Mark Cornett

Cheif Operating Officer Mark Cornett joined NexID Biometrics in 2011, following a decade of general management and startup experience with Fused Solutions / SpiceCSM, a BPO and SaaS company, respectively. Prior to his time with Fused Solutions, Mr. Cornett was a faculty member and academic program director at Clarkson University, serving there thirteen years. During the first ten years of his professional career Mr. Cornett was employed as a sales and marketing professional with the Hewlett-Packard Company.

Precise Biometrics finalizes acquisition of NexID Biometrics

Potsdam, NY – February 10, 2017 –

NexID Biometrics is pleased to report it has finalized the sale of all company assets to Precise Biometrics, after securing necessary government approvals. Precise Biometrics informed the market about the sale on December 13, 2016, and finalized its closing today. Additional information is available here.

Precise Biometrics Acquires the Business of NexID Biometrics

Lund, Sweden – December 13, 2016 – Precise Biometrics to acquire the business of NexID Biometrics – adding liveness detection to its industry leading fingerprint software solutions

Precise Biometrics, a leader in fingerprint software, has entered into an agreement to acquire the assets of NexID Biometrics, a specialist in spoof mitigation and liveness detection solutions for the biometric authentication industry. The acquisition will enable Precise Biometrics to rapidly expand its offering of fingerprint recognition software with liveness detection, significantly increasing security and addressing customer demand for fraud mitigation. The acquisition will create further conditions for growth in the fast developing market for fingerprint technology. Precise Biometrics intends to finance the acquisition through a private placement of shares to be implemented as soon as possible. Click here to read complete press release.

Chaos Computer Club Creates Fingerprint Spoof From Public Photo

As you may have noticed, this past Monday’s biometric story of the day was the claim by the Chaos Computer Club that they were able to produce a working fingerprint spoof from public photos of a subject’s finger, http://www.ccc.de/en/updates/2014/ursel. The story’s broad online propagation instigated numerous threads, once again debating the use of biometrics as viable means of authenticating one’s identity using their mobile device.

Regardless of your impression about how easy or difficult it is to spoof a fingerprint sensor (mobile or otherwise), it is clear that such vulnerability exists. However, there are fake finger detection and liveness detection solutions available today that can mitigate the risk associated with spoofing. Some of these solutions are hardware-based and others software-based. And as you may already know, NexID Biometrics provides a leading edge software-based solution … http://www.nexidbiometrics.com.

Biometrics are not likely the “end all” solution to keeping your mobile device, and your identity, secure, but it’s more apparent than ever that biometric authentication will play a key role in this important function going forward. Moreover, it’s very likely that fake finger detection solutions will be making their way to market in the next generation of mobile devices. And with this, mobile device users can enjoy the convenience of fingerprint authentication, along with the confidence their device is more secure. Happy New Year everyone!

NexID presenting at CARTES

COO of NexID, Mark Cornett will be presenting at the 2014 CARTES conference in Paris, November 4-6. The presentation will include examples and discussion of biometric authentication applications requiring fake finger detection (FFD) solutions, specifically application use cases that are most vulnerable to attack via fingerprint spoofing. Examples of past spoofing attacks that could have been mitigated with FFD will be presented, along with current spoofing tactics and methodologies, with special focus on mobile devices. General hardware- and software-based fake finger detection solutions will be discussed and contrasted, including their combined “hybrid” deployment for increased levels of FFD. As part of the presentation Mr. Cornett will also be discussing NexID’s relationship with Morpho, a market leader in security solutions and pioneer in identification and detection systems.

NexID Upgrades Fake Finger Detection Solution

LONDON – Oct. 21, 2014 – NexID Biometrics LLC, whose spoof-mitigation technology boosts protection in applications with critical security-authentication needs, today announced a major improvement in the performance of its industry leading fake-finger-detection solution.

The company, based in Potsdam, N.Y., in the United States, announced the new upgrade to its fake-finger-detection SDK at the three-day Biometrics 2014 conference, which began here today at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster.

NexID said version 1.2 of its SDK, targeted for initial deployments in November 2014, boosts the accuracy rate range to 96.5 to 99.5 percent in catching bogus identification attempts across a variety of fingerprint-sensor types, such as touch or swipe, and technologies, including optical and capacitance.

The increased performance was achieved without a significant impact on computing time or resources, thereby maintaining high levels of user convenience, the company said,

“Our ongoing research has yielded additional fingerprint-imaging features that are highly effective in differentiating images captured from authentic versus fake fingerprints,” said NexID Chief Operating Officer Mark Cornett.  “In essence, we have expanded our portfolio of fingerprint-imaging features and that translates into higher accuracy.”

