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The Internet Equivalent of Yelling Fire in a Crowded Theater

Nextgov.com News Articles - Fri, 04/26/2013 - 7:40am
The law is murky on how to treat hackers who spread false information with potentially catastrophic consequences.
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Social Media Activists Are Wealthy, Educated and on the Rise

Nextgov.com News Articles - Thu, 04/25/2013 - 2:47pm
Six-fold increase Americans talking politics on Facebook, Twitter, other sites, since 2008.
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Is There a Bomb in That Burger? The Pentagon Wants to Know.

Nextgov.com News Articles - Thu, 04/25/2013 - 8:31am
Tool would remotely sense explosives concealed in dense material without emitting cancer-causing radiation.
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California’s Dream to be the Saudi Arabia of Solar Dries Up in the Desert

Nextgov.com News Articles - Thu, 04/25/2013 - 8:00am
Many of the state's plans have been put on hold after funding becomes a problem.
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Is There Such Thing as Too Much Evidence?

Nextgov.com News Articles - Thu, 04/25/2013 - 7:00am
Assembling the case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev won't be as simple as it appears from the news.
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How the Smithsonian Cut Fleet Oil Consumption by 44 Percent

Nextgov.com News Articles - Wed, 04/24/2013 - 5:25pm
The institution’s 1,500 vehicles are used for law enforcement, bus service, animal transport and more.
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eID solutions connecting European citizens to public agencies

SecureIDNews - Wed, 04/24/2013 - 10:15am

As countries the world over continue to implement electronic government services for citizens, the need to prove identity online is becoming a vital necessity. A white paper from UL Transaction Security details the current state of eID in Europe and the growing number of implementations across the continent.

The white paper, “Electronic Identities in Europe,” begins by explaining the three main methods of eID currently being used: password-bases systems, Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and Attributed Based Credentials (ABC).

Password-based systems are those schemes that enable the users to authenticate and to electronically “sign” a document or an action — in other words, agree with the contents of the document or action— by entering a username and password. This method uses passwords that are either static – one password per every log-in – or dynamic as in One Time Passwords.

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Contactless card shipment break records

SecureIDNews - Tue, 04/23/2013 - 1:01pm

Contactless payment card shipments are shipping at the fastest rate since the technology was first introduced, the Smart Payment Association announced at the Cartes North America conference.

More than 975 million cards were shipped in 2012, with the largest climb in the Asia Pacific region. China’s migration to chip-based payment cards influenced the region’s 24% growth rate. Europe returned an 8% growth rate, but the major trend in this mature market was the move to contactless. Contactless card shipments in North America increased by 1% with Canada representing most of that increase, as the U.S. continues the transition to EMV into 2014.

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Schlage introduces HandPunch terminal with multi-technology reader

SecureIDNews - Tue, 04/23/2013 - 11:47am

Ingersoll Rand announced the debut of its new HandPunch GT-400 time and attendance terminal that lets employees clock in with the same card used to enter their building facilities.

The MTR-G embedded reader module provides compatibility with aptiQ smart credentials, which provides advanced MIFARE Classic and MIFARE DESFire EV1 encryption, to provide improved security. It also reads HID proximity, GE/CASI Proxlite, AWID proximity, Lenel proximity and popular 13.56 MHz smart cards; so companies do not have to switch out their installed card readers.

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Episode 106: Two-factor authentication on the path to mainstream

SecureIDNews - Mon, 04/22/2013 - 10:46am

Two-factor authentication will not only gain in popularity but will be the norm within two years, says Chester Wisniewski, senior security advisor at Sophos. RegardingID’s Gina Jordan spoke with Wisniewski about a Forrester Research report that predicts that two-factor authentication will likely be widespread within two years.

Wisniewski feels that widespread may be a bit of a stretch, but says that mainstream may be a more realistic description. “We’ve already seen the likes of Google, Facebook, banking institutions and online gaming facilities adopt two factor authentication as an optional, additional account verification method,” explains Wisniewski.

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Evolis releases new card printer

SecureIDNews - Fri, 04/19/2013 - 12:15pm

Evolis released Elypso, a desktop card printer that offers features for instant issuance in one model: manual card feeding, front-desk operations, dual-sided printing and encoding for magnetic stripe, contact and contactless chip card.

Evolis designed Elypso to match the performances of Primacy with the smaller footprint of Zenius. This solution delivers personalized cards over the counter, whatever the application: payment cards, transportation passes, consumers’ loyalty cards or other possibilities

Elypso comes with the latest software from Evolis. This printer is monitored from the user’s interface and through pop-up alerts on the printing status. Cards can be loaded at the printer’s front end, while the printing ribbon, available in a cassette format, can be dropped into its slot in the printer.

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Report: Consumers want better online authentication

SecureIDNews - Wed, 04/17/2013 - 2:58pm

Consumers don’t like user names and passwords and would rather have multi-purpose identity credentials that could be used across sites, according to a study from the Ponemon Institute.

In the U.S., 46% of individuals don’t trust systems that rely on user names and passwords for access. Another 38% don’t trust sites unless they require frequent password resets. “People expect more, especially when visiting a bank versus social media site,” says Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of the Ponemon Institute. “People are expecting businesses to do more on the authentication side.”

