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Securing a BYOD Nation

SecureIDNews - Mon, 02/11/2013 - 9:04am

By Peter Cattaneo, vice president of business development at Intercede

The rapid consumer adoption of powerful smart phones and tablets is revolutionizing enterprises as employees increasingly use these devices to access corporate assets and IT systems. Today, users expect the same mobile experience they have in their off time. Taking and posting photos and videos, using location-based services, downloading and configuring apps, instant messaging and VOIP have joined making ordinary phone calls as part of the culture.

As impactful as they are on our personal lives, these technologies also are having a transformative impact on a workplace – enabling a transition from an “I’ll get back to you” mentality to “here’s the answer.” The new capabilities enabled by these powerful devices have transformed our ability to find information quickly and to communicate with one another.

With employees using one device for both personal and corporate applications, it is essential to make the distinction between personal and professional identity and to implement technology that will manage this distinction. It is obvious that personal and corporate email profiles, for example, are different and need to be managed separately. Rather than ban these devices outright, enterprises increasingly are leveraging both the device’s capabilities and productivity benefits by implementing smart bring your own device (BYOD) policies.

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Global multi-factor authentication market to touch $5.45 billion by 2017

SecureIDNews - Fri, 02/08/2013 - 9:57am

A Companies & Markets report reveals that the global multi-factor authentication market will reach $5.45 billion by 2017.

The report also estimates an estimated compound annual growth rate of 17.3% from 2012 to 2017. Two-factor authentication is most commonly used multi-factor authentication model in the world with smartcard/PIN and one-time password making up the top authentication methods.

Biometric-based multi-factor authentication solutions are also growing at a fast rate. While North America and Europe constitute a majority of the biometric market, APAC is currently the fastest growing region.

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Tennessee deploys driver license renewal kiosks

SecureIDNews - Thu, 02/07/2013 - 2:11pm

MorphoTrust USA and the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security unveiled self-service kiosks for renewal and replacement of driver licenses and ID cards at approximately 40 new locations, including Driver Service Centers, as well as alternate locations, including public libraries and AAA offices.

Tennessee is one of the first states to offer these kiosks in other public locations, reducing customer wait times.

Kiosk users simply swipe their old license, ID or enter identifying information and the kiosk takes a photo and prints a receipt that serves as a temporary license or ID until the permanent one arrives in the mail within five to seven business days.

The kiosks are networked with state driver license records and are equipped with image verification software that compares the person posing for the new photo with the previous license photo to prevent identity theft. Payment can be made with credit or debit cards.

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Oman taps Gemalto for e-passport solution

SecureIDNews - Thu, 02/07/2013 - 12:49pm

Gemalto is providing the Royal Oman Police with an electronic passport solution for the Sultanate. Applicants will be issued with secure travel documents in line with Oman’s goal to provide enhanced services and protection to its citizens, using digital security technologies. 



The solution includes Gemalto’s ICAO compliant Sealys e-passport documents and a full Coesys solution suite to enroll citizens, personalize and issue secure documents. The multi-year contract also covers training, support and maintenance services.

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Twitter reportedly adding extra security

SecureIDNews - Thu, 02/07/2013 - 10:32am

Twitter is reportedly going to add a two-factor authentication option to its login process in an attempt to fend off hacking attacks.

News reports state that Twitter is going to use a 2FA system, like Google employs for its Gmail e-mail system. This system requires users to reauthenticate whenever logging in from a new device or internet address, even when knowing the account’s correct password.

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Pakistan cans smart IDs for expats

SecureIDNews - Tue, 02/05/2013 - 8:59am

Pakistan’s National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has decided to end its program for issuing smart identity cards to Pakistanis overseas, reports Geo News.

The decision came after both the foreign office and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) had reservations about the program. These included concerns about the fact that a foreign company had been contracted to run the program, which could lead to leaks of sensitive information.

