DHS S&T awards $199K to Factom Inc. to secure digital identity for IoT

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) recently awarded $199,000 to Austin, Texas-based blockchain technology firm Factom Inc., to boost the security of digital identity for Internet of Things (IoT) devices, according to a report by Homeland Security Today. Factom’s proposal, “Blockchain Software to Prove Integrity of Captured Data From Border Devices” was awarded through Securing the Internet of Things (IoT), Solicitation Number: HSHQDC-16-R-00035 under the Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP) Other Transaction Solicitation (OTS). “IoT

DOJ drops case against Apple after accessing iPhone

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Justice said that it had discovered how to unlock an iPhone without assistance from Apple, allowing the agency to withdraw its legal case that sought to compel the high-tech firm to assist in a terrorist mass shooting investigation. The decision to drop the case stops a legal standoff between the U.S. government and the world’s largest technology company. As BiometricUpdate.com previously reported, the case was highly contentious because the government was requesting that Apple

Intercede launches two-factor biometric authentication solution for mobile devices

Intercede has launched RapID, a two-factor biometric authentication solution that delivers password and token free access to cloud services from mobile applications. The solution is based on Intercede’s MyID platform which is currently used by several government agencies (aerospace and defence) and the banking sector to secure access to sensitive data. The solution also integrates PKI based authentication and encryption to provide military grade security for business and consumer applications. RapID establishes trusted relationships between end users and service providers

National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence ribbon cutting and panel discussions

On Monday February 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) will celebrate its move to expanded new facilities with a ribbon cutting dedication and expert panel discussions featuring senior elected and government officials and the CEOs and presidents of several large companies. The event will be webcast. The 5,574 square-meter (60,000 square-foot) facility in Rockville, Maryland has 22 labs, including two large enough to hold vehicles for cybersecurity testing. NCCoE staff and partners

U.S. firms to boost cybersecurity spending and examine password elimination

A new survey of IT professionals in the U.S. found that 66 percent have committed to phasing out traditional passwords. The survey findings also revealed that the majority of IT professionals had experienced a data breach and are projecting increased cybersecurity spending over the next year. The survey of more than 300 IT security professionals, commissioned by SecureAuth Corporation and conducted by Wakefield Research, found that 66 percent of respondents have opted to leverage authentication methods other than passwords for

Voice biometrics firm SayPay a top startup at 1776 Challenge Cup in Mumbai

Voice biometrics firm SayPay Technologies announced it was one of three top startups at the 1776 Challenge Cup 2016 held last weekend in Mumbai, India. The move comes a week after SayPay Technologies was recognized as one of three startup finalists competing in the inaugural “UBS Future of Finance Challenge” held earlier this month in Singapore. The worldwide tournament gives up-and-coming startups the opportunity to win cash prizes, make international business connections and share their vision on an international stage.

Deutsche Bank considering biometrics over passwords for security

Deutsche Bank is working with Callsign to trial an antifraud solution that analyses about 50 different factors to build a profile of a user. The technology takes into account how the phone is held, its physical location, facial recognition and thumbprint analysis. The bank hopes the new security solution will eliminate the need for customer passwords and allow it to lift limits on mobile transactions. Deutsche’s regional innovation manager Nick Doddy said that the system can adjust to even measure

Apple Pay users warned about storing other people’s fingerprints on their iPhone

A number of banks in the UK have warned their customers that if they store other people’s fingerprints on their iPhones, they will be treated as though they have not keep their personal biometrics details secured, according to a report by The Telegraph. Many banks have stated in their terms and agreements section that they reserve the right to deny a refund for any disputed transactions or refuse to help customers in the event of a fraud claim. The warning

Researchers point out flaws in some Android phones’ fingerprint security

Security research firm FireEye have developed a new spoofing method for acquiring fingerprints from Android smartphone models embedded with biometric sensors such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One Max, according to a report by The Register. The spoofing method is one of four attacks the FireEye researchers recently discovered that exploit major security flaws in Android smartphones with fingerprint sensors which they say make them more vulnerable than Apple’s Touch ID system. FireEye’s researchers — which comprises

IDEX to integrate fingerprint sensors with Nok Nok Labs’ Authentication Suite

IDEX ASA and Nok Nok Labs have partnered to integrate IDEX’s new line of touch based fingerprint sensors with the Nok Nok Labs S3 Authentication Suite, which will be offered to OEMs as a pre-certified solution. By combining IDEX’s secure off-chip touch sensor solution with Nok Nok Labs robust implementation of the FIDO Universal Authentication Framework (UAF) protocol, the two companies are able to develop an ideal solution for OEMs and their customers. The integrated biometric authentication solution has many