Smart Card Alliance forms IoT security council
The Smart Card Alliance has formed an Internet of Things Security Council to develop and promote best practices and provide educational resources on implementing secure IoT architectures using embedded security and privacy technology.
The IoT is expected to hit 21 billion by the year 2020 and security and privacy concerns are top-of-mind. Similar to other Smart Card Alliance councils, the Internet of Things Security Council will provide guidance and insights through white papers, briefs, webinars, seminars, infographics, and a variety of other resource formats.
One of the Alliance’s first IoT activities will be the Security of Things conference, to be held October 19-20 in Chicago. The event will focus on security, authentication and the Internet of Things.
The council will focus on IoT markets where security, safety and privacy are key requirements, and will leverage the expertise and knowledge gained from implementing embedded security technology across other industries to provide practical guidance for secure IoT implementations.
Face recognition to authenticate Uber drivers in China
Safety concerns have put Uber under fire in many markets. Drivers in China are particularly notorious for having multiple drivers use one account.
In an attempt to alleviate that the ride sharing company is going to deploy facial recognition. Drivers will have to periodically take a selfie and be authenticated before they can pick up additional passengers.
Uber is using tech from Face++, a Chinese facial recognition startup, to come up with the feature. It is being testes and could roll out in China next month.
FIDO Alliance, GlobalPlatform sign MoU
The two industry associations are working to ease FIDO authenticator development on GlobalPlatform-based secure component products. This will enable service providers to efficiently incorporate user authentication features – such as voice recognition and biometrics – as part of their GlobalPlatform-secure deployments.
The FIDO Alliance is making online authentication simpler and stronger by defining open, scalable and interoperable protocols that reduce reliance on passwords. The joint work initiative with GlobalPlatform will bring FIDO authentication to GlobalPlatform Specifications on secure elements and trusted execution environments.