HID Global backs layered authentication to protect mobile banking
HID Global is supporting the adoption of layered authentication as part of a larger, cost-effective security strategy for safeguarding online and mobile transactions from anywhere, and any device.
One of HID Global’s focus areas is to make it easy for financial institutions to understand and interact with its ActivID authentication solution. In addition, HID Global has also extended its banking partnership initiatives with the Identity Assurance Technology Partner Program, an initiative that fosters collaborative solution development.
HID Global’s ActivID authentication solution is a multi-layered approach that enables organizations to layer online fraud protection with secure access to online services and cloud-based applications. ActivID incorporates five layers of security for multi-factor authentication and trusted online transactions
- Strong user authentication
- Advanced device authentication
- Browser malware protection
- Transaction-level authentication/pattern-based intelligence
- Application hardening
Thursby launches second-generation mobile PKard solution
Thursby Software Systems has announced its second generation PKard Reader hardware and software security solution for government iPhones and iPads.
The PKard Reader is a hardware and accompanying software solution that enables secure Defense Department Common Access Cards and PIV smart card access to government networks. After forging multiple partners and accumulating more than 20,000 licensed users across the spectrum of federal agencies, Thursby has decided to launch the next iteration with enhancements.
On the hardware side, the newly enhanced PKard Reader now supports both pre-existing, 30-pin Apple mobile devices as well as the new lightning connectors. The cases also feature a new metal design with a “neck” that ensures a stronger reader fitting.
The solution’s accompanying software features true zero data at rest options, improved policy management for enterprise, improved certificate revocation handling and more efficient CRL handling when not connected to the Internet. Moreover, to account for soldiers who are increasingly filling roles within multiple government agencies while retaining their active duty military status, Thursby has added support for “Dual Persona” government ID cards.
ImageWare extends biometric ID management with U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs
Cloud-based, biometric identity management provider ImageWare Solutions, has been awarded a $2.2 million contract by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to expand its personal identity verification (PIV) credentialing capabilities.
ImageWare expects to deliver the new software licenses by third quarter 2013, and will record an estimated $1.5 million in revenue. ImageWare will also gain service revenue valued at $650,000.
ImageWare’s relationship with VA dates back to 2007 when the company’s biometric identity management solution was first installed. The solution provides large-scale, agency-wide biometric identity and credential management capabilities for PIV credentials in compliance with U.S. government standards.
This latest contract will see VA implement ImageWare’s proprietary hardware and algorithm-independent Biometric Engine 2.0, which would allow for enrollment and management of unlimited population sizes.
ImageWare’s Biometric Engine 2.0 with backend database for CloudID, features the following:
- Enrollment, identity and verification management of unlimited population sizes
- Hardware and algorithm independent processing
- Compatibility with all biometric products
- Future-proof, plug-and-play flexibility
- Product modules that can be implemented together or individually
- License and/or subscription service offering
- Software development kits
Morpho, Mesa PD now collecting fingerprints from the field
Following a pilot test of six MorphoIDent units in 2012 for the Mesa, Ariz. Police Department’s patrol vehicles, the department has announced the purchase of 30 additional mobile fingerprint capture devices from Morpho Safran subsidiary, MorphoTrak.
The MorphoIDent is a handheld, mobile fingerprint identification device that enabled officers to conduct fingerprint searches in the field without bringing subjects to the station for booking. MorphoIDent has aided Mesa police in positively identifying and detaining wanted and dangerous suspects, even those who lie about their identity. In the event that MorphoIDent cannot establish a fingerprint match, the acquired print is discarded and the officer sends the person on their way.
Part and parcel to the new MorphoIDent units, the Mesa PD can also interface with the FBI’s RISC (Repository of Individuals of Special Concern) database, which includes some 2 million records of wanted persons, registered sex offenders and known or suspected terrorists. The Arizona Department of Public Safety completed their RISC interface at the end of April.The ability to access the FBI’s RISC database, gives officers the added ability to tell whether a person is wanted in another state.