Syniverse, Pinn to deliver stronger security and continuous attribution

Syniverse and Pinn have partnered to combine Syniverse’s global platform with Pinn’s attribution solution to deliver a stronger level of transaction security and continuous attribution. These capabilities are required by impending regulation like Payment Services Directive 2 (PSD2) and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Pinn’s attribution solution collects data regarding a user’s behavioral biometrics — which use the recognition and analysis of an activity that users do frequently, such as how they hold their smartphone or type on a

DISA director discusses biometric access at AFCEA symposium

A combination of biometrics and behaviors associated with an individual’s mobile device will be used in the future to determine the level of access he or she has on DOD networks. “Together, these will create an ‘identity score,’” Lt. Gen. Alan R. Lynn, DISA director and Joint Force Headquarters, DOD Information Networks commander Army explained at this week’s Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association’s (AFCEA) Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium in Baltimore. “Your identity score will determine how much access you

Defense department developing multifactor authentication system

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) High-Assurance Cyber Military Systems (HACMS) program is developing technology for the creation of safe and secure cyber-physical systems, according to a report by American Security Today. Leveraging a formal methods-based approach, the program enables semi-automated code synthesis from executable specifications and has already passed on some of its technology to both the defense and commercial communities. DARPA is currently developing a multifactor authentication system intended to replace the current common access card (CAC) which

FIDO Alliance recommends MFA requirement in NIST guidelines

The FIDO Alliance has made recommendations for a strong authentication requirement in the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) draft updates to its Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity guidelines. Initially published in February 2014, the Framework excluded recommendations for multi-factor authentication (MFA) due to authentication-related issues in 2013-2014, NIST said. These challenges included a lack of standards to promote security and interoperability as well as usability problems with the solutions available. The FIDO Alliance has reviewed and commented

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Accenture report finds APAC governments first in adopting ID technologies

Accenture has published a new research report that finds that governments in Asia Pacific are leading the world in adopting technologies such as biometrics for identification, according to a report by GovInsider. The report is based on the results of Accenture’s survey of 774 IT leaders from government organizations in Australia, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, Singapore, the UK, and the US. Globally, nearly 40 percent of organizations are either considering or have already adopted biometric or identity analysis technologies,

Accenture study finds most Americans want agencies with stronger cybersecurity

Accenture recently commissioned Market Strategy Group to conduct a survey intended to assess citizen expectations and attitudes regarding cybersecurity and how government can better protect citizens’ personal digital data. The study found that 79 percent of U.S. citizens are concerned about the privacy and security of their personal digital data, and 63 percent say they would feel more confident if the government agencies and service providers with which they interact had stronger data-privacy and security policies. The survey found that

Security experts urge Asian e-retailers to boost authentication to protect customer data

Security experts are urging online retailers in the Asia-Pacific market to increase security authentication measures to protect consumer data in light of rising cyberattacks, according to a report by South China Morning Post. Cybersecurity experts from ThreatMetrix, Fortinet and FireEye have all recommended that retailers invest in stronger authentication services to safeguard online transactions from increased attacks used for identity theft, as well as for validating and altering credentials of stolen identity to facilitate further online fraud. “Small retailers can

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