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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 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.

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.

NexID Biometrics Featured on RCR Wireless

POTSDAM, NY – January 3, 2014 – NexID Biometrics, a leading provider of spoof mitigation and liveness detection solutions for the biometric authentication industry, was recently featured in a spotlight article on the RCR Wireless web site. NexID COO Mark Cornett was interviewed for the story which focused on mobile biometric security. Read the full article at http://www.rcrwireless.com/article/20140102/devices/spotlight-nexid-looks-to-put-its-finger-on-device-security/.

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 RCR Wireless

Since 1982, RCR Wireless News has been providing wireless and mobile industry news, insights, and analysis to industry and enterprise professionals, decision makers, policy makers, analyst and investors.  Our mission is to connect, globally and locally, mobile technology professionals and companies online, in person, in print and now on video.  Our dedication to editorial excellence coupled with one of the industry’s most comprehensive industry databases and digital networks leads readers and advertisers to consistently choose RCR Wireless News over other industry publications.

NexID COO Mark Cornett Interviewed by WWNY-TV

POTSDAM, NY – 11/20/13 – NexID Biometrics, a leading provider of spoof mitigation and liveness detection solutions for the biometric authentication industry, was recently highlighted during a WWNY-TV 7News/Fox28 news cast. Both NexID Biometrics chief operating officer Mark Cornett and software engineer Timothy Swyka were interviewed by Jon Friot. During the interview Mr. Swyka demonstrated his ability to “spoof” the Apple 5S iPhone with a fake fingerprint created at NexID’s Spoof Lab. Video of the interview can be viewed at http://www.wwnytv.com/news/local/Local-Tech-Company-Detects-Fake-Fingerprints-231478751.html (WWNY-TV Channel 7, Watertown, NY).

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 WWNY-TV

WWNY-TV is the CBS and Fox affiliate serving Northern New York and Southeast Ontario.

NexID COO Mark Cornett Interviewed by Watertown Daily Times

POTSDAM, NY – 10/25/13 – Mark Cornett, COO of NexID Biometrics, a leading provider of spoof mitigation and liveness detection solutions for the biometric authentication industry, was recently interviewed by the Watertown Daily Times reporter Katie Anderson. Cornett discussed the prospects he sees for NexID Biometrics stemming from the recent introduction, and subsequent “spoofing” of the Apple 5S iPhone. The full article can be viewed at http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/article/20131022/NEWS05/710229805.

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 Watertown Daily Times

Serving the communities of Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Lewis counties, New York, the Watertown Daily Times is a daily newspaper and online news media outlet.

NexID CEO Schuckers Interviewed on Federal News Radio

POTSDAM, NY – 11/12/13 – Dr. Stephanie Schuckers, CEO of NexID Biometrics, a leading provider of spoof mitigation and liveness detection solutions for the biometric authentication industry, was recently interviewed on the Federal News Radio program AFCEA Answers on the topic of Identity Assurance. Sponsored by AFCEA (Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association), the program discussed the ongoing cybersecurity challenge of identity assurance among online applications such as e-commerce and government security access. As its director, Dr. Schuckers also spoke to the role that CITeR (Center for Identification and Technology Research) plays in developing “next-generation” solutions for identity assurance. The interview can be listened to online or downloaded at http://www.federalnewsradio.com/1150/3499703/AFCEA-Answers—Identity-Assurance.

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 AFCEA Answers

AFCEA Answers (www.afcea.org) is a bi-weekly radio show broadcast over the Federal News Radio network (www.federalnewsradio.com). AFCEA Answers provides a forum to promote government and industry dialogue. In each episode, government and industry guests meet to address an issue and provide specific solutions thereto.

Apple’s TouchID “Hacked”

POTSDAM, NY – September 26, 2013 – Apple’s introduction of the iPhone 5S has thrust biometric-based mobile device security square into the media lime light. Unfortunately, it didn’t take long for hackers to spoof the biometric sensor used to unlock the 5S, (see http://www.ccc.de/en/updates/2013/ccc-breaks-apple-touchid). Chaos Computer Club’s “breaking” of Apple’s TouchID has ignited a debate over the feasibility of using biometric authentication for high security activities on mobile devices, such as financial transactions, mobile purchases, and access to confidential information. Although it should be noted that the 5S does not allow such activities to be performed via TouchID, as it is restricted to unlocking the phone and making purchases of iTunes and other Apple Store items.

Just as other methods of authentication have vulnerabilities, a fingerprint authentication platform is vulnerable to some degree of spoofing attack. And while examples of this are periodically mentioned in the news media, Apple’s introduction of TouchID has certainly heightened the attention now given to this inherent attribute of fingerprint authentication. Like most biometric modalities, fingerprints are not secret, and can be acquired (lifted) from a variety of surfaces by a determined individual. Once a latent print is acquired a mold and spoof can be produced from a variety of common materials, and used to spoof the target device into authenticating the unauthorized user. Other biometric modalities such as face, iris, voice and palm have their own vulnerabilities to spoofing attacks.

Does this suggest biometrics are not useful for securing mobile devices from unauthorized use? No. While the technique used by CCC to spoof the Apple 5S is fairly straightforward (photo of fingerprint image laser printed onto transparency film to make the mold), and the materials used for their spoofs are readily available (white wood glue and latex mold-making material), these are just two examples of the numerous technique and material combinations NexID Biometrics uses to test the vulnerability of various fingerprint sensors currently on the market. From these tests NexID is able to produce and continually improve its anti-spoofing software to effectively thwart spoofing attacks such as CCC’s toward the Apple 5S. NexID licenses this technology to fingerprint sensors of varying technologies, applications, and markets, including those embedded on mobile devices.

The value proposition of biometric authentication is highly attractive from several standpoints, including convenience and productivity. And when combined with appropriate anti-spoofing technology such as that available from NexID Biometrics, it also includes the benefit of enhanced security.

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 Announces Linux Support for Liveness Detection SDK

POTSDAM, NY – 8/27/2013 – With positive feedback from beta users, NexID Biometrics today announced Linux compatibility and support of its Liveness Detection software development kit (SDK). The company’s SDK allows manufacturers, OEMs, systems integrators and other solution providers of fingerprint scanners/sensors the ability to evaluate and integrate NexID’s patented Liveness Detection technology with their target fingerprint scanning devices. The SDK is available for free download by visiting the Products/Services section of the company’s web site. Professional services are also available to assist client organizations with all aspects of integrating the company’s technology with target fingerprint scanning devices.

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.