He said new SDK’s equal error rates – the inverse of accuracy in correctly identifying a spoof image or not — have been reduced by half from the prior version to 0.5 to 3.5 percent.

“We continue to explore ways to reduce equal error rates toward zero so that customers who deploy fingerprint-identification sensors can have complete confidence that authentications of the people using the sensors are accurate,” Cornett said.  “We’re not aware of any software-based, fingerprint spoofing-mitigation technology today that’s more rigorous than NexID’s latest software improvement.”

Last month, NexID announced a complete overhaul of its software capabilities resulting in a breakthrough that makes its solution applicable to fingerprint sensors in both mobile devices and embedded modules, such as ATMs and terminals for entry access, time and attendance, and point of sale.

The company said then it had redesigned its software for integration with embedded “match-on-chip” implementations where matching and fake-finger-detection software execute on the same processor that controls the fingerprint sensor’s image-capture, enrollment and authentication operations.

Taken together, the dramatic improvement in accuracy achieved with version 1.2 of the SDK and enhancements enabled by the software redesign mean state-of-art fake finger detection is now available across the entire spectrum of fingerprint sensor devices.

 

NexID ENHANCES FAKE-FINGER-DETECTION SOLUTION FOR EMBEDDED FINGERPRINT-SENSOR SYSTEMS

Breakthrough achieves improved speed, processing efficiency, security, convenience

TAMPA, Fla. – Sept. 16, 2014 – NexID Biometrics LLC, whose spoof-mitigation technology boosts protection in applications with critical security-authentication needs, today announced an enhanced fake-finger-detection solution for both embedded fingerprint-sensor systems and those yet to be introduced. The enhancement stems from a significant breakthrough in speed and processing efficiency.

The company, based in Potsdam, N.Y., announced the new software capabilities at the Global Identity Summit being held in the Tampa Convention Center this week. The newly enhanced NexID software is available now for custom deployments.

By completely overhauling its software’s capabilities, NexID has produced a targeted solution that’s ideal for both mobile devices with fingerprint sensors, including smartphones from Apple and Samsung that have been proven vulnerable to spoofing, and embedded modules — such as ATMs and terminals for entry access, time and attendance, and point of sale – which combine sensor and microprocessor controllers.

NexID achieved the breakthrough by redesigning its software for integration with embedded “match-on-chip” implementations where matching and fake-finger-detection software execute on the same processor that controls the fingerprint sensor’s image-capture, enrollment and authentication operations. Delivering high levels of security and convenience was another goal.

“The breakthrough outcome of our newest version is that NexID’s fake-finger-detection technology was re-architected to execute the software’s full feature set of analysis and spoof mitigation while running on embedded processors with far less computing performance and resources – such as slower processors, limited code space and data-storage constraints — than traditional desktops, laptops, and even high-end mobile devices,” said Mark Cornett, NexID’s chief operating officer.

“We’re talking about going from processor clock speeds of GHz down to MHz, multi-core processors down to single-core, and from Mb of memory down to Kb of memory. To accomplish this, we created new and innovative techniques for image enhancement, feature extraction and statistical analysis to execute our fake-finger-detection algorithms in a resource-limited environment,” Cornett said. “These techniques have resulted in fake-finger-detection performance that matches our best performing implementations, while maintaining processing times that meet user-convenience thresholds.”

He said many of the devices addressed by the upgrade in NexID software are used in situations where the person whose identity is being authenticated is alone and unsupervised, although perhaps monitored by camera, and is therefore more capable of covertly spoofing the fingerprint sensor than if he or she were in a more observed or monitored situation such as a border crossing or security-related airport kiosk.

Depending on the device or application, NexID’s fake-finger-detection solution could be used to supplement other factors of authentication, such as pins and passwords, or to replace pins and passwords as a more convenient form of authentication, such as unlocking a mobile device or using an ATM, Cornett said.

As a technology-agnostic solution, other benefits of NexID’s upgraded fake-finger detection software include that it is less costly than hardware-based solutions; requires no additional space or hardware requirements, is field upgradeable, with no need to replace hardware and gives users the flexibility to choose their own thresholds of fake-finger detection based on the requirements of particular applications.

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NexID Biometrics Highlighted at Recent Press Event

SYRACUSE, NY – August 29, 2014 – NexID Biometrics, a leading provider of spoof mitigation and liveness detection solutions for the biometric authentication industry, was recently highlighted during a press event recognizing nine recipients of the NYS Grants for Growth program sponsored by CenterStateCEO. The event was held at the Syracuse Tech Garden, a business incubator located in downtown Syracuse.

The Grants for Growth funding awarded to NexID Biometrics was part of a recent series of external funding received by the company, all totaling $325,000. A video of the event, published with permission from WSYR-TV in Syracuse, can be viewed below.

