1Kosmos’s BlockID platform has completed a third-party testing process and received NIST SP 800-63 certification. The test was carried out by the Kantara Initiative, which evaluates identity solutions to determine whether or not they meet NIST and ISO standards, and whether they conform to Kantara’s own Identity Assurance scheme and Trust Framework Program.
BlockID was able to pass all of those tests, and now boasts NIST SP 800-63 rev.3 IAL2 and AAL2 Class of Approval, based on requirements detailed in the NIST SP 800-63-3 Digital Identity Guidelines. The certification acts as a Trust Mark that indicates that 1Kosmos is able to deliver a certain level of security, and should increase the appeal of BlockID with organizations that are looking to update their authentication protocols.
To that end, BlockID combines biometrics with a private blockchain to generate a reusable digital identity that can be used for subsequent authentication requests. The platform can be used to protect internal and public-facing applications, and is available in Workforce, Verify, and Customers varieties.
“COVID-19 forced businesses to accelerate digital transformation of goods and services virtually overnight,” said 1Kosmos Founder and CEO Hemen Vimadalal. “We help identify, acquire and retain legitimate customers to weed out fraudsters with the least amount of friction. This helps make consumption of these services enjoyable for users.”
“There’s unprecedented demand for services such as 1Kosmos BlockID brought about by recent global events,” added Kantara Executive Director Colin Wallis. “Most of those customers—in particular, public sector customers—are very discerning on what they procure, with third-party conformity assessment, approval and certification more broadly to meet government authentication, fraud prevention and privacy requirements embedded into purchasing policy.”
This is the second major certification for BlockID after the platform received FIDO2 certification in October. The platform has since been listed on the Auth0 Marketplace, and been made available through a new consulting arrangement with MorganFranklin.
May 13, 2021 – by Eric Weiss