Security

Microsoft Cites Security in Announcing Halt to Windows 7 Support

Microsoft Cites Security in Announcing Halt to Windows 7 Support

Microsoft has been trying to get users to upgrade from Windows 7 for years, and with Windows 10 now available the company appears ready to really pull the plug. As BetaNews reports, an announcement on the official German website for Microsoft says that in 2020, the company will put a permanent halt to all Windows 7…

NEC to Put Biometrics in Spotlight at Retail’s Big Show

NEC to Put Biometrics in Spotlight at Retail’s Big Show

NEC Corporation of America is going to have a strong presence at next week’s Retail’s Big Show, and biometric technologies will be prominent among its showcased solutions. One example is it’s “Kylie” system, a digital avatar that uses facial recognition to identify and greet known customers and to provide them with personalized marketing. The same…

Year in Review 2016: Biometrics Truly Feel Mainstream

Year in Review 2016: Biometrics Truly Feel Mainstream

After a year of dynamic change and massive growth for the biometrics and identity tech industries, and with CES having come to its conclusion on Sunday, we are now firmly entrenched in 2017. In December we conducted our 14th annual Year in Review survey, presented in association with SIA, and now it’s time to breakdown the…

Partnership Combines Secure Entrance Solutions with Biometric Access Control

Partnership Combines Secure Entrance Solutions with Biometric Access Control

Israel-based IdentyTech has teamed up with Boon Edam to bring the latter’s secure entrance solutions to its biometric access control portfolio. The integration will combine IdentyTech’s fingerprint, facial, and palm vein recognition identification technologies with Boon Edam’s anti-tailgating turnstile and revolving door solutions to offer customer even more secure access control options. In a statement…

Suprema Climbs A&S Security Rankings

Suprema Climbs A&S Security Rankings

Suprema has climbed a few notches on A&S Magazine’s Security 50 rankings. It’s an annual ranking of the world’s biggest security companies based on market share or product shipments. Suprema has ranked consistently since 2011, and has now jumped from 34th in last year’s rankings to 31st this year. In a statement announcing the jump,…

Visa Decries EBA’s High-Friction eCommerce Authentication Proposals

Visa Decries EBA’s High-Friction eCommerce Authentication Proposals

“There’s still time for changes to the EBA’s proposal, and the organization has solicited feedback, and received it from the likes of the FIDO Alliance, whose members by and large concern themselves with technologies aimed at both improving security and reducing friction, such as biometric authentication.” Visa is decrying European regulatory efforts to improve security…

Fujitsu to Offer Vascular Biometric Security for SAP Customers

Fujitsu to Offer Vascular Biometric Security for SAP Customers

Fujitsu has sealed a deal to offer its vascular biometric authentication technology for SAP IT systems. The company has signed on to a global reseller agreement with realtime AG, a prominent, certified service provider for SAP systems. Through that deal, Fujitsu will offer it PalmSecure BioLock access control solution to organizations using SAP ERP and…

Small Businesses Need Digital Security, Too: NIST

Small Businesses Need Digital Security, Too: NIST

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is reaching out to small business owners to help them improve their digital security with a new guidebook entitled ‘Small Business Information Security: The Fundamentals’. In a statement, the document’s co-author, Pat Toth, explained that while many small business operators “think that cybersecurity is too expensive or difficult”,…

UK Government Embraces FIDO in Formal Digital Security Strategy

UK Government Embraces FIDO in Formal Digital Security Strategy

The UK government is deepening its commitment to the FIDO Alliance’s authentication standards. It has just laid out its UK National Cyber Security Strategy in an 84-page document, and adherence to FIDO is an important component, observes the FIDO Alliance’s Brett McDowell in a new post on the Alliance’s website. As McDowell notes, the UK…

