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Follow Philly’s Lead and Dive into the Big Data Future

Nextgov.com News Articles - Tue, 03/26/2013 - 6:26pm
Philadelphia’s Chief Data Officer Mark Headd describes the tangible benefits of open government.
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Episode 105: 'Death to NSTIC?'

SecureIDNews - Tue, 03/26/2013 - 10:35am

Much has been said and written about the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace but Phil Wolff wanted to take a different look at the initiative. Wolff, strategy director at the Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium, was admittedly being “irascible” when he first started the session at a conference but he also wanted people to look for possible pitfalls with the plan and prepare accordingly. The “Death to NSTIC” panel has been held twice and Wolff also has written a white paper that looks at the possible risks with the initiative.



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SecureKey unveils new ID platform

SecureIDNews - Tue, 03/26/2013 - 10:09am

SecureKey Technologies Inc. announced the commercial availability of its cloud-based briidge.net identity and authentication platform – a solution that enables people to use devices and credentials they already have to perform strong two-factor authentication.

The briidge.net suite of enterprise federated authentication services aims to be easy for people to use and reduces the number of user IDs and passwords, without sacrificing security and privacy.

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Report discusses dynamics of authentication in BYOD environment

SecureIDNews - Tue, 03/26/2013 - 9:39am

Secure transaction consultancy Intelling has released a new Smart Insights Report report entitled “Smart authentication to tackle BYOD issues” that discusses the trends and forecasts for secure transactions in a BYOD environment.

Intelling forecasts that BYOD software authentication solution shipments will reach 223 million units by 2018, which is a compound annual growth rate of 27%. However, this growth will not outstrip that of BYOD hardware authentication solution shipments, which is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 46% and reach 343 million units.

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The future of the identity credential

SecureIDNews - Mon, 03/25/2013 - 1:26pm

Ayman S. Ashour, Chairman and CEO, Identive Group

From the beginning of time, humans have employed an array of methods for identifying people and deciding how to rank them in terms of what we in the identification industry now call “privilege management.”

Early man relied on simple, direct visual or voice identification of others to grant a privilege such as sharing a meal or shelter. Larger human settlements added markings, colours, code words or sounds to help with identification and the management of a limited number of important, often vital, privileges.

As settlements expanded into villages, towns and cities, the need to deal with total strangers and finding methods for granting them specific privileges became more complicated and relied more on proving one’s relationship with a known and trusted person or group.

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Virginia DMV enabling identity services

SecureIDNews - Mon, 03/25/2013 - 8:58am

Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles has entered the implementation phase of a multi-year identity management plan that will enable the sharing of authentication data between state agencies.

ZDNet reports that the system— which hopes to improve service, reduce fraud and cut costs — hinges on the Commonwealth Authentication Service. The system provides identity attributes on an enterprise scale as well as supplies ID functionality to other state agencies enabling them to cut back on credential issuance and instead focus on other agency services.

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EU regulators accuse smart card chipmakers of price-fixing

SecureIDNews - Thu, 03/21/2013 - 1:55pm

European Union regulators are investigating manufacturers of microchips for smart cards, looking at possible incidents of price-fixing.

According to a report by Bloomberg, the European Commission may send selected, but unnamed, companies a statement of objections that lists the antitrust concerns.

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New York getting new IDs

SecureIDNews - Thu, 03/21/2013 - 8:22am

This summer, the state of New York will be replacing its state IDs with a new design that officials hope will curb forgeries.

As reported on New York Magazine’s website, the new IDs will be polycarbonate cards with black-and-white pictures. They’ll be engraved with personal data, and will contain an image of the user that will be visible from either side of the ID.

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SARGENT unveils remote locks

SecureIDNews - Tue, 03/19/2013 - 11:02am

SARGENT, an ASSA ABLOY Group company, is showcasing its Profile Series v.G1.5 lock with RF Fob, which enables teachers and others in authority to remotely secure classroom locks during an emergency.

The SARGENT Profile Series v.G1.5 is a standalone access control lock that can be opened using a key, PIN code or prox card. It is available in mortise lock, cylindrical lock or exit device configurations. The v.G1.5 supports up to 2,000 users and provides a 2,000-event audit trail.

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Lenovo adding NFC to ThinkPads

SecureIDNews - Tue, 03/19/2013 - 8:52am

Lenovo plans to add NFC technology to its line of ThinkPads, reports Pocket-Lint. The NFC capability will allow users to use contactless credit credit cards to tap their card to the device to pay for items they purchase online.

Lenovo made the announcement at the Engadget Expand conference. It plans to add NFC to some of its devices for availability this year, although the company didn’t specify which products would get the upgrade.

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HP discusses contemporary hacking, offers best practice advice

SecureIDNews - Mon, 03/18/2013 - 9:48am

As identification technologies evolve, so too do hackers. This was a topic of discussion at Smart Card Alliance’s 11th Annual Government Convention held in Washington, D.C. in November.

“If you don’t first know who’s on your network, you don’t really know if they’re supposed to be there,” says Betsy Hight, vice president of the Cybersecurity Practice at HP.


