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.

NexID Receives External Funding to Accelerate Growth

NexID RECEIVES GRANTS TO FUND FURTHER DEVELOPMENT, COMMERCIALIZATION OF BIOMETRIC ‘LIVENESS DETECTION’

Company awarded funding that acknowledges its highly specialized expertise

POTSDAM, N.Y. – April 30, 2014 – NexID Biometrics LLC, whose “liveness detection” technology boosts protection in applications with critical security-authentication needs, today announced it has received a series of funding totaling $325,000, including a highly competitive award given to emerging companies in central New York state.

NexID, the first company to offer liveness detection software for fingerprint-sensors on mobile devices, said the grants will fund further research, development and commercialization of additional modes of authentication that go beyond its deep expertise in detecting and mitigating attempts to spoof fingerprint scanners used for authenticating entry to secure locations and systems.

NexID will participate with Clarkson University here and West Virginia University in the joint research into biometric security technology sponsored by the National Science Foundation and gain the right to license technology that results from that research. NexID is a venture “spinout” from both institutions, with several of the company’s founders serving on their faculty.

To expand the NSF-funded work at Clarkson and WVU, NexID has received a matching contribution of $100,000 from Seaway Private Equity Corporation (SPEC) to develop a commercial liveness-detection application for security systems that scan people’s faces and the irises in human eyes.  SPEC provides early stage equity capital funding for companies in St. Lawrence County, N.Y., with significant growth potential.

NexID also received a $150,000 Grant for Growth from the Syracuse-based CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity (CEO), which will be augmented by another matching contribution from SPEC in the amount of $75,000.  The CenterState CEO grant to NexID was one of only two organizations awarded from among scores of companies that applied for funding.

“We expect this funding to extend and accelerate our operations through the two to three years it may take before NexID begins to realize royalty revenue from the licensing of our technology in these new areas,” said Dr. Stephanie Schuckers, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Clarkson University and CEO of NexID.

Privately held, NexID has operated organically since 2007 by licensing the use of its software to makers of traditional fingerprint-scanning systems to authenticate users at international border crossings and to gain access to laptops, systems and secure locations.  NexID’s research into spoofing techniques and liveness detection software raises the effectiveness of fingerprint-scanning systems to over 95 percent.

The introduction of fingerprint scanning in popular smartphones, such as Apple’s iPhone 5S with TouchID and Samsung’s Galaxy S® 5, has caused the market for scanner-equipped mobile devices – and the need to safeguard them from spoofing — to explode.  Meanwhile, heightened concerns for security around the world are driving global demand for additional modes of biometric authentication.

“We’re proud of the renowned expertise in biometrics and cyber security that Dr. Schuckers and NexID bring to Clarkson,” said University President Anthony Collins, Ph. D.  “It’s an honor for our institution to be associated so closely with their leadership in this highly specialized area.

“Further, as a member of the Seaway Private Equity Corporation’s Board of Directors, I’m pleased to see that NexID, truly a global center of excellence in biometrics technology here in the northern New York region, is receiving matching funds to further leverage this opportunity for growth,” Collins said.

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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.

NexID and Liveness Detection Featured in SecureID News Article

POTSDAM, NY – 4/22/14 – NexID Biometrics, a leading provider of spoof mitigation and liveness detection solutions for the biometric authentication industry, was today featured in SecureID News, an online publication of Avisian Publishing. Written by Andrew Hudson, the article explained the current state of liveness detection, also known as presentation attack detection. The article can be found here … http://secureidnews.com/news-item/liveness-detection-forces-hand-of-biometric-spoofers/2/.

About NexID Biometrics

NexID Biometrics is a leading software and technology supplier to the biometric authentication industry. The company develops and licenses liveness detection / spoof mitigation 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.

