MorphoTrust moves biometric authentication to the cloud

MorphoTrust moves biometric authentication to the cloud

MorphoTrust, a provider of identity authentication services, has announced a cloud-based platform to make it easier for agencies to strengthen authentication and block identity theft and fraud.

The Identix trusted identity-as-a-service (TIaaS) platform allows users to search, process, authenticate and compare different kinds of identity data -- such as fingerprints, face, iris and palm recognition -- with document and data credentials to ensure people are who they say they are.

TIaaS is a scalable, hosted solution for both public and private clouds. Agencies can use the TIaaS platform to provide online access to accounts, applications and services and to investigate possible fraud or misconduct. Both server-based and on-premise implementations of the biometric identification capabilities are available.

The Identix mobile software developer kits allow developers to deliver biometric and document capture and authentication abilities for mobile devices. And the company plans to add a catalog of APIs for more identity assurance tools in the future, along with document authentication, real-time face recognition and workflow management.  

According to MorphoTrust, its credential solutions are already used in production of U.S. passports, driver licenses and passport cards, and within the departments of State and the Defense.  It was also recently awarded a grant from the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace to focus on the prevention of the theft of personal state tax refunds.

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Reader Comments

Thu, Sep 24, 2015 Hitoshi Anatomi

Hopefully not for bringing down security. Whether face, iris, fingerprint, typing, gesture, heartbeat or brainwave, biometric authentication could be a candidate for displacing the password if/when (only if/when) it has stopped depending on a password to be registered in case of false rejection while keeping the near-zero false acceptance. Threats that can be thwarted by biometric products operated together with fallback/backup passwords can be thwarted more securely by passwords alone. We could be certain that biometrics would help for better security only when it is operated together with another factor by AND/Conjunction (we need to go through both of the two), not when operated with another factor by OR/Disjunction (we need only to go through either one of the two) as in the cases of Touch ID and many other biometric products on the market that require a backup/fallback password, which only increase the convenience by bringing down the security. In short, biometric solutions could be recommended to the people who want convenience but should not be recommended to those who need security. It may be interesting to have a quick look at a slide titled “PASSWORD-DEPENDENT PASSWORD-KILLER” shown at http://www.slideshare.net/HitoshiKokumai/password-dependent-passwordkiller-46151802

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