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iProov Study: UK public “overwhelmingly unaware” of deepfake threat

A nationwide study conducted by biometric facial authentication specialist iProov has revealed a sheer lack of awareness and education around deepfake technology among the UK public, with almost three-quarters (72%) of respondents saying they’ve never even heard of a deepfake video.  

Deepfake is a technique for human image synthesis based on Artificial Intelligence. It’s used to combine and superimpose existing images and videos on to source images or videos using a machine learning technique known as generative adversarial network. Due to these capabilities, deepfakes have been used to create fake videos. Deepfakes can also be used to create fake news and malicious hoaxes.

The research polled 2,000 respondents across the UK to reveal their attitudes towards (and understanding of) deepfake technology. The results highlight a need for awareness and education on the impact of deepfakes which, if not addressed, will have huge implications on personal and professional security.

Commenting on the findings, Andrew Bud (founder and CEO at iProov) said: “Awareness is the first defence against any cyber security threat, as we’ve already seen with attacks like phishing and ransomware. Deepfakes, however, represent a whole new kind of danger to businesses and individuals. Technology also has a big role to play in combating the threat, yet if the vast majority of people in the UK have such little awareness of deepfakes right now, they simply cannot begin to prepare themselves as they need to.”

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Underlying societal threat 

Until recently, deepfakes were a nascent concept. Today, the technology behind deepfakes is threatening to undermine the notion of trust in moving images and is becoming increasingly accessible – be it through the creation of fake news or spoofing the identity checks required to log into a bank account.

However, the research has revealed members of the public to be largely unaware of the threats. Even once respondents were provided with the definition of a deepfake video, almost a third (28%) said they believed them to be completely harmless. More than two-thirds of respondents (70%) confessed they didn’t believe they would be able to tell the difference between a deepfake and a real video.

Detecting fraudulent identities

Interestingly, once those surveyed were provided with a definition of a deepfake video, they began to recognise the technology’s mounting threat. In fact, just under two-thirds (65%) of people said that their newfound knowledge of the existence of deepfakes undermined their trust in the Internet.

Notably, consumers went on to cite identity theft as the biggest concern (42%) for how they believed deepfake technology could be misused. Almost three-quarters (72%) of respondents also said they would be far more likely to use an online service with preventative measures in place to mitigate the use of deepfakes.

Despite the security implications of the specific concerns raised surrounding identity theft, more than half of all respondents (55%) surprisingly called out social networks as the party most responsible for dealing with deepfake synthetic videos.

Bud added: “Taking the fight to this new wave of fraud means that security measures in this new post-truth era simply have to be as creative, sophisticated and fast-moving as the fraudsters. While the adoption of biometric technology to crack down on deepfakes is growing among financial institutions, Governments and large-scale enterprises, the challenge ahead lies in the effective detection of a genuine human presence. It’s a challenge that should not be underestimated.”

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“Payments via voice tech on rise but consumers reluctant to make ‘big ticket’ purchases” reports Paysafe

According to new research commissioned by the Paysafe Group, over half of consumers (57%) questioned would use voice-activated technology, such as Amazon’s Alexa, to pay for low-value goods and services. The research also found that one-in-ten (11%) have used voice to confirm their identity when purchasing goods online.

Furthermore, over half (53%) of consumers believe that using voice-activated technology is quicker and more convenient than traditional payment methods, suggesting an increasing acceptance of voice-activated systems in consumers’ lives.

Nearly two-thirds (62%) suggested that a greater choice of verification methods, such as voice and fingerprint, make them feel more secure about making payments online, although most consumers (81%) still feel most comfortable if a password’s included somewhere in the process. 

While the acceptance of voice in payment scenarios is clearly increasing, consumers are still in two minds about making larger purchases and, indeed, the security of voice technology in general. For example, only 18% would be happy to pay for a holiday or book flights using voice recognition. From a security perspective, just over a third (37%) trust that their financial information is secure when using voice-activated technology and nearly half (45%) said they don’t want companies having access to their personal biometric details.

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The research report, entitled ‘Lost in Translation: The End of Risk?’, explores consumer attitudes to biometrics prior to the roll-out of Strong Customer Authentication later this year. The annual study tracks changing views on payments globally.

Commenting on the research results, Danny Chazonoff (COO at the Paysafe Group) said: “The age of voice has well and truly arrived with the advent of affordable and highly functional smart speakers. As consumers become more comfortable using voice to access services, it’s only a matter of time before ordering goods and making payments by voice enters the mainstream both via smart devices and mobile.”

Chazonoff continued: “Understandably with a nascent tech like voice activation, consumers are still apprehensive about security. Our research indicates that consumers are likely to start experimenting with low-value shopping and services, but this will inevitably change as people become more comfortable using voice. Once a user base is established, it can take a couple of years before we see a rapid increase in usage.”