About Avisian Publishing

AVISIAN Publishing produces a suite of industry-defining publications covering the major vertical markets of identification technology. Regarding ID Magazine (re:ID) and CR80News Magazine are the flagship print products. A highly regarded series of online publications serve a worldwide audience: ContactlessNews.com, CR80News.com, DigitalIDNews.com, IDNoticias.com, FIPS201.com, NFCNews.com, RFIDNews.org, SecureIDNews.com, and ThirdFactor.com. Avisian’s team of writers and bloggers is led by individuals with real-world ID experience. With a subscriber base exceeding 30,000 professionals across 40 countries and online visitor sessions surpassing 250,000 each month, the publications are the “go-to” source for each rapidly growing industry vertical. – See more at: http://secureidnews.com/about/#sthash.id7zrfQZ.dpuf

Apple Patent Acknowledges Vulnerability to Spoofing

From reading the recent announcement of Apple’s “Doodle” innovation … http://www.biometricupdate.com/201404/uspto-publishes-apple-patent-application-addressing-biometric-spoofing, it’s great to see that Apple is acknowledging that biometric spoofing is being recognized as a serious issue, and one that needs to be addressed with the iPhone 5S and with what they have coming.

As I’ve mentioned recently, the 5S has certainly validated the convenience aspect of fingerprint authentication on mobile devices, but its current level of security remains highly vulnerable to spoofing. Failing to address this vulnerability in the 5S and other mobile devices with integrated fingerprint sensors could potentially retard adoption of biometric authentication for mobile commerce and other mobile-centric applications’ security requirements.

While it’s possible the Doodle innovation might raise the operational challenge of readily spoofing the iPhone 5S, it appears to lack any ability to determine the presence of a spoof-derived fingerprint image. Legitimate anti-spoofing (a.k.a. liveness detection) solutions have that ability, and are easily integrated with existing fingerprint authentication technology. At NexID our live finger detection (LFD) technology has been utilized by traditional fingerprint scanning devices for over seven years, and recently became available for mobile device integration. Look forward to seeing “Mobile LFD” from NexID in future mobile devices with integrated fingerprint sensors.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Spoofed by SRLabs

Well it’s déjà vu all over again. The fine folks at SRLabs took the opportunity to again demonstrate the vulnerability to spoofing that exists among fingerprint sensors lacking spoof mitigation (a.k.a. liveness detection) technology. This recent effort targeted the newly released Samsung Galaxy S5 … http://www.sammobile.com/2014/04/15/galaxy-s5s-fingerprint-scanner-can-be-easily-hacked/ … and yielded the identical outcome as their previous exposure of this vulnerability in the Apple iPhone 5S.

Thankfully, at least one solution is coming to the rescue … Mobile LFD from NexID … and will hopefully be incorporated into future devices from several manufacturers, or existing devices that have their fingerprint sensors updated with this software-based solution. The Android version of Mobile LFD is on schedule for release in May and we will be sure to make everyone aware of the release date when known.

NexID Featured in Liveness Detection Article

POTSDAM, NY – April 9, 2014 – NexID Biometrics, a leading provider of spoof mitigation and liveness detection solutions for the biometric authentication industry, is featured in the Spring 2014 issue of Regarding ID Magazine in the article titled, “Liveness Detection Forces Hand of Biometric Spoofers,” by associate editor Andrew Hudson. The article can be found at this link … http://issuu.com/regardingid/docs/reid_spring14/44?e=2550190/7263915.

About NexID Biometrics

NexID Biometrics is a leading software and technology supplier to the biometric authentication industry. The company develops and licenses liveness detection / spoof mitigation 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.

About Regarding ID Magazine

Regarding ID Magazine is a publication of Avisian Publishing. The magazine is published four times per year and provides editorial insight from across the ID technology landscape. More information can be found at www.regardingid.com.

NexID Participates in 2014 Connect:ID Expo

NexID participated in the inaugural Connect:ID Expo this past week at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C.  NexID joined approximately 40 other vendors as booth exhibitors and our  CEO, Dr. Stephanie Schuckers, was a presenter on Day 1 of the Expo, speaking on fake fingers, liveness detection and ID template protection.

We also took the opportunity to announce our latest product, Mobile LFD, a completely “re-architected” version of our live-finger-detection solution targeted at the mobile device and embedded products market.