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Ministries argue over duplication of efforts in India's I-card plan

SecureIDNews - Tue, 02/05/2013 - 8:15am

India’s Home Ministry has proposed issuing smart biometric resident ID cards through its National Population Register (NPR), a move which some say is duplicating the fforst of the UIDAI program.

As reported by The Economic Times, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is putting together a group of ministers to explore whether or not these programs duplicate efforts. They’ll have to decide whether the Aadhaar’s UIDAI is an ID number or a card and whether or not the NPR program would simply duplicate the UIDAI’s database of biometric information.

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Washington Post outlines case for national ID

SecureIDNews - Mon, 02/04/2013 - 9:55am

There are two ways to achieve immigration reform, one is to deploy law enforcement, sensors and drones to the borders and the other way is to make sure those entering the country illegally can’t find work. In order to make the latter happen is to issues tamper-proof, biometric ID cards, states the Washington Post in an editorial.

The immigration plan outlined by President Obama and eight bi-partisan senators called for a “fraud-proof” ID card but did not go as far as calling for a national ID and use of biometrics.

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Feds require multifactor authentication for Health IT

SecureIDNews - Mon, 02/04/2013 - 4:48am

Higher levels of assurance a necessity

Michael Magrath, Director of Business Development, Government & Healthcare, Gemalto

The health IT landscape appears to be changing for the better when it comes to strong authentication. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT voted Sept. 6 to require multifactor authentication in certain cases involving remote access to patient health information.

When previous recommendations neglected to include stronger authentication requirements for health care professionals accessing electronic health records, the Office of the National Coordinator essentially put patient privacy and security at risk.

They essentially swept security and authentication under the rug in the hope of increasing physician adoption of electronic health records. The Coordinator’s Office did not want to impede adoption of electronic records by making it difficult to use them. The current minimum requirements for identity assurance are set low requiring only a strong password.

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Smartrac revamps its PVC pre-laminates in the UHF frequency range.

SecureIDNews - Mon, 02/04/2013 - 3:21am

Smartrac, a developer of RFID components for a variety of applications, has completed its range of PVC pre-laminates in the ultra-high frequency (UHF) range to enhance convenience in access control applications.

Based on the Impinj Monza 4 IC passive RFID chip family, the pre-laminates offer a reading distance of more than 5 meters, enabling fast and hands-free access to secured areas, gated communities, ski lifts, and many more.

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Presidential Inauguration incorporates XTec's mobile security measures

SecureIDNews - Thu, 01/31/2013 - 4:12am

At this year’s Presidential Inauguration, security and access control firm XTec, helped provide mobile accountability, identity validation and tracking capabilities for the District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency and the District of Columbia National Guard. The two groups used XTec’s XNodes and AuthentX physical access control readers for identity capture and authentication.

XTec set up AuthentX Accountability Stations at District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency Emergency Operation Center. These stations captured identity from Common Access Cards, PIV and PIV-I cards from those entering and leaving the facility.

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Opinion: America should embrace biometric voter IDs

SecureIDNews - Thu, 01/31/2013 - 3:25am

In an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, Robert A. Pastor makes a case for the implementation of biometric voter IDs in America because they can help solve problems with voter fraud and migration.

While more than 30 states already require voters to have identification cards, they haven’t always been used because many state courts have suspended the requirements, citing late implementation, confusing rules and lack of access to the cards.

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Infineon debuts Coil on Module to support global contactless payment applications

SecureIDNews - Wed, 01/30/2013 - 4:36am

Infineon, a manufacturer of semiconductor solutions for payment applications, introduced its Coil on Module chip package to support global distribution of dual interface bank and credit cards.

The new Infineon chip package combines the security chip and antenna using a radio frequency (RF) link - rather than the common mechanical-electrical connection – which improves the robustness of the payment card and simplifies card design and manufacturing.

