Gemalto tapped for Jordan national ID
Gemalto was selected by Jordan’s Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology for the country’s new citizen ID program. Gemalto will supply the Ministry of Interior – through OFFTEC – with its Sealys polycarbonate contactless eID cards along with a comprehensive suite of Coesys enrollment, card personalization and issuance solutions. Gemalto will deliver the eID cards as well as automatic fingerprint identification systems that is designed to reinforce national security, strengthen immigration controls and minimize the risk of fraud in the August 2016 election.
The enrollment system will be deployed in 100 civil status and passport offices, enabling Ministry of Interior staff to capture the personal and biometric data of citizens for duplication-free entry onto the National Registry. Gemalto systems will also be employed to personalize and issue smart cards at 25 dedicated centers. The citizen’s details are both laser engraved in the card and stored within its embedded microprocessor to enable officials to verify beyond doubt the identity of the holder.
The new eIDs combine state-of-the-art digital and graphical security features and offer the Jordanian government the ability to add new card use cases after issuance. As a result, it can leverage on initial investment and develop new secure eGov services and applications that improve service standards and reduce administrative costs.
NTT DOCOMO expands FIDO deployment
The FIDO Alliance announced that Japanese mobile network operator NTT DOCOMO, INC. has extended its deployment of FIDO Certified strong authentication to its millions of customers with Touch ID-equipped Apple iPhones and other iOS devices.
DOCOMO adds this new FIDO-for-iOS capability to a suite of 10 FIDO Certified Android devices from Samsung, Fujitsu, Sharp, and Sony Mobile, ensuring that their customers choose between platforms, devices and biometric authentication modalities including fingerprint touch, fingerprint swipe and iris recognition.
DOCOMO’s decision to add support for FIDO strong authentication to the base capabilities of Touch ID underscores both the security benefits and the rapid market adoption of FIDO standards in just over a year since the specifications were published. More than 100 solutions have been FIDO Certified and, in addition to DOCOMO, hundreds of millions of end-users’ web and mobile apps have been FIDO-enabled for strong authentication protection by leading service providers, including Google, PayPal, Samsung, Bank of America, Dropbox, and GitHub.
Using FIDO specifications, DOCOMO is enabling its customers to securely authenticate themselves with Touch ID instead of a password to the DOCOMO d ACCOUNT app, which is available in the App Store. From there, they will have secure access to DOCOMO account details, billing and services, including mobile gaming and music platforms. DOCOMO is also removing the password from carrier billing, allowing customers to approve their payments via Touch ID.
Crossmatch adds contextual security to Altus
Crossmatch announced the addition of smart features to its DigitalPersona Altus multi-factor authentication platform. New contextual and application-specific authentication capabilities enable IT and information security managers to step-up security where it’s needed most — while minimizing end-user friction.
The contextual and application-specific authentication capabilities support end-user workflows that offer risk-based access without obstacles, helping organizations minimize end-user burdens to drive compliance and productivity. IT administrators can manage smart authentication policies—and all user privileges—from a central platform using familiar Active Directory tools.
The Altus solution enables companies and government agencies to secure all digital assets and integrates with existing IT infrastructure — including legacy and cloud applications — avoiding “rip and replace” approach