HID Global and Consortium Partners Receive U.S. Cyber Security Grant for Identity Protection and Verification Pilots Using Mobile Devices

News Highlights:

  • Consortium will incorporate identity and attribute verification technology contained in variety of form factors, including use of mobile devices for authentication, securing data flows including encrypted contactless interfaces, and security-enhancing wearable devices
  • HID Global will work with fellow team members Exponent and Gemalto to develop pilot issuance systems that use privacy-enhancing credentials on mobile phones and wearable devices to secure applications and networks for three pilot partners
  • Grant valued at more than $1.5 million is one of four being awarded this year through the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) initiative

IRVINE, Calif., October 28, 2013HID Global, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, today announced that the company and two consortium partners have received one of four U.S. cyber security grants that were recently awarded through President Obama’s National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) initiative. The grants build on the successful launch of five NSTIC pilots awarded in 2012, and will be used to develop systems that enable mobile phones and wearable mobile devices to carry credentials for identification and verification that improve consumer privacy, security and convenience online.

“We are excited to be chosen to help fulfill the NSTIC guiding principles for creating the next generation of identity protection and verification solutions that enable consumers to transact securely and easily over the Internet,” said Jerome Becquart, vice president of Product Marketing, Identity Assurance with HID Global.  “Our proposal was selected from a competitive field of more than 70 team- and consortium-based submissions, and we look forward to working alongside Exponent and Gemalto to enable important new solutions that allow mobile phones and wearable devices to be used for online consumer identity and attribute verification.”

The consortium has been named the NSTIC Key Team, and the team’s pilot will be focused on enabling mobile phones and secure wearable devices such as rings or bracelets to be used like smart cards to secure applications and networks for a leading social media company, a health care organization, and the U.S. Department of Defense. Using these mobile device platforms in government applications will also require the ability to produce and store a token associated with a previously used government credential (known as a derived credential) in the device’s secure element, so as not to leverage the previous face-to-face identity-proofing process. 

Exponent will provide overall project management leadership for the Key Team, and HID Global will contribute its expertise in mobile and wearable device authentication, credential provisioning and client middleware.  The company’s broad portfolio includes authentication and threat detection services; software for smart cards and tokens for strong authentication in both commercial and military applications, and systems for the secure management of smart cards and smart tokens including credentials provisioned in a mobile secure element.

The NSTIC Key Team’s solutions derive from existing and emerging open standards designed to yield an interoperable system that is widely deployable and conducive to participation by a wide variety of solution providers and relying parties.  The team will be supported by the Computer Science Department of one of the Nation’s Leading Universities, and Experian Corp, the leading global information services company. 

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HID Global is the trusted source for secure identity solutions for millions of customers around the world. Recognized for robust quality, innovative designs and industry leadership, HID Global is the supplier of choice for OEMs, system integrators and application developers serving a variety of markets. These markets include physical and logical access control, including strong authentication and credential management; card printing and personalization; visitor management systems; highly secure government and citizen ID; and identification RFID technologies used in animal ID and industry and logistics applications. The company’s primary brands include ActivID®, EasyLobby®, FARGO®, Codebench®, LaserCard® and HID®. Headquartered in Irvine, California, HID Global has over 2,000 employees worldwide and operates international offices that support more than 100 countries. HID Global® is an ASSA ABLOY Group brand. For more information, visit www.hidglobal.com.



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