Applied Recognition offering trials of its face recognition system for Windows

Applied Recognition Inc. is accelerating commercial availability of Ver-ID for Windows in response to recently reported data security breaches by offering trial versions of the facial recognition solution.

Ver-ID for Windows prevents unauthorized access to corporate systems by replacing vulnerable passwords — which are responsible for half of data breaches — with strong biometric authentication.

Using face recognition technology, the system continuously video records login attempts to further deter attackers.

Applied Recognition is encouraging the data security community, device access control professionals and any interested person to help in making Ver-ID fully-available as quickly as possible by testing and providing feedback to help to finalize the product.

Interested individuals can request a single-PC evaluation version by emailing login-eval@appliedrec.com, with requests fulfilled beginning the week of October 9th.

The solution requires no special hardware — only a Windows PC with an onboard or USB standard-issue camera.

“The practice of data security is facing a real crisis,” Don Waugh, ARI’s co-CEO, said. “The news cycle moves on quickly after each data-spill but the damage to breached-companies, their customers, suppliers, employees and to society at large is deep & long-lasting. It’s past time that enterprises and governments step-up and take advantage of the tools that show that they’re taking data security seriously.”

Ver-ID Enterprise is already in-deployment with a controlled set of first customers and integrates with VMware Horizon and MS RDS with support for other enterprise desktop management technology (including Citrix) forthcoming.

General availability for Windows environments is expected in Q4 2017 and Applied Recognition is now accepting advanced orders to facilitate the scheduling of implementations. In addition, support for MacOS is expected to be added by Q1 2018.

“Data security professionals have long known that passwords are the weak link in the security chain,” Ray Ganong, ARI’s co-CEO and CTO, said. “Whether acquired by sophisticated ‘spear-phishing’ or simply correctly guessed, passwords in the wrong hands open the gate to even the most elaborate and costly defences. It’s no exaggeration to say that devices ‘secured’ with a password are not secure at all.”

Last month, Applied Recognition revealed that its Ver-ID Credentials service now meets or exceeds the identity verification requirements of the Canadian Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act (PCMLTFA) when implemented within FINTRAC’s Dual Process Method.

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