The idea of a multi-purpose identity credential to manage access to multiple sites is appealing with 51% of consumers interested. The multi-purpose identity credential would be managed by a trusted provider, who in turn licenses authentication capability to organizations providing cloud-based services such as banks, retailers, health care, government agencies and other Internet service providers.

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Immigration bill proposes $1 billion for new Social Security card

SecureIDNews - Wed, 04/17/2013 - 12:47pm

Smart card possible? Changes to employee verification system also proposed

The proposed immigration reform act calls for $1 billion to create and issue new Social Security cards.

The new cards would have to be “fraud-resistant, tamper-resistant, wear-resistant and identity theft-resistant social security cards.” Specific card technologies were not mentioned in the bill but there are only a handful of technologies that would fit the criteria.

If the bill passes as is the Social Security Administration’s commissioner would have 180 days to start work on issuing the new credentials. And within five-years the administration would only be issuing the new credentials. The $1 billion would in the fiscal year 2014 budget and remain available until spent.

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Saudi Arabia university upgrades ID cards

SecureIDNews - Tue, 04/16/2013 - 10:42am

Bell ID has been selected King Fahd University for Petroleum and Minerals in Saudi Arabia, to advance its smart card identity management system. In addition to a software upgrade, the solution has been extended to include time and attendance functionality for staff and contractors.

Bell ID Identity Token Manager is Web-based software that enables issuers of chip-based identity cards, such as universities, governments and enterprises, to deploy and manage single and multi-application identity schemes. In addition to managing credentials on cards, the solution offers the possibility to load and manage these on mobile devices containing a near field communication chip.

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Russia launches smart card based on NXP's SmartMX2 with banking, transport and eGov functionality

SecureIDNews - Tue, 04/16/2013 - 7:43am

NXP announced with ALIOTH, a Russian government and payment cards solutions provider, the launch of a multi-application contactless smart card solution product called SCOne based on NXP’s SmartMX2 microcontroller with banking, transport ticketing and eGovernment functionality.

The availability of this new SmartMX2-based card follows the announcement that the Moscow Department of Transport has selected MIFARE Plus for the new “TROIKA” smart card project. Additionally, the city of St. Petersburg is also using MIFARE Plus technology for its public transport system.

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Quantum Secure unveils CIV software

SecureIDNews - Thu, 04/11/2013 - 10:33am

Quantum Secure introduced “SAFE for CIV,” a software solution that aims to close the physical identity management gap between PIV and non-PIV badge holders for government agencies. This solution will create one system to manage all identities while maintaining the security standards of PIV credentials.

Quantum Secure’s SAFE for CIV software solution enables users to manage the entire lifecycle of CIV cards, cardholders and associated PKI certificates with audit and reporting. The software includes the following features:

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Digital Identification Solutions releases new printer drivers

SecureIDNews - Thu, 04/11/2013 - 9:45am

Digital Identification Solutions AG announced the release of EDIsecure Connect, a software solution that drives multiple hardware systems and offers different security features across models on the same platform.

EDIsecure Connect is designed to be more than a conventional printer driver, providing a range of functional elements and is available in three different levels, including the free BASIC version, the feature rich PRO version, and the integration enabled software development kit.

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Entrust updates mobile credential software

SecureIDNews - Wed, 04/10/2013 - 11:47am

Entrust Inc. updated its mobile smart credential, offering a multi-purpose digital identity for secure physical, logical and cloud access. The Entrust IdentityGuard Mobile Smart Credential 2.0 offers new capabilities to complete identity-assured transactions, signing digital transactions and documents all from a mobile device.

The Entrust IdentityGuard Mobile Smart Credential offers a defense against malware-based fraud attacks by empowering users to authenticate enterprise, web or cloud transactions via a mobile channel. By moving transactions out-of-band to the mobile channel, users cannot only review the exact details of the transaction they are about to perform, they can also confirm and approve them in real time from their phone.

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New Identive smart card reader uses iPad, iPhone for secure network authentication

SecureIDNews - Wed, 04/10/2013 - 10:46am

Identive has launched its iAuthenticate smart card reader solution, which has been certified by Apple’s MFi program for use with iPhones and iPads mobile devices.

The iAuthenticate reader will enable customers to use their Apple mobile devices to self-authenticate to secure networks, web sites and payment systems via chip-based smart IDs or credit cards.

Initially targeting the iPhone 4S and 3GS models, second and third generation iPads and original iPads running iOS 5.0 or later, iAuthenticate has added an adapter that will support use of the iPhone 5, fourth generation iPad and the new iPad mini. The readers are currently available directly from Identive or from its authorized resellers.

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Smart Card Alliance Access Control Council plans for 2013

SecureIDNews - Wed, 04/10/2013 - 10:42am

The Smart Card Alliance’s Access Control Council will stay the course, as the use of standards-based, secure identity credentials for both physical and logical access as well as government ID will remain the focal point of its activities in 2013.

The Access Control Council made strides in 2012, advancing the use of standards-based secure identity credentials and 2013 will see the council to work more closely with government as it moves forward with updated and new standards.

The Council plans to hold workshops as well as generate white papers to show organizations in both the government and private sectors that employing existing standards coupled with smart card technology can yield higher levels of security for physical and logical access.

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