About NexID Biometrics

With founders among the world’s leading authorities on anti-spoofing and biometric liveness detection, NexID Biometrics is a leading software and technology supplier to the biometric-authentication industry. NexID develops and licenses liveness-detection software that enables fingerprint-scanning technologies to authenticate scanned images more accurately, and with greater confidence, by mitigating spoof-related risks. The company also provides testing and analysis of fingerprint-scanning devices to identify existing vulnerabilities to known spoofing strategies. NexID is an associate member of both the Center for Identification Technology Research (CITeR), a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center, and the Fast Identity Online (FIDO) Alliance, an industry consortium revolutionizing online authentication with standards for strong authentication.

About CenterState CEO, Grants for Growth, and the Syracuse Tech Garden

The CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity is a twelve-county business leadership and economic development organization, based in Syracuse, New York. The organization represents more than 2,000 members and serves as the region’s primary economic, community and business development catalyst. CenterState CEO works to achieve regional growth and total community prosperity through partnerships, planning and problem solving.

The Grants for Growth program is a unique seed program that offers up to $75,000 in matching funds for innovative applied research projects between universities and industry that have the potential to improve business competitiveness and create jobs. By seeding applied research relationships between university and industry, the program seeks to increase innovation and technology commercialization within the CenterState New York regional economy.

As a component of CenterState CEO, the Syracuse Tech Garden is the Northeast’s premier entrepreneurial ecosystem, providing comprehensive support for turning great ideas into high-growth businesses. The Tech Garden’s unique approach fuses the best aspects of technology incubators and business accelerators, creating the ideal home for nurturing entrepreneurial visions.

About Senator John DeFrancisco

Senator DeFrancisco represents the 50th NYS Senate District, a position he has held since 1992. A long supporter of economic development, the Senator has secured funding for the Grants for Growth program for eleven consecutive rounds of investment, with nearly a half million dollars in awards among nine recipients in this eleventh round.

 

Security for Internet of Things (IoT) – A “Rubik’s Cube” of Passwords

Technology is meant to make our lives easier and, in most cases, it does.   Communications and Internet access using mobile devices allows us to do everything we did 10-15 years ago in the confines of our homes and offices to almost anywhere in the world.  The ability to detach ourselves from wires and expensive business equipment has enriched our lives and made us more productive at work.

Now the next stage of technology upgrades is upon us, or will be soon.  The Internet of Things (IoT) – or as some refer to it, the Internet of Everything.  It is the concept of interconnecting uniquely identifiable devices with the existing Internet infrastructure – seamlessly moving all kinds of data among the devices and a variety of storage platforms.

For example, devices can range from heart monitoring implants, biochip transponders on farm animals, an automobile with built-in sensors, to field operation devices that assist firefighters in search and rescue.  If you have a “connected home,” you’re already experiencing the IoT.

According to Gartner Research, there will be nearly 26 billion devices on the Internet of Things by 2020.  Another firm, ABI Research, estimates that more than 30 billion devices will be wirelessly connected.  Depending on population growth over that same period, on average, that’s about four devices for every person – but you can’t make that simple assumption.  There will be a concentration of devices by geography and population based on social and financial parameters.

The biggest area of concern for IoT pundits, and companies expected to play a large part in bringing this phenomenon to life, is security.  An executive from Intel recently said the Internet of Things needs its own security model in order to fully protect user data, and to allow that data to be shared in a secure, personalized way.  This is a huge stumbling block for companies making large investments on developing products and services for broad acceptance and use by consumers and business.

This is just the tip of the security iceberg.  Think about how this impacts the average person.  How many passwords do most people have for all their accounts, apps, services, etc.?  Personally, I have so many I’ve resorted to a “password keeper” app on my smartphone.  So how does someone securely manage all of their personal, financial, health and other data that is supposed to traverse the IoT?

How do you solve the Rubik’s Cube of password security?

Secure biometrics can be the solution to remembering the dozens of passwords required today to conduct our daily lives.  As fingerprint sensors are embedded into more mobile devices and fixed ID modules, the ability to use one, or several fingers, to securely identify oneself and access information is a convenient alternative to traditional passwords or PINs.

Just as IoT security is still being researched and developed, mobile biometric solutions are also evolving as we speak.   While users of the latest Apple and Samsung mobile devices enjoy the ability to use a finger to conveniently unlock the phone, the level of security is woefully inadequate to handle the kind of personal data transmitted and delivered over the IoT.  Both companies’ fingerprint-authentication features were spoofed, or hacked, within two days of being introduced.

