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December 20, 2013

Comings and Goings: Hoyos Labs Hires Two Veteran Scientists to Work on Identity Assertion Platforms

To get an idea where Hoyos Labs – a digital infrastructure security company— is heading, just look at the recent hiring of two top scientists. The company has named Scott Streit as chief computer scientist and Boris Kravtsov as chief computer vision scientist.

The company says the two will work on development of its identity assertion platform. That comes as Hoyos Labs works on such fields as security, computer vision, biometrics and big data.

Recently, the New York City-based Hoyos Labs has gotten a lot of attention for its Identity Assertion Platform, HoyosID. The platform can help curb identity theft and corporate hacking – both pressing concerns given the large number of incidents. For instance, last year there were 621 confirmed data breaches, and more than 47,000 “security incidents” at companies, according to the most recent annual report from Verizon (News - Alert). Some 37 percent of the breached companies were financial services businesses, the report said. Financial gain and the theft of intellectual property were among the top reasons for the breaches, the report added.

The platform is really needed because it can “authenticate identities and grant access to unlimited websites, doors, vehicles, and any system that requires opening, closing, turning-on and turning-off,” the company explained in a recent statement.

The company’s new technology is being designed to eliminate hacked or stolen online and offline identities. It uses biometrics as a part of the authentication process, and it uses the face, periocular region and iris for confirmations. Also, it uses smartphones as devices on the front-end, and uses middleware and the back-end before identity authentication takes place. Hoyos Labs received $10 million in funding from investors.

In his new post, Streit will work on the design and engineering of the identity assertion platform, both front- and back-end, Amazon Web Service (AWS) and clients' enterprise systems. The new post for Kravstov will have him direct the Recognition System Division, which focuses on image processing and what the company calls a “liveness component on the front-end.” Liveness relates to detecting a real person from an image or video of a person.

Streit is a computer scientist who has background in cloud computing, rational databases and semantic web work. His input has led to solving processing problems for many businesses.  He has worked on projects with AT&T (News - Alert), IBM and Raytheon. Other organizations for which he worked include the National Cancer Institute, Office of Naval Research and Communication Workers of America. Streit has also led projects for the Apache Foundation and the US government. And Streit was the research lead for Villanova University for cloud computing, computer security and semantic web efforts.

In a very timely need, Streit was also a lead for the Biometric Open Protocol Standard (BOPS). The protocol standard relates to identity assertion, role gathering, access control and auditing. It is used for e-commerce and banking. Also, he is a certified ethical hacker and has been involved with penetration tests, training and analysis for the US military, civilian agencies, banks and insurance companies.

On the other hand, Kravtsov has background in computer vision. Kravtsov in the past has worked on defense and security products/applications. They include hand recognition technology for access control and time attendance. He also worked on PC applications that use face recognition technology to improve information security. He has also worked on image processing and pattern recognition. At NOVA Ltd., a semiconductor company, he worked on pattern recognition for inspections and image processing methods in super-resolution. For Recognix Ltd., he built Automatic Target (News - Alert) Acquisition System (Tracker) and Panoramic View System (Mosaic).

"At Hoyos Labs, we are moving quickly with the development and launch of our new technology, and it's vital that we have the best team in place to make the kind of changes that will revolutionize the industry from both a corporate and individual standpoint," Hector Hoyos, CEO of Hoyos Labs, said in a recent statement. "The impressive achievements of Dr. Streit and Dr. Kravtsov reflect not only their extensive knowledge of technology, but also their dedication to the field and advancement of our venture."

"I look forward to working closely with both experts to bring a solution to consumers and corporations that will ultimately make usernames and passwords obsolete," Hoyos added. "Most importantly, I am confident that the contributions of Dr. Streit and Dr. Kravtsov will change how we think about identity assertion for online transactions moving forward."

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

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