*To read the full research report visit https://www.paysafe.com/lost-in-transaction-the-end-of-risk/

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Keri Feeney joins UK sales team at access control solutions developer Inner Range

Inner Range has hired Keri Feeney to join its UK sales team. Feeney takes on the role of regional sales manager for the South and will focus on generating new business for the Berkshire-based company as well as managing existing client relationships. 

Previously, Feeney worked as the regional manager for ievo, the manufacturer of biometric fingerprint readers. She has also worked as a fire and security consultant for Firstline Security Solutions.

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Keri Feeney

Speaking about her new appointment, Feeney told Risk Xtra: “Inner Range has a fantastic reputation for designing and manufacturing high quality products for the full spectrum of security needs. I’m looking forward to meeting new and existing customers and helping them to devise the right access and security solution for their needs.”

Tim Northwood, general manager at Inner Range, added: “We’re delighted to welcome Keri to our team. She already has a good insight into the access control sector and direct experience of working with biometrics. This, together with her energy and enthusiasm, will stand her in great stead to win new business and keep our current clients happy.”

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IDnow launches AI-powered ID Verification-as-a-Service platform capable of identifying seven billion-plus potential customers

IDnow, a company nominated in the 2018 FinTech50 listing of the hottest European start-up businesses, has launched the next generation of its Identity Verification-as-a-Service platform that will enable companies to verify the identities of more than seven billion potential customers online easily and securely, and in compliance with regulatory Know Your Customer (KYC) requirements across Europe and beyond.

The IDnow platform – which is already trusted by several hundred companies across Europe, including UBS, Commerzbank and Telefonica – has been significantly enhanced with biometric, computer vision and security fraud detection technologies that gives it “the most extensive ID verification capabilities in the market” able to meet more identity verification use cases than any other platform.

The IDnow platform meets the high security and fraud detection requirements of strictly regulated environments for financial services and telecommunications sectors in countries like Germany, Switzerland and other European countries and is fully compliant with all relevant regulations and directives such as the AML regulation, eIDAS, the General Data Protection Regulation and PSD2.

In addition, the platform meets the business requirements for speedy and simple workflows that reduce customer on-boarding friction for non-regulated or lightly regulated sectors such as mobility, travel, recruitment and the sharing economy.

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Features of the solution include:

*Fully-automated ID verification process including facial recognition, Optical Character Recognition and hologram and other anti-fraud detection features

*Video-based, agent-assisted ID verification workflow to meet specific regulatory environment requirements as well as to help ‘last mile’ conversion for customers unable to complete the automated process

*Integrated Issuance of Qualified Electronic Signature certificates for E-Sign solution

The IDnow platform can be easily integrated into a company’s service application and customers can complete an identification check quickly and easily from a smart phone. For industries or countries with more stringent security regulations, the platform will continue to offer video chat-based identity verification.

IDnow2“As we do more online, digital identities are becoming the new currency, so knowing your customers has become more important than ever,” explained Rupert Spiegelberg, CEO at IDnow. “Companies need an easy, trusted and compliant way of finding out who their customers really are. We believe our platform can offer just that. In addition, with full automation and compliance, organisations can rely on one platform for international requests, helping to bridge the gap in the market. As an end user, this means no more posting of copies of passport/proof of address, no more having to be present yourself at a physical branch and, for corporate customers, lower costs and higher success in customer acquisition.”

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A.I. Tech’s business intelligence technology sets the Benchmark

The technology that sits at the very heart of the Wisenet Biometrics and Retail solutions, which have been jointly engineered by Hanwha Techwin and analytic specialist A.I. Tech, has won the Business Intelligence category in the Benchmark Innovation Awards 2018 run by Risk Xtra’s sister publication Benchmark Magazine.

The Benchmark Innovation Awards are designed to recognise and reward innovative thinking and the delivery of benefits through advanced security solutions.

A Benchmark test team and an independent panel from the security industry judged products and solutions from across ten technology areas, with A.I. Tech’s AI-Tech video analytics winning the Business Intelligence category against stiff competition from the other shortlisted finalists.WisenetBiometricsandRetail

Wisenet Biometrics and Retail solutions, which are supplied ready to work out-of-the-box, are designed to enable smaller retail chains, as well as smaller outlets such as convenience stores, CTNs and petrol stations to gain a greater understanding of the type and numbers of people who visit their outlets.

“We’re very pleased that A.I. Tech’s innovative video analytics technology has been recognised in the form of this high profile and prestigious award,” said Bob Hwang, managing director of Hanwha Techwin Europe. “This further justifies our strategy of working in close partnership with specialist application developers such as A.I. Tech in order to deliver on our promise of continually developing new and innovative solutions which make good use of our high-performance Wisenet open platform cameras.”

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CDVI UK receives Cyber Essentials accreditation

CDVI UK has announced the company’s successful accreditation to the Cyber Essentials security standards. Cyber Essentials is a Government-backed and industry-supported scheme designed to help organisations protect themselves against common online threats. This set of basic technical controls assists organisations in protecting themselves against common online security threats.

This certification is consistent with the continual desire of CDVