in support of the U.S. Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity’s recommendations for all agencies to use strong authentication across all government systems. Titled “Leveraging FIDO Standards to Extend the PKI Security Model in United States Government Agencies,” the paper describes the use of FIDO solutions to improve cybersecurity within the government environment and act as a complement to traditional PKI. Developed by FIDO’s Public Policy and Privacy Working Group (P3WG), the

State Department issues RFI on mobile biometrics data collection devices

The Bureau of Diplomatic Security, the security and law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of State, is seeking information on the current and near-term availability, capabilities and price point of a mobile data collection device capable of capturing biometric and biographic information from unknown persons and to confirm identification of known persons of interest while in the field. According to the request for information, devices should weigh three pounds or less, be tough, rugged, and durable enough to function

Microsoft Azure Government now includes facial and emotion recognition feature

Microsoft’s Azure Government now includes Cognitive Services, which adds facial and emotion recognition features to the company’s cloud platform, according to a report by The Inquirer. Announced during its Tech Summit event in Washington earlier this week, Microsoft revealed that Microsoft Cognitive Services is now available in Azure Government. Cognitive Services includes a series of machine based language, vision, search and knowledge of API to help developers to build apps more effectively and significantly faster. “We have enabled scenarios such

CBP details biometric entry/exit program plans

The US Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) is taking the next step of its development of a biometric entry/exit system program by reaching out to the industry with an RFI titled “CBP OIT Biometric Exit Acquisition“, as posted via the U.S. General Services Administration. As discussed in the previous RFI, which was issued on June 20, 2016, the CBP performed four biometric field tests to assess the operational viability of different biometric modalities and traveler processing procedures. These experiments

idSoftware developing biometrics technology to support DHS port security regulations

idSoftware is one of four firms developing biometrics technology in support of the Department of Homeland Security’s stricter port security regulations, following the passing of a new rule last August mandating that incoming port personnel scan identification cards through an electronic reader, according to a report by MeriTalk. After a three-month process, DHS placed idSoftware on its Qualified Technology List of approved companies who develop port security technology. During the “detailed process”, DHS had to approve the company’s three testing

DSI releases Identity Management Symposium full agenda

Defense Strategies Institute (DSI) has released the full agenda for its fourth Identity Management Symposium to be held this April in Alexandria, Virginia. This year’s educational symposium will provide senior leaders within OBIM, DHS, DFBA, and the Intelligence Community two days of off-the-record briefings and informal, collaborative discussions focusing on the theme of “Advancing Biometric and Identity Activity Solutions”. Confirmed speakers include: Grant Schneider, Deputy Federal CISO, Office of Management and Budget; Michael Sorrento, Director, Defense Manpower Data Center; COL

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