Rise in identity fraud tied to smartphone use (Reuters , Feb 22, 2012)
By Mitch Lipka - Nearly 12 million Americans were victims of identity theft in 2011, an increase of 13 percent over 2010, according to a report released on Wednesday by the research firm Javelin Strategy & Research. The rise in the use of smartphones and social media by incautious consumers fueled the increase in identity fraud, and 2011 was a year of several big data breaches too, Javelin said.

Mobile applications to post privacy policies before installation under California agreement (Washington Post , Feb 22, 2012)
Mobile applications seeking to collect personal information will have to forewarn users as part of an agreement reached in California.

The need for strong authentication systems (Information Week , Feb 23, 2012)
By Kenny Ke - Increasingly, employees are becoming more mobile and expect to be able to access company resources anytime and anywhere while using multiple devices. This mobility and ease of access increases productivity but poses a significant security risk for enterprises.

Head to Head: Should Congress enact a national policy to protect online privacy? (The Sacramento Bee , Feb 23, 2012)
THE ISSUE: When you use your computer or mobile device, companies can collect personal information, track websites you've visited, and sell the data to marketers and advertisers. Privacy policies are voluntary, not a matter of federal law.

White House, Consumers in Mind, Offers Online Privacy Guidelines (New York Times, Feb 23, 2012)
By Edward Wyatt - The Obama administration on Wednesday outlined a set of online privacy principles that officials said would help consumers control the use of their personal data gleaned from Internet searches.

Google, Safari and our final privacy wake-up call (Washington Post , Feb 22, 2012)
By Dominic Basulto - "What did they know, and when did they know it?" This famous line from the bygone Watergate era is strangely applicable to the current era of personal privacy break-ins that have been occurring with stunning regularity on the Web.

Biometric Software Company Makes Big Impact (BIO- Key, Feb 23, 2012)
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Biometric Software Company Makes Big Impact
Publisher: BIO- Key
Feb 23, 2012

New technology enables convenient access to user accounts and enterprise data but who’s raising the bar on security?

BIO-key International, Inc. is an award winning biometric software development company founded in 1993. BIO-key is a small company, but this small company located on the Jersey shore is playing a big role in the security of government agencies, academic testing, retail efficiency and mobile authentication for smartphones and tablets.

BIO-key is far from a household name; yet there is a good chance that their technology is a part of your everyday life. Fingerprint technology, once thought of as a technology whose sole purpose was to support the efforts of government and law enforcement agencies, is rapidly becoming the identification solution of choice in the twenty first century. Because no two people are exactly alike, consistency and accuracy are hallmarks of biometric-based security solutions.

BIO-key provides fingerprint biometric software solutions for the FBI and U.S. Court System; chosen by both entities after passing a series of performance tests. Just recently, BIO-key delivered mobile biometric technology solutions for the Sacramento city clerk’s office. Moving forward, city staff has the capability to verify digital signatures using BIO-key technology and an Apple iPhone.

BIO-key technology is also prevalent in healthcare. Top hospitals in the U.S. including the Cleveland Clinic, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and dozens of others use BIO-key technology to access patient’s electronic medical records. Hundreds of hospitals use BIO-key software to protect the drug dispensing cabinets throughout the facility sold by McKesson Automation.

But not everything BIO-key does is as serious as providing technology for healthcare providers or the government. The company just submitted pricing to support an amusement park seeking an efficient manner to manage their season pass process. If you enjoy Dunkin Donuts or Burger King, you’re likely to see the staff or management logon to their cash register using BIO-key biometric technology. Also, over seven hundred AT&T retail stores use BIO-key to authenticate employees and track transactions. So you never know where you might find BIO-key technology.

Some say that donating blood is like giving “the gift of life” and here too BIO-key is a leader, as the company supports blood centers in Indiana Oklahoma and Pittsburgh. The Oklahoma Blood Institute was in the news recently as the group used biometric technology to enroll and identify donors during a mobile blood drive. The team at OBI found that donors appreciate the added security and convenience.

Recently, 60 Minutes, reported how several high school students from New York had paid other students to represent them for the SAT exam. This is an alarming problem yet at BIO-key we understand how to provide a solution. The company provides the ID solutions for the CPA and MCAT exams here and the high stakes Management School Admission Test in India. BIO-key believes that a photo ID, password, PIN or token are simply not secure identification proof points.

It’s not surprising that fingerprint biometric technology is being integrated on a broader basis. Identity theft is an increasing problem and credit card companies lose millions every year to this type of crime. Our personal information is constantly at risk as it’s exposed on many levels, including through our employment, healthcare, government, internet and mobile devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones. Capabilities and functionality are increasing daily – but who’s raising the bar on security?

“BIO-key is committed to pioneering strong authentication solutions for mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPad. Our government, healthcare providers and consumers all recognize that our existing security structure is failing us, stated Mike DePasquale CEO, BIO-key International, Inc. If you make the end user enter a sophisticated password, they will write it down on a Post-it note and keep in on their desk or computer. If you use tokens, they can be misplaced, stolen or shared. A PIN is nothing more than a simple password. Thieves are smart, thieves are determined and thieves are creative and can copy or mimic most traditional solutions; therefore the shift to biometrics is not just a good idea, it might be the only real TRUSTED method of securely identifying an individual,” added DePasquale.

BIO-key understands that a key role the company fulfills is educating decision makers on the features and benefits of all biometric technologies and we embrace this leadership role. The company has provided technical solutions and support to government and business for almost twenty years; yet if you speak with company management team you’ll get the sense that the next few years will be the most exciting.

To learn more about BIO-key visit www.bio-key.com or BIOKEY1 on YouTube.


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