Blink Identity will be looking to pick up new government and corporate clients after achieving SOC 2 Type 1 certification. The accomplishment indicates that Blink Identity’s facial recognition tech lives up to certain security standards, which in turn will allow the company to provide authentication services for more heavily regulated organizations.
The independent security testing firm Prescient Assurance carried out Blink’s SOC 2 evaluation. Blink also credited ControlMap for helping it prepare for the audit process.
The actual Service Organization Control (SOC) 2 Type 1 standard looks at an organization’s internal practices to determine whether or not they are handling sensitive data in a secure fashion. Organizations that meet the standard need to demonstrate that they can provide a consistent level of service, and that they can do so while ensuring that any personal information remains confidential. The examination is based on the Trust Services Criteria, a framework that was set up to mitigate the risk of identity theft and lost data.
“Obtaining the SOC 2 Type 1 certification reinforces our ongoing commitment to the security, availability, and processing integrity of our platform,” said Blink CTO Alex Kilpatrick. “Our clients can feel confident that we are making every investment to establish and maintain the highest level of security and compliance.”
“Passing the SOC 2 audit gives us a distinct competitive edge as we can assure our current and prospect customers that we have taken all steps necessary to keep their data safe, thereby protecting them from potential data breaches,” added CEO Mary Haskett.
Blink Identity specializes in in-person facial recognition. In the past, the company has primarily targeted large event spaces like stadiums and concert halls, where its technology can be used for biometric ticketing. The technology was good enough to win a City Startup Challenge with Manchester City FC, while Ticketmaster parent company Live Nation contributed to a $1.5 million round of seed funding back in 2018. However, some high-profile musicians and privacy advocates have objected to the use of facial recognition technology for ticketing applications.
April 22, 2022 – by Eric Weiss