NeoFace Idm Can Search Video for Faces by Time and Grouping

NeoFace Idm Can Search Video for Faces by Time and Grouping

“…given NEC’s previous successful law enforcement deployments with its NeoFace technology, NeoFace Idm will likely find some interested clients for this new software.” NEC has announced a new offering based on its NeoFace facial recognition technology. Called NeoFace Image data mining, or NeoFace Idm, the software is designed to scan through video footage for specified faces.…

Biometrics Panel Sells Out at Money20/20 – 1,000 FinTech Execs Attending

Biometrics Panel Sells Out at Money20/20 – 1,000 FinTech Execs Attending

Biometrics and Identity at Money 20/20 – Pt. 2 “The tremendous reception for FindBiometrics and Mobile ID World’s third annual biometrics panel at the world’s hottest FinTech show cements our position at the center of the financial biometrics and identity communities,” – Peter O’Neill, President, FindBiometrics and Mobile ID World On Monday at Money20/20 in Las…

INTERVIEW: Joe Rosenkrantz, CEO, FaceFirst

INTERVIEW: Joe Rosenkrantz, CEO, FaceFirst

FindBiometrics president Peter O’Neill recently interviewed Joe Rosenkrantz, CEO, FaceFirst. The conversation begins with a brief recap of the company’s origins and ambitions before reviewing the company’s powerful facial recognition solutions, the markets they serve, and how innovations in mobility have affected the evolution of the FaceFirst system. Because privacy is at the forefront of face…

Centrify Joins STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Campaign

Centrify Joins STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Campaign

“Among the authentication tools used by the company are biometrics and YubiKey USB key devices.” Centrify has joined in on the National Cyber Security Alliance’s STOP. THINK. CONNECT. campaign to raise awareness about digital security. Through its Centrify Identity Platform, the company offers the enterprise sector a multi-factor digital authentication platform. Among the authentication tools…

New York to Test Facial Recognition at Bridge, Tunnel Crossings

New York to Test Facial Recognition at Bridge, Tunnel Crossings

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced new measures to modernize the state’s bridge and tunnel crossings, including biometric identification technology. Security is a major component of the modernization plan, which will see anti-terrorism units paired with traffic enforcement at important crossings, along with a strong State Police and National Guardsmen presence. Meanwhile, cameras will…

Yahoo to Announce Massive Data Breach: Recode

Yahoo to Announce Massive Data Breach: Recode

Yahoo is preparing to officially announce that it has suffered a serious data breach, according to Recode. Citing unnamed sources close to the company, Recode reports that Yahoo will soon go public with the results of an internal investigation into a hack attack that first came to light in August when an individual began offering…

Suprema to Showcase Latest BioEntry, BioStar Solutions at Security Essen 2016

Suprema to Showcase Latest BioEntry, BioStar Solutions at Security Essen 2016

Suprema is will showcase its BioEntry W2 access control solution at the Security Essen 2016 security and fire prevention trade show in Germany. It’s the latest promotional push for BioEntry W2, which is designed for outdoor applications and offers a fingerprint biometrics matching speed of 150,000 per second. The system was launched this past June…

Security Researchers Spoof Faces With 3D Models Built From Social Media Pics

Security Researchers Spoof Faces With 3D Models Built From Social Media Pics

Your face can be replicated in a virtual model and used for biometric authentication, suggests new research from a University of North Carolina team. As Wired reports, the researchers showed how this can be done at the recent Usenix security conference. They looked up digital images of volunteers on social networks such as Facebook and…

Mid-Year Update Shows Realization of Predicted Trends for 2016: HID Global

Mid-Year Update Shows Realization of Predicted Trends for 2016: HID Global

HID Global is offering a mid-year update to the 2016 trends the company predicted at the start of the year. Looking at its first prediction—the continuing ‘mobilizing’ of security—the company says there is growing demand for mobile security options. As a recent example, HID Global points to its CityPoint office building deployment in London, which…