But solutions are on the way and becoming more available on a daily basis. The FIDO Alliance, an organization NexID has recently joined, is an industry consortium revolutionizing online authentication with standards for strong authentication. And speaking for NexID, we are continually working to deliver higher accuracy “fake finger detection” technology, often referred to as “liveness detection,” onto smaller and mobile platforms. To that end, look for us to introduce new solutions for “embedded” and mobile fingerprint sensors in the coming weeks.

Liveness detection adds a required level of security that helps to ensure that authentication on a device is valid, eliminating many of the security hurdles faced by the IoT at the starting point of the interaction.  Authorization for a mobile payment or healthcare application, and the information interchange over the IoT, starts and ends with the user so placing the first level of encryption at that point helps to ensure privacy and security of the data.

When the IoT becomes easy, understandable, affordable and most of all, secure, this next stage of technology will impact our lives as much as mobility has in the past ten years.

NexID Biometrics Joins the FIDO Alliance

POTSDAM, NY – August 1, 2014 – NexID Biometrics, a leading provider of spoof mitigation and liveness detection solutions for the biometric authentication industry, has recently joined the FIDO Alliance, an industry consortium revolutionizing online authentication with standards for strong authentication. According to NexID COO Mark Cornett, “The decision to join FIDO Alliance stems from NexID’s mission to help make biometric authentication pervasive in use. We believe the FIDO Alliance is a key element to furthering that vision, and are pleased to join the organization’s members in that effort.”

“We are excited to welcome our newest associate member NexID Biometrics,” said Michael Barrett, FIDO Alliance president. “The FIDO vision of universal strong authentication promises better security, enhanced privacy, more commerce and expansion of services throughout digital industries. NexID Biometrics’ addition to our Alliance supports our industry goal to make user authentication easier and safer for all parties.”

About NexID Biometrics

With founders among the world’s leading authorities on anti-spoofing and biometric liveness detection, NexID Biometrics is a leading software and technology supplier to the biometric-authentication industry. NexID develops and licenses liveness-detection software that enables fingerprint-scanning technologies to authenticate scanned images more accurately, and with greater confidence, by mitigating spoof-related risks. The company also provides testing and analysis of fingerprint-scanning devices to identify existing vulnerabilities to known spoofing strategies. NexID is an associate member of both the Center for Identification Technology Research (CITeR), a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center, and Fast Identity Online (FIDO) Alliance, an industry consortium revolutionizing online authentication with standards for strong authentication.

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NexID LAUNCHES ‘LIVENESS DETECTION’ APP FOR ANDROID

NexID LAUNCHES ‘LIVENESS DETECTION’ APP FOR ANDROID

Company’s biometric technology improves secure authentication for mobile devices

POTSDAM, N.Y. — MAY 7, 2014 – NexID Biometrics LLC, the first company to offer liveness detection software for fingerprint-sensors on mobile devices, today launched its Mobile Live Finger Detection (LFD) application for the Android operating system.

NexID’s Mobile LFD application ported to the Android platform means that makers of Android smartphones and other mobile devices can improve the accuracy and security of the devices’ fingerprint-sensing authentication to greater than 95 percent.

Mobile devices with fingerprint scanners on the market today – but lacking liveness detection — are highly susceptible to having bogus fingerprints spoof the sensors. Goode Intelligence, a U.K. research consultancy, has predicted that as many as 3.4 billion smartphones will be equipped with biometric sensors by 2018.

“At NexID, we believe augmenting fingerprint sensors with liveness detection is ‘must have’ functionality because it facilitates mobile commerce, providing both users and services providers with confidence that mobile transactions can occur safely and securely,” said Mark Cornett, NexID’s chief operating officer.

“While Apple validated the convenience of fingerprint authentication as an alternative to passwords on mobile devices, the spoof of the iPhone 5S — and more recently the Samsung Galaxy S5® — confirmed that the current level of security is vulnerable to spoofing,” he added. “Clearly the layers of security for unlocking mobile devices and their applications need to be stronger to properly meet the needs of users, facilitators of mobile commerce and business people responsible for their companies’ BYOD policies.”

Cornett said NexID’s Mobile LFD solution for the Android platform enables manufacturers of mobile devices and fingerprint-sensor technology, as well as mCommerce vendors, to add robust liveness detection to mitigate the vulnerability to spoofing and build confidence in the use of fingerprint authentication for mobile devices.

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About NexID Biometrics

NexID Biometrics is a leading software and technology supplier to the biometric-authentication industry. The company develops and licenses liveness detection software that enables fingerprint-scanning technologies to more accurately, and with greater confidence, authenticate scanned images by mitigating spoof-related risks. The company also provides testing and analysis of fingerprint scanning devices to identify existing vulnerabilities to known spoofing strategies. The company’s founders represent some of the world’s leading authorities on biometric spoof mitigation and liveness detection.