We were pleased with all aspects of the Expo, especially the media coverage of our Mobile LFD announcement. All of our media conversations were interesting, including that with Natasha Singer of The New York Times. As for the venue, the Ronald Reagan Building is spectacular and quite ideal for such a gathering. Our hats go off to Science Media Partners and the IBIA for an outstanding inaugural event.

As evidenced by a number of seminars on the topic, along with exhibit area conversations, mobile biometrics continues to be the hot topic of the industry. Examples from the program include tracks focusing on enhancing security and convenience with mobile identity, digital identity in the era of hyper-mobility, and identity solutions for banking and healthcare. I look forward to future biometrics conferences to follow Connect:ID’s lead in focusing additional program space on the topic of mobile identity.

NexID Welcomes U.S. Congressman Bill Owens

NexID was pleased to welcome U.S. Congressman Bill Owens to our offices on March 10, 2014. Congressman Owens represents New York’s 21st Congressional District and has been a strong advocate for new venture creation and small business development since coming to office in 2009. His web site is located at https://owens.house.gov. Our conversation began with a discussion of various potential threats that can occur with fingerprint spoofing, including one we hadn’t considered until Congressman Owens’ visit. According to the Congressman, firearms manufacturers are beginning to design biometric locks into their products, along with accessory providers (e.g., www.intelligun.com). Since many biometrics systems are vulnerable to being spoofed, one can quickly imagine gun owners having their biometric gun locks spoofed, thereby exposing them to being blamed for crimes committed that involved their firearms. Talk about an incentive for spoof mitigation! Rep. Owens also took time to connect us with another company in his district that also serves the biometrics industry, specifically Fujitsu, located in Plattsburgh, N.Y. We greatly appreciate the Congressman’s interest in NexID and our liveness detection solution, and hope to welcome him to our offices again. Lastly, Scott Dosztan, News Director for WPDM Radio captured the interview on tape, highlights of which can be listened to here.

NexID FIRST TO OFFER “LIVENESS DETECTION” SOFTWARE FOR MOBILE DEVICES

Technology Agnostic, Software Can Enhance Security for Fingerprint Sensors on Mobile Devices

WASHINGTON, March 17, 2014 – As mobile device manufacturers embed fingerprint ID into millions of smartphones, NexID Biometrics today introduces its Mobile Live Finger Detection (LFD) software, the first liveness detection solution designed specifically to exceed the convenience and security needs of mobile users worldwide.  The software provides authentication rates as high as 94-97 percent, offering the highest levels of “spoof-proofing” software available on the market today.

NexID developed the Mobile LFD software solution specifically for mobile devices.  Due to the variety of fingerprint-scanning solutions on the market, the company designed the software to be technology agnostic so it could work with all fingerprint sensors and mobile devices, while achieving fast execution times and resource efficiency.

The Mobile LFD software resides in a mobile device and detects whether an image captured by the device’s fingerprint sensor is detecting a finger from a living person or if it’s a fake or “spoofed” fingerprint.

Adding live finger detection enhances the device’s security and helps eliminate unlocking a phone or one of its applications that may contain confidential information.  As evidenced with Apple’s iPhone 5S TouchID, fingerprint sensors are actually highly vulnerable to hacking without some form of liveness detection.

NexID will introduce Mobile LFD here this week in Booth #202 at the Connect: ID Expo, where company executives will discuss and illustrate fingerprint spoofing techniques and fake finger detection.  Additionally, Clarkson University professor and NexID co-owner, Dr. Stephanie Schuckers, will be speaking at the conference at 1:50 p.m. today on the topic of “Fake Fingers and Stolen Templates: Topics in Biometric Security.”

