Cryptomathic wants EU to recognize cloud-based digital sigs
Cryptomathic is calling for new European Union standards to recognize cloud-based digital signature schemes, which do not use a secure element. This comes as the European Commission Directorate General prepares to mandate electronic identification and trust services – to boost confidence in digital services and encourage more EU citizens to use e-signatures.
Cryptomathic released a position paper requesting that the upcoming regulation is technology-neutral. The paper calls for the EU security standards to ensure that cloud-based central signing services be enabled as Qualified Electronic Signature Creation Devices.
In the paper, the company highlights the successful use of such central signing schemes by more than 10 million users across several European countries including Denmark, Norway, Luxembourg and Austria and urges the regulation to formally recognize them. Cryptomathic also notes that centralized signing systems leave secure logs during the signature generation process, which can be used in dispute cases, giving cloud-based server signing an advantage over alternative methods.
TSA’s PreCheck passes 1 million enrolled
More than one million people are now enrolled in the Transportation Security Administration’s TSA PreCheck program. MorphoTrust, a provider of identity services and solutions, is a partner of TSA and the sole enrollment services provider for TSA PreCheck. MorphoTrust supports this program by enrolling approximately 4,000 people per day in its growing network of more than 330 TSA PreCheck application centers, including locations at 31 airports and many IdentoGO Centers by MorphoTrust.
TSA PreCheck is an expedited screening program that enables low-risk travelers to experience faster, more efficient screening at 133 U.S. airports. TSA PreCheck travelers may leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry-on in select screening lanes. Since the vast majority of travelers pose little-to-no threat, the program provides effective security while gaining efficiencies and improving the travel experience for a growing number of passengers every day.
HID unveils cloud-based trusted tags
HID Global announced the commercial availability of HID Trusted Tag Solutions, a cloud-based authentication platform designed to add trust to “proof of presence” and Internet of Things applications using NFC.
Proven in numerous pilot deployments with HID Global partners, HID Trusted Tag Services provides a comprehensive and easy-to-use secure authentication environment that delivers significantly greater convenience and security than alternative solutions.
HID Trusted Tag Services have been piloted in use cases that included detecting and preventing URL sharing in digital out of home (DOOH) marketing campaigns, and authenticating home health service delivery in electronic visit verification applications. The pilots reinforce the offering’s unique ability to optimize security and prevent cloning by authenticating each tap of a tag through an automatically changing URL, while eliminating the inconvenience of other cryptographic solutions that require installation of dedicated apps for each use case. The solution can also be used to validate the authenticity of documents, goods and additional items for brand protection and other purposes.
Powered by Seos technology, HID Trusted Tags feature eight-kilobytes storage capacity to support practically any use case, and the tags are available in different shapes, sizes and materials: secure contactless ISO cards, epoxy tag key fobs and self-adhesive wet inlays that turn any location into a hot spot for NFC-enabled smartphones or readers. HID Global also offers the option to design custom tag form factors for special customer needs, and HID Trusted Tag technology can be embedded into virtually any RFID tag form factor.
Host card emulation adds to Bell ID’s bottom line
Bell ID announced that recent growth of host card emulation has seen the company strengthen its global position in the mobile payments market. The launch of its HCE and token service provider tokenization solutions has further driven team expansion, requiring investment in new, larger offices for its Rotterdam headquarters.
The company has seen a 75% growth year-on-year in orders, driven by a substantial rise in the number of new customers, with 90% of all new orders and requests for proposals focusing on mobile solutions.
The expansion of the business has also required growth in team headcount, with additional support added across all areas of the business. In order to accommodate and facilitate this growth, Bell ID has invested in larger office facilities in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.