Sudden Transition to Biometric Screening Causes Delays at South African Airport

Sudden Transition to Biometric Screening Causes Delays at South African Airport

South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has implemented biometric security screening for non-citizen visitors to the country at the OR Tambo International Airport. The deployment caused significant delays, with DHA and airline authorities telling media that both authorities and travelers’ efforts to transition to the system led to slower processing. Speaking to Traveller24, a spokesperson…

More Than 200 Products Are Now FIDO Certified

More Than 200 Products Are Now FIDO Certified

The FIDO Alliance is seeing growing enthusiasm for its authentication standards in a world that is increasingly dissatisfied with password-based security. The organization has announced that more than 200 products are now FIDO Certified. That suggests considerable growth, given that FIDO had only reached the 150-product mark in April; and indeed the consortium says that it has seen…

Biometric Authentication Report Argues for On-Device Approach

Biometric Authentication Report Argues for On-Device Approach

A new white paper is highlighting the value of device-side biometric matching. Commissioned by Nok Nok Labs, the report was drafted by PwC Legal, Price Waterhouse Coopers’ advisory service on legal matters. The report’s authors highlight the advantages and risks associated with biometric authentication. In a statement announcing the report, PwC Legal partner Stewart Room…

Voice Biometrics Month 2016: Voice and the IoT

Voice Biometrics Month 2016: Voice and the IoT

The Need For Security in IoT Increased connectivity is leading to all sorts of technological innovation, bearing the potential for a great deal of increased efficiency, not only in the world of industry, but also in at home and in the car. The Internet of Things, both industrial and commercial, promises levels of automation, customization,…

Apple is Balancing Security With Convenience

Apple is Balancing Security With Convenience

Market analyst Ben Bajarin sat through an in-depth Apple presentation on security last week, and reports that the Cupertino company’s approach is, basically, the real deal. Writing for Tech.pinions, Bajarin asserts that Apple’s presenters repeatedly returned to the theme of “balancing security with ease of use”. While that may sound to cynics like corporate doublespeak allowing security…

VIRDI Access Control Tech Integrated Into HIKVISION Video Surveillance Platform

VIRDI Access Control Tech Integrated Into HIKVISION Video Surveillance Platform

With a new agreement, South Korea-based VIRDI has integrated its biometric access control solution into HIKVISION’s video surveillance platform. The new solution leverages VIRDI’s biometric technology to bring multimodal authentication to the HIKVISION iVMS-5200P video management system, allowing for a combination of fingerprint scanning, facial recognition, card reading, and mobile-based authentication. The solution is aimed…

HID Global Plans Strong Presence for ISC West

HID Global Plans Strong Presence for ISC West

Secure identity solutions provider HID Global plans a strong presence for this year’s ISC West security conference, with its executives scheduled to speak on a range of topics. Product Marketing VP Chip Epps and Strategic Innovation Director Daniel Bailin will together deliver a presentation on “Enabling Compliance for Physical and Cyber Security in Mobile Devices”,…

CloudLock Adopts RSA Via Access Security

CloudLock Adopts RSA Via Access Security

RSA Via Access is now being used to add extra security to CloudLock, a company specializing in cloud-based security solutions. The platform offers security on a sliding scale, tailoring its security architecture based on individual risk assessments based on contextual factors such as, for example, the device someone is using to gain access to sensitive…

MXSERVER Facial Recognition Platform Integrates Toshiba Algorithm Software

MXSERVER Facial Recognition Platform Integrates Toshiba Algorithm Software

Tygart has further enhanced its MXSERVER facial recognition platform with the integration of Toshiba’s Face Recognition Software Library. The SDK is essentially another tool in the MXSERVER toolkit. MXSERVER is designed as an algorithm agnostic platform that can leverage various facial recognition technologies depending on the specific needs to a given deployment. Now it has…

Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection Uses Behavioral Sensors

Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection Uses Behavioral Sensors