“Two of the world’s leading mobile device makers now include fingerprint identification on their devices, so it doesn’t take a crystal ball to see that trend continuing,” said NexID COO Mark Cornett.  “We believe every mobile device will incorporate some type of fingerprint ID functionality in the next couple of years. And with people relying more and more on their devices, the security of personal, financial, health and business information is not just needed, it’s imperative. “

For example, businesses contemplating adopting Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs face the need to ensure company information on mobile devices remains private and secure; meanwhile, employees may opt for more convenience to access phone features on the same devices.  Mobile LFD offers a sliding scale of security for fingerprint ID on smartphones, allowing for a simple and flexible solution.

NexID said its Mobile LFD can immediately enhance the myriad of fingerprint ID solutions being developed by sensor manufacturers, mobile devices companies, and application developers.  Fingerprint sensor companies can embed the software directly onto a sensor’s chip (LFD on chip), and device manufacturers can add it to the main processor (LFD on host), all to provide customers with a convenient alternative to traditional PINs and passwords. NexID’s Mobile LFD solution can also be embedded in “trust zone” or trusted execution environment chip sets.

The Mobile LFD SDK will be distributed free for evaluation, solution integration, and testing purposes.  NexID also offers professional services to assist with the solution integration process.  Licensing and distribution agreements are negotiated separately.

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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.

Unleashing the Potential of Mobile Biometric Security

The trend of mobile biometric authentication gained further momentum this past week with the introduction of Samsung’s Galaxy S5. The fingerprint swipe sensor located just above the home button on the S5 allows users to enroll up to three fingerprints and then unlock the  phone, or even authorize PayPal payments, with just a swipe of an enrolled finger. Additional functionality can also be authorized with a finger swipe, such as providing access to “private” data stored on the phone. Unfortunately, it does not appear that the S5’s fingerprint reader is outfitted with liveness detection technology, and is therefore likely to be vulnerable to fake finger spoofing.

That said, Apple’s Touch ID, the Galaxy S5, the HTC One Max, and other mobile handsets incorporating fingerprint biometrics are all good indicators of the future potential of mobile biometric authentication. Indeed, mobile biometrics are expected to be pervasive among handsets in the coming years. As Goode Intelligence predicts, “By 2018, 3.4 billion people will have a mobile device with a biometric sensor.” But will mobile biometric security live up to its potential?

If all that comes of mobile biometrics is a more convenient means for unlocking one’s phone, then I would suggest that potential has not been met. Most visions for mobile biometric security include utilizing this convenience factor in all aspects of a mobile device’s utility in our daily lives. From mobile commerce to remotely accessing our employer’s network to updating our health care records, our mobile devices will be integrated into the majority of our daily activities.

So how do we get from just unlocking the phone to using convenient biometric authentication throughout the days and weeks of our busy lives, all while leaving PINs and passwords far behind? I would argue that device manufacturers (and their biometric sensor partners), need to build confidence among their user communities that mobile biometrics are not only convenient, but also secure. Liveness detection has the single purpose of instilling such confidence.

Until such confidence has been achieved, not only will users be hesitant to expand the utility of mobile biometrics, but nor will the companies providing that utility feel compelled to integrate biometric authentication into their applications and services. At NexID we are busy integrating our liveness detection technology with fingerprint sensors being targeted for the mobile device market. And as these deployments work their way through product design cycles and into the market, we expect such confidence to build, thereby facilitating the full potential of mobile biometric security.

NexID featured on Tech Talk with Craig Peterson

POTSDAM, NY – February 10, 2014 – NexID Biometrics, a leading provider of spoof mitigation and liveness detection solutions for the biometric authentication industry, was recently featured on Tech Talk with Craig Peterson. NexID COO Mark Cornett was interviewed for the segment which focused on biometric spoofing. Listen to the interview below or download here.

About NexID Biometrics

NexID Biometrics is a leading software and technology supplier to the biometric authentication industry. The company develops and licenses liveness detection / spoof mitigation 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.

About Tech Talk with Craig Peterson

Ranked the #1 radio show in the Boston Market in its time-slot, and with more than 14,000,000 Podcast downloads, Tech Talk with Craig Peterson is rated as the top tech show nationwide. Craig interviews top industry insiders and explains the technology secrets everyone needs to know. For further information visit www.CraigPeterson.com.