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Precise Biometrics preps Android version of Tactivo

SecureIDNews - Fri, 03/15/2013 - 9:11am

Precise Biometrics announced that it’s working on an Android version of its mobile fingerprint sensor that it will launch at the end of the second quarter.

While Tactivo already supports iOS, Precise is expanding its reach to other operating systems so that it can cover more smart phones and tablets that its government and enterprise customers use.

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High profile East Yorkshire office building chooses biometric readers

SecureIDNews - Thu, 03/14/2013 - 9:33am

The new $6.7 million Allam Marine offices building in East Yorkshire, U.K., has ordered iEvo’s biometric fingerprint readers with Lumidigm multispectral imaging sensors for building access control.

Allam Marine opted for a biometric access control system over a card-basd access system due to difficulty tracking cards through loss or swapping and easy card breakage.

The installation featured a Boon Edam Circlelock entrance for standard access. Secondary opening actions can be done from dedicated readers throughout the building. The system features a way to keep the circle lock open for corporate open days, and it has full biometric accountability.

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Audio from February 27 IAB meeting online now

SecureIDNews - Thu, 03/14/2013 - 9:31am

The February meeting of the influential Government Smart Card Interagency Advisory Board (IAB) was recently held in Washington D.C. FIPS201.com was on hand to cover the event and has provided, as a service to the IAB and the smart card community, an audio recording of the presentations. Click on the link below to access a list of audio and accompanying PowerPoint slides (in pdf format).

Visit FIPS201.com to hear the presentations and view the slides.  

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Fingerprint enabled fob for secure storage, data access

SecureIDNews - Wed, 03/13/2013 - 12:26pm

The problems with passwords will go away with a new device trying to get funding on Kickstarter. Mark Thacker, the COO and co-founder of myIDkey, has a startup that developed a USB-sized device which stores and displays secure passwords and information, according to a report on dvice.com.

MyIDkey uses fingerprint for authentication and voice-activation to unlock passwords and files that are securely stored on the cloud and then viewed on the device’s small screen. Not only can it store and display passwords, important files can be stored on the device, such as Social Security numbers, phone numbers and photos, explains Ben Chen, myIDkey’s executive chairman.

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BYOT may be the next trend in two-factor authentication

SecureIDNews - Wed, 03/13/2013 - 8:11am

SecurEnvoy, a tokenless two-factor authentication provider, is promoting the concept of BYOT, or Bring Your Own Token, as the next trend in providing layered secure authentication to systems and networks.

The problem with tokens as a second authentication factor, says SecurEnvoy, is that a user must always carry a token in order to authenticate. However, most people do already carry around a smart phone, tablet or mobile device. According to a survey by industry association BITKOM, nearly 30% of those surveyed were investigating BYOD issues, and nearly half were interested in mobile applications. Companies can leverage these devices to provide an additional layer of security when logging into a system.

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HID survey seeks your input as a leader in access control industry

SecureIDNews - Mon, 03/11/2013 - 12:01pm



HID Global’s Access Control Best Practices Survey

In preparation for HID Global’s annual strategy briefing at ISC West on April 11th, the company is surveying subject matter experts in the field of access control. The goal is to explore key trends, perceptions and issues in access control from a broad spectrum of integrators, installers, dealers, consultants and end-users. All responses are anonymous. To participate, click here.


  

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NSTIC pilot with AAAE goes live

SecureIDNews - Mon, 03/11/2013 - 11:17am

Daon and the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) announced that AAAE is the initial pilot participant to go live as part of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace initiative. Enrollment of AAAE airport executive members taking part in the Daon-led pilot has begun.

Participating AAAE members will use credentials based on Daon’s IdentityX risk-based, multi-factor, mobile authentication technology to access restricted, member-only areas of the association’s web site. They will utilize their smart phones or tablets to verify their identity each time they access the web site sections that house sensitive data. TrustX, a Daon affiliate, hosts the identity management services in the cloud.

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The biggest challenges for the end issuer with identity

SecureIDNews - Mon, 03/11/2013 - 9:42am

By Kathleen Phillips, vice president of distributed issuance, Datacard Group

One of the challenges companies face with establishing or upgrading an identity solution is that there is no single “right” solution. It all depends on many factors, including selecting the best solution for the size of an organization – needs change from larger enterprises to smaller organization. Also, we have to consider the business needs – such as if they require the ability to protect physical property and people, and/or they need to also protect intellectual property (IP).

To ensure that the right solution is appropriate, it is in the company’s best interest to perform a thorough analysis of what the current situation is of the company and industry, as well as what the needs are for a successful program and implementation. Organizations should do this analysis in partnership with identity solution providers and/or consultants.

Here are some areas to explore as you determine the right solution for your organization:

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National University Of Ireland deploys SALTO XS4 access control products

SecureIDNews - Mon, 03/11/2013 - 9:39am

The National University of Ireland has selected SALTO Systems to secure its recent extension to the John Paul II Library, according to SourceSecurityInfo.com.

To handle security into and within the new 6,200 square meter building, the National University of Ireland has deployed the latest in contactless access control systems from SALTO Systems and fitted them to turnstiles, internal and external doors.

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