Biometrics in security: protecting sensitive PII and the sanctity of user identity

This is a guest post by David D. Dunlap, Co-Founder and Senior VP of Corporate Planning, StoneLock Our personal identity is our single greatest asset – after all, how can one function in the world without an identity? However, the use of technology to assign identities warrants the need to balance out the requirements for security with the vital necessity of protecting individual privacy. The use of biometrics has been the subject of serious debate in the Security Industry for

Pindrop voice authentication to be integrated with Amazon Connect

Pindrop will be integrating and making available its voice biometrics-based fraud detection capability with Amazon’s cloud-based contact center service, Amazon Connect. Using Pindrop’s self-service integration, Amazon Connect customers are provided with an additional security layer for their contact center. Pindrop scores calls according to risk associated with a range of factors including the audio characteristics, geo-location and phone number reputation. Within 30 seconds of the start of the call, the call center agent is notified with a pop-up window displaying

Equifax leverages facial recognition for document verification solution

Equifax has released its Document Verifier solution which uses facial recognition technology to provide faster identity authentication for financial product applications. Document Verifier authenticates the identity of an applicant within seconds by comparing a live image of the individual with a photograph of his or her passport or driving licence, both of which are captured by a smartphone or webcam enabled device. In addition, the automated technology can detect potential tampering or anomalies on official documents from over 200 countries.

LPGA deploying NEC facial recognition technology for identity verification

NEC Corporation of America (NEC) facial recognition technology is being deployed at this week’s ANA Inspiration at Mission Hills Country Club to verifiy the identity of credentialed media covering the LPGA’s first major golf championship of the year. NEC’s NeoFace Watch video facial recognition technology will be positioned at the main entrance to the ANA Inspiration Media Center and the Mission Hills Country Club, where faces of individuals will be captured and extracted from the video feed and matched in

Secure Technology Alliance paper examines mobile ID authentication

The Secure Technology Alliance has released a new white paper that examines the new authentication mechanisms and use cases of mobile identification authentication. Developed by the Secure Technology Alliance Mobile Council, “Mobile Identity Authentication” provides an overview of mobile ID authentication, highlights use cases that rely on secure user credentials stored on a mobile device, and offers various insights on how new technologies and standards are addressing the growing need for mobile ID authentication. “Mobile ID authentication provides an answer

Maldives acknowledged for biometric passports and border control system

Maldives Immigration has been acknowledged with the international IAIR Award for its epassport and egates system, which was supplied by German biometrics firm DERMALOG. The IAIR award was given to government officials from Maldives Immigration during an official award ceremony held last week in Milan, Italy. With 27 advanced security features, the Maldives epassport is one of the most secure and world leading security documents today. Furthermore, the new Maldives epassport has a highly secure polycarbonate data page with laser

Nigeria to make biometric ID mandatory for port users, using biometrics for 2018 census

Nigeria’s minister of transportation has approved a unified biometric identity card for operatives and workers to access any seaport facility in the country in an effort to improve security, according to a report by Business Day. Isichei Osamgbi, head of corporate communications of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), said in a statement that “it is now compulsory that every port user including workers can only have access into ports on the presentation of the issued unified biometric ID.”

Mount Airey Group, Acuant to release chip reader for passport authentication

Identity solutions firm Mount Airey Group, Inc. is partnering with data capture and authentication firm Acuant to release a comprehensive authentication solution for border control. Acuant’s newly developed chip reader technology, Acuant CHIP, will serve as an integral aspect of AssureID which is integrated with Mount Airey Group’s Ozone e-Passport authentication technology. The partnership offers the first-to-market certificate chain validation for passports, including country-specific policy controls. Acuant CHIP conducts multiple authentication tests including basic access control (BAC) to cryptographically access

Free2Move selects Jumio facial recognition tech for identity verification

Free2Move, a mobility app for car-sharing providers including Car2Go, Flinkster, Multicity, Zipcar, and DriveNow, has selected the Jumio Netverify Trusted Identity as a Service to verify customer driver’s licences quickly and easily. Owned by the French automotive manufacturer PSA Group, Free2Move aggregates local available car share options on a mobile app, providing registered Free2Move users access to local car share providers. Customers register by scanning their photo ID using the camera of their PC or mobile device, and Netverify’s computer

Identity verification firm Examity releases mobile authentication platform

Online proctoring and identity verification firm Examity has released a mobile authentication platform for online learning organizations, which streamlines the authentication process for students and faculty. examiGO delivers mobile ID verification technology to make online learning more efficient, convenient, and secure for higher education institutions and other organizations. Leveraging advanced mobile verification methods that are increasingly being used by banks and government agencies, examiGO provides a set of tools to facilitate student ID authentication, including fingerprint scan, voice match, and