In conventional card manufacturing processes, the chip module is connected to the card antenna via soldering connections or conductive paste. This method is complex and requires individual adaptation of the antenna design to the respective chip module.

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miiCard receives patent for online identity

SecureIDNews - Wed, 01/30/2013 - 4:18am

miiCard, an online identity verification company, has received a patent for a method of establishing true online identity.

The patent, U.S. Patent number 8,332,322, enables individuals to prove their identity based on an ability to access multiple online financial accounts. The miiCard system regularly runs confirmations of this access to maintain a verified identity. This establishment of online trust is equivalent to the level of a photo ID check.

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Athena and id3 create smart card partnership

SecureIDNews - Wed, 01/30/2013 - 3:43am

Athena Smartcard Solutions and id3 Technologies have created a partnership for match on card smart card technology.

Under the terms of the agreement, Athena will integrate id3’s match on card algorithm, embedding it into all of its operating systems and cards. The algorithms will work with both JavaCard-based and proprietary operating systems. Athena will also use id3’s extractor for fingerprint analysis and storage.

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HID, BehavioSec partner for online authentication

SecureIDNews - Tue, 01/29/2013 - 6:42am

HID Global announced a partnership with BehavioSec, a behavioral biometrics company, to combine its technology with HID Global’s 4TRESS Authentication Server.

The new product employs behavioral “fingerprints” as an additional authentication mechanism. Not only will the new system increase security when a user is first logging on to a network but it will also continuously monitor a session to ensure that a third party has not intercepted any data or taken over for the user.

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The new credential order emerges

SecureIDNews - Tue, 01/29/2013 - 4:14am

Peter Alterman,Chief Operating Officer, SAFE-BioPharma Association

We’ll soon look back on 2012 as the year the future of electronic identity credentialing began to appear out of the cloud – pun intended.

For years, the electronic identity credentialing space has been trying to climb out of the siloed user ID/password hole. Many initiatives and technologies have been thrown at the problem, with notable successes, such as the academic InCommon and related academic federations based on the Shibboleth/SAML technology sponsored by OASIS and Internet2.

These local successes – many with millions of users, so I mean no slight when I call them local – led to the federated identity management initiatives. The U.S. government has a lot to be proud of in this space, having initiated and then led a number of the technical, policy and practice efforts to enable federated identity management globally.

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PIV-enabling google apps

SecureIDNews - Mon, 01/28/2013 - 5:07am

NASA aims for the cloud

Andrew Hudson, Contributing Editor, Avisian Publications

NASA and Google are enabling government employees to access networks more conveniently and securely using their agency-issued Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards.

“NASA has been running a pilot with Google Apps for Government for more than a year,” says Tim Baldridge, former NASA ICAM Solutions Architect who presented the pilot at an Interagency Advisory Board meeting.

The pilot–open to 600 IT personnel at the agency–enables NASA users to connect to Google Apps for Government using their existing PIV smart card for access to networks and accounts.

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Indian prisoners to receive smart cards

SecureIDNews - Mon, 01/28/2013 - 4:47am

Beur Central Model Jail is going to be the first prison to implement India’s new e-prisons program that registers all prisoners and issues them smart cards, reports The Times of India.

Bihar state electronics development corporation has developed the cards, which will contain the prisoner’s name, father’s name, permanent address, fingerprints, phots, identity proof and case details. Additionally, prisoners’ daily wages can be added to the cards, as well as any money that their families send to them.

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Disney's MyMagic+ system faces scrutiny from Congress

SecureIDNews - Mon, 01/28/2013 - 4:34am

The Congressional Bipartisan Privacy Caucus is looking to kill the magic that is Disney’s new MyMagic+ system, which leverages mobile apps and an RFID-enabled bracelet called a MagicBand that can serve as payment, resort key, parking pass and serve to other theme park functions.

According to Adweek, the party’s co-chair, Congressman Ed Markey from Massachusetts is worried that the system could track, collect and potentially target young children. .

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