To Trust or Not to Trust: Navigating the Biometric Revolution

Workshop Natural Security Alliance in Marseille

on September 16, AM, Smart Week

In terms of transaction authentication and security standards, commodifying biometric solutions marks a real shift in thinking, especially for European countries that have established and implemented robust security standards that rely on evaluation and certification schemes. It is disrupting our way of seeing things: in countries still dominated by the magnetic strip, the widespread use of biometrics is considered progress over existing practices, whereas in countries that have adopted chip cards it just raises more questions. This baseline position could plausibly explain our current perception of biometrics. Yet the major question of how to implement biometrics in consumer devices such as mobile phones remains unanswered.

In fact, many questions around implementation, openness and evaluation have not been sufficiently addressed. A prime example of the consequences can be seen in the recent revelation that the Android OS contains malware capable of potentially stealing fingerprint data from devices, such as Samsung Galaxy S5’s fingerprint reader, before they reach a secure processor. The market is clearly waiting for certain key details to be fleshed out before biometrics can really take off.

There is also still work to be done on evaluating the different implementations for authenticating access to value-added services. The spread of biometric solutions also signals a change in business model, as new actors become a necessary link in the transaction and value chains.

In this context, this workshop will be the opportunity to delve into the following topics:

  • How will biometrics affect our very notion of security?
  • How can we trust that biometric implementations will be secure?
  • Is there a role for evaluation and certification in the new rollout of biometrics-based services?
  • Local vs. global: Is there a place for local regulation?

Key topics of the Natural Security Alliance workshop - World e-ID in Marseille

Some of the key topics to be addressed during the Natural Security Alliance workshop include:

  • Biometric sensors: Toward open specs, open interfaces and independently certified technologies.
  • The key role of implementation in the rollout of biometrics-based projects.
  • What are the benefits of a testing/evaluation/certification process for implementing biometrics projects?
  • How can we build trust and confidence in biometrics?
  • What are the recommendations for implementing biometrics on mobile phones?
  • Natural Security Standard use cases: face-to-face payments, access control, online services and more.
  • The importance and key requirements for authenticators in a connected world.
  • Natural Security Authenticators: Open certification-based specifications
  • Biometric sensors: Toward open specs, open interfaces and independently certified technologies. Fingerprint modules in smartphone have to be based on open specs, to be certified by an independent body and to offer an open interface.
  • Smartphones vs. Connected objects.
  • Natural Security Standard use cases: face-to-face payments, access control, online services and more.
  • The key role of implementation in the rollout of biometrics-based projects : implementing biometrics on mobile phones.
  • Natural Security Authenticators: Open certification-based specifications
  • How can we build trust and confidence in biometrics?
  • EU General Data Protection Regulation

 

Syllabus is available on the dedicated page.


Agenda

Introduction

Smartphone, connected objects & Biometrics

  • Biometric sensors: Toward open specs, open interfaces and independently certified technologies. Fingerprint modules in smartphone have to be based on open specs, to be certified by an independent body and to offer an open interface.
  • Smartphones vs. Connected objects.

Use cases

  • Natural Security Standard use cases: face-to-face payments, access control, online services and more.

demos

Implementation

Regulation

  • How can we build trust and confidence in biometrics?
  • EU General Data Protection Regulation

How to register to the Workshop Natural Security Alliance during World e-ID in Marseille

Free for attendees of the Identity and Protection Services for Government, Mobility and Enterprise – Sept. 15-17, 2015 – Marseille Provence, France.

Natural Security Alliance members are eligible for a discounted registration rate. €800 excl.vat instead of €1050 excl.vat, through WSWHK12SQS1 registration code.

The event takes place at the prestigious “Palais du Pharo” (Pharo Palace), a central venue which offers impressive views both on the Mediterranean Sea and Marseille’s Old Port.

For more information contact us .

 

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In its 11th edition, “World e-ID and Cybersecurity” invites e-ID and Cybersecurity experts to make the shift from traditional e-ID credential to digital identity services. Beyond latest national and commercial e-ID schemes, the 2015 conference will highlight online security topics such as strong authentication, mobile ID, e-Government along with Cybersecurity regulations and critical infrastructures. Its high level insights, best practices and interactive panels will guide 400 attendees from public and private organizations toward successful e-ID and data protection implementations.

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