Ntechlab wins two categories at Face Recognition Prize Challenge

Russian facial recognition firm Ntechlab took first place in two of three categories at the first Face Recognition Prize Challenge (FRPC), hosted by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) under the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The Face Recognition Prize Challenge was organized by IARPA in conjunction with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The aim of the competition was to find the most effective facial recognition algorithms and increase the accuracy of recognition,

Yitu Tech ranks first in ID accuracy at Face Recognition Prize Challenge 2017

Chinese facial recognition startup Yitu Tech outperformed more than 12 international firms in face identification accuracy by taking first place in the first Face Recognition Prize Challenge (FRPC), hosted by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) under the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The victory represents a key milestone for the Chinese AI industry as well as an endorsement of Yitu’s algorithms which recognize faces from images taken under unconstrained and often extreme conditions. The company’s

Yitu Technology ranks first in NIST global facial recognition benchmark test

Chinese facial recognition firm Yitu Technology ranked first in four different categories of National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Face Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT) benchmark, beating out top facial recognition firms, Vocord and OT-Morpho. FRVT serves as the official guideline for U.S. government purchases, while the test results are recognized as the golden standards of global security industry in practice. The test datasets of FRVT all stem from real-world scenarios provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, such as

Applied Recognition achieves new benchmark for face recognition accuracy

Applied Recognition, Inc. has achieved the 0.2 percent threshold for Cross-Over Error Rate (CER) in testing against the FERET dataset maintained by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for facial recognition systems evaluation. The CER is observed when a technology is configured in a manner that its ‘false positive rate’ is equivalent to its ‘false rejection rate’, providing an accurate measure of face recognition technologies’ efficacy. “This latest advance in accuracy will further broaden the number of

NIST drafts new safeguards for information systems, Internet of things

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has issued a new draft revision of its Special Publication (SP) 800-53, Security and Privacy Controls for Information Systems and Organizations. Developed by a joint task force comprised of civil, defense and intelligence representatives, the draft takes into account the ongoing effort to create a unified information security framework for the federal government. This latest draft particularly goes beyond both information security and the federal government to address practices that all kinds

NIST scientists develop algorithm that automates key step in fingerprint analysis

Scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Michigan State University have developed an algorithm that automates a key step in the fingerprint analysis process, according to their findings which are published in IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security. “We know that when humans analyze a crime scene fingerprint, the process is inherently subjective,” said Elham Tabassi, a computer engineer at NIST and a co-author of the study. “By reducing the human subjectivity, we can make

NIST finalizes digital ID guidelines, eliminates changing of passwords

Federal scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have eliminated outdated requirements for the agency’s digital identity authentication guidelines, such as regular changing passwords as well as adding new standards for the use of biometrics, keysticks and other two-factor authentication tokens, according to a report by Cyberscoop. The final document, dubbed NIST Special Publication 800-63 (PDF), marks the third version of the guidelines and the result of more than a year of public consultation, according to NIST Senior

Passwords: Getting the NIST of It

This is a guest post by Robert Capps, VP of business development at NuData Security Is the age of using passwords dead? Passé, so to speak? The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has amended its password recommendations for Digital Identity guidelines. This codification of standards for government agencies, businesses and consumers includes a resource for password security. These new standards are commonsense updates to the widely deployed user authentication regime of usernames and passwords. The new guidelines drop

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

NEC launches NeoFace Express facial recognition solution

NEC has launched its NeoFace Express facial recognition solution, a key component of a rapid-access biometric platform. The solution is based on NEC’s NeoFace facial recognition technology and is being demonstrated at the NEC booth at connect:ID this week in Washington, D.C. According to a company statement, NeoFace Express represents a new class of facial recognition-based access control system setting the stage for the future of travel, access, and identity recognition. The solution delivers frictionless, seamless enrollment, verification and identification