Microsoft is launching an advanced version of its Windows Defender anti-malware system. Called Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, it’s aimed at the enterprise level, with an eye to countering the increasingly sophisticated digital threats that organizations face. In a blog post announcing the new platform, Microsoft asserts that it builds on the considerable security framework…

Scottish Gov’t Won’t Fund Facial Recognition Plan for Soccer Stadiums

Scottish Gov’t Won’t Fund Facial Recognition Plan for Soccer Stadiums

The Scottish Government says it will not finance a facial recognition system for soccer stadiums. It’s a blow to plans first announced last month, when the Scottish Professional Football League put forward the idea as a security measure in the wake of unruly fan behavior; the idea would be to use it to automatically flag…

Texas Transit Agency to Scan Faces of Train Passengers

Texas Transit Agency to Scan Faces of Train Passengers

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), North Texas’ biggest municipal transit agency, is bringing cameras and facial recognition technology to its trains. Whereas the Beijing Railway Station in China recently introduced facial recognition as a means of efficiently processing passengers in the onboarding process, DART’s move is primarily intended as a security measure, at least partly…

White House Digital Security Plan Prompts Dialogue

White House Digital Security Plan Prompts Dialogue

The Obama administration has announced a new Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP) as part of an effort to improve Americans’ digital security, and the move is prompting some dialogue. The CNAP entails a number of key measures, including the establishment of a Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity, a proposed $3.1 billion Information Technology Modernization Fund,…

NCSA Expands Digital Security Info Session Tour

NCSA Expands Digital Security Info Session Tour

“The additional NCSA information sessions will be facilitated with help from new partners and IT training specialists CompTIA, Logical Operations, and New Horizons.” The nonprofit, government-backed National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) has added 15 cities to its “Get Two Steps Ahead: Protect Your Digital Life” tour in support of raising public awareness about digital security.…

Password-Based Security is ‘Untenable’: EyeVerify

Password-Based Security is ‘Untenable’: EyeVerify

EyeVerify is adding its voice to the chorus decrying password security. In a new blog post, the company details the many reasons why passwords are terribly inadequate for contemporary users. The post’s author begins with a list of common password guidelines, such as ensuring that a password has a mix of letters, numbers, and special…

Morpho Allies With Orange Cyberdefense

Morpho Allies With Orange Cyberdefense

Morpho (Safran) and Orange Cyberdefense have announced a new partnership that will see the companies cross-promote their digital security solutions. According to the new agreement, Morpho will bring to the table its digital identity expertise, particularly in the area of biometric solutions, while Orange Cyberdefense will allow Morpho to leverage its network of Security Operations…

New Intel Processor Line Features Multi-Factor Security Platform

New Intel Processor Line Features Multi-Factor Security Platform

Intel has launched its newest processor product line, the 6th Generation Intel Core vPro. In addition to improvements in performance and design, the new product family has a strong security focus, with biometrics in the mix. The company calls its new security platform Intel Authenticate and, borrowing concepts from the likes of the FIDO Alliance,…

Integrated Biometrics Credits Immigration For Heightened Interest

Integrated Biometrics Credits Immigration For Heightened Interest

Integrated Biometrics is seeing increased interest in its technology, the company has announced. In a press release, Integrated Biometrics credited the rising interest to “events surrounding immigration, border security, and terrorism”. In outlining this interest, CEO Mike Grimes highlights his company’s recent participation in international industrial events like Biometrics and Identity 2015, CARTES Secure Connexions…

Businesses Looking Beyond The Password

Businesses Looking Beyond The Password

Businesses are investing more in cybersecurity and are exploring password alternatives, according to a new survey commissioned by authentication solutions provider SecureAuth. Carried out by Wakefield Research, the survey polled 308 US-based cybersecurity experts near the end of November. Fifty-nine percent of respondents reported that their employer had suffered a digital security breach in the…

