IARPA launches research program on biometric presentation attack detection

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, has launched a multi-year research program to develop and evaluate biometric presentation attack detection technologies to ensure the integrity of biometric security systems. If successful, the Odin program will provide solutions to the intelligence community and its partners to resolve critical flaws in biometric recognition systems. Biometric presentation attacks, also known as spoofs, aimed at disguising an individual’s true identity, can prevent persons of interest

Strategic partnership will bring enhanced biometrics and mobility to federal government

DMI and NEC Corporation of America have announced a strategic partnership to couple NEC’s biometric and advanced recognition technology with DMI’s mobile technologies and platforms to address public safety, national security and federal civilian technology priorities within the U.S. government. According to a company statement, combining NEC core identity management technologies with DMI’s mobile platforms will provide the government: real-time, secure, mobile access to fingerprint, iris and facial recognition technologies for first responders, law enforcement and military teams who are

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

Swiss research institute involved in U.S. gov’t biometric projects

Idiap Research Institute is working on two major biometric security projects for the U.S. government. Through its Swiss Center for Biometric Research and Testing, the Idiap Research Institute is engaged in the U.S. government’s Odin and MediFor projects. The goal of the Odin program is to develop biometric presentation attack detection technologies to ensure biometric security systems can detect when someone is attempting to disguise their biometric identity. Odin is a program administered by the Office of the Director of

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

New E-Verify proposal would see addition of biometric data

Senator Chuck Grassley has introduced an E-Verify bill designed to expand the employment verification program nationwide. The bill, if enacted, would make all employers in the United States participate in E-Verify, with respect to all employees, whether recruited or referred and would enhance the enrollment process through the addition of biometric data such as facial photographs. E-Verify is an Internet-based system that allows businesses to determine the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States. The program compares

Trump’s executive order on immigration addresses biometric entry-exit tracking system

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday which includes a series of initiatives to address immigration, including a proposal to establish a national biometric ID program for non-citizens entering and leaving the U.S., according to a report by Payments Source. According to a draft executive order leaked to civil rights advocates and obtained by The Washington Post, one of the measures of the executive order calls for an “Expedited Completion of Biometric Entry-Exit Tracking System”. Section 8 of the

Incoming Trump administration focusing on biometrics

Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th American President after taking the oath of office in Washington today. In his inauguration speech, he promised an era of “America first” policies where he would “bring back borders”. After a tremendous amount of tough talk, during both the Republican primary and U.S. presidential campaigns, expectations are that the new president will follow through with his promise of building a wall along America’s southern border. While this election promise appeals to

Bipartisan cybersecurity panel issues report recommending stronger authentication

The Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity, a bipartisan panel that addresses cybersecurity challenges facing government and industry, issued a new report intended for the next administration that recommends, among other things, that all Internet-based federal government services provided directly to citizens use “appropriately strong authentication.” The 100-page ‘Report On Securing and Growing the Digital Economy’ document includes 16 recommendations and 53 related directives for both the public and private sector. The report identified several key authentication requirements, including that all

White House, NCSA launch campaign for adoption of strong authentication

The White House, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and more than 35 companies and NGOs have launched a new internet safety and security campaign, “Lock Down Your Login,” to empower Americans to better protect their online accounts. Launched as part of the President’s Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP), the campaign is designed to encourage people to move beyond usernames and passwords and widely adopt strong authentication for key online accounts. The Lock Down Your Login initiative is timed with