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February 26, 2014

Authentify Supports Pilot Project to Prove Online Identities

Authentify, a promoter of the telephone as an authentication tool, has been selected to support the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA)’s pilot project aimed at augmenting the trust in online identities.

“The typical credential in cyberspace is usually just a username and password,” said Peter Tapling, president and CEO of Authentify. “In today’s online business climate, we need more than a password to guarantee the correct real-world individual is connected to the online identity information.”

The pilot project, called the cross-sector digital identity initiative or CSDII, will be conducted under the auspices of the Federal National Strategy for Identity in Cyberspace (NSTIC) program. The pilot will be managed by the NIST or National Institute for Standards and Technology program office.

The NSTIC program strives to develop trust and security without affecting usability or privacy. AAMVA, in its capacity as a grant recipient, will develop a trust framework with strong digital identity credentials which will be suitable and accepted by other online entities as well.

It is expected that the initiative will highlight the advantages of using the department of motor vehicles’ in-person identity proofing services. The digital identity can be used to produce a digital credential with which online authentication can be verified. This will build trust and allow users to access online services in addition to enhancing user privacy and identity security, explained officials.

“Bridging the gap between the real world and cyberspace when activating a credential or granting online access is the part Authentify provides to the CSDII. Authentify’s latest generation of product for smartphones, Authentify xFA, provides the infrastructure to create digital credentials protected by digital certificates and biometrics, which are simple for the end user and protect the privacy of the credentials,” added Tapling.

In November 2013, Authentify introduced a selection of new online tools for the online learning market. In online learning, federal mandates require institutions to prove that online students are specifically the ones taking classes and tests. Authentify Educational Services, driven by the Authentify xFA line of tools, requires students to use voice biometric systems on mobile smartphones in order to authenticate for a class or a test.

Edited by Rory J. Thompson

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