Shoplifter Warning System to Test Facial Recognition

Shoplifter Warning System to Test Facial Recognition

A shoplifter warning system popular among UK retailers is about to start testing facial recognition. Called Facewatch, the system was pioneered by Simon Gordon, the owner of a High Street wine bar, who sought to use CCTV to help identify thieves who were pilfering customers’ belongings in his establishment. He shared it with other store…

Symantec Is Replacing Passwords

Symantec Is Replacing Passwords

IT security specialist Symantec is preparing new tools to help replace the password, the company has announced. Calling password security “weak and crap” at a media event, Symantec executive Nick Savvides outlined what the company has in the works for 2016. One of the company’s key moves will be to upgrade its Symantec Validation and…

Indian Navy Equips Fishermen with Biometric IDs

Indian Navy Equips Fishermen with Biometric IDs

India’s navy is equipping fishermen with biometric identification in an effort to improve coastal security. Speaking to press on Navy Day, Chief Admiral R.K. Dhowan explained that the program was implemented in the wake of a 2008 terror attack involving a hijacked fishing vessel. The navy has now established 87 automatic identification stations, which complement…

Neurotechnology Rebrands Surveillance System, Upgrades SDK

Neurotechnology Rebrands Surveillance System, Upgrades SDK

Neurotechnology has announced a new SDK for its comprehensive automated surveillance system. The latest version of its system since the SDK upgrades earlier this fall also has a new name: Previously called VeriLook, it now sports the moniker SentiVeillance. The system has a number of advanced surveillance capabilities. Scanning a single video feed or those of…

ZKAccess Announces Lockdown Solution

ZKAccess Announces Lockdown Solution

Biometric and RFID access control solutions provider ZKAccess has announced a new access control solution for emergency situations. Called the LB7000, it’s a “lockbox” system designed to effectively shut down the entrances and exits of designated facilities. It’s basically a switch designed to be flipped in emergency situations: Mounted on a wall, its hardware allows…

Morpho Launches New Multimodal Handheld

Morpho Launches New Multimodal Handheld

Morpho (Safran) has announced a new, handheld biometric identification tool for security applications. Called MorphoRapID 2, the device is about the size of the kind of credit/debit card reader found in many restaurants – though it offers far more sophisticated technology. MorphoRapID 2 features a FAP 30-certified fingerprint sensor and a high-resolution camera for the…

US Security Agencies to Discuss Biometrics at Informal Summit

US Security Agencies to Discuss Biometrics at Informal Summit

The FBI is getting ready to join a number of other prominent government security agencies in an informal, off-the-record conference on border security. The Defense Strategies Institute’s “Town Hall” Border Security and Intelligence Summit will also feature the representatives from the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, and a number of other organizations.…

South Africa to Implement Biometric Screening at Airports

South Africa to Implement Biometric Screening at Airports

South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs is preparing to implement changes to its visa regulations which will include the introduction of biometric scanning at certain border posts, the government has announced. Its current aim is to have the new systems in place by the end of January. The biometric scanning would be introduced in pilot…

MorphoTrust Named CSO50 Award Honoree for Production Security

MorphoTrust Named CSO50 Award Honoree for Production Security

Identity solutions provider MorphoTrust (Safran) has received a major new accolade from CSO for its production standards. The company has been named a 2016 CSO50 Award honoree ahead of the CSO50 Conference + Awards event next April (18th – 20th) in Arizona. The award recognizes the security processes in place at MorphoTrust’s US driver license facilities. The…

Fujitsu Truedentity Integration Leverages PalmSecure

Fujitsu Truedentity Integration Leverages PalmSecure

In a new partnership, Fujitsu has integrated OpenLimit’s data protection technology into its flagship biometric identification system. The resulting Fujitsu PalmSecure Truedentity platform leverages both Fujitsu’s palm vein biometrics scanning and OpenLimit’s Truedentity data transmission security. It’s a development aimed at better protecting the biometric identity data collected and transmitted via Fujitsu’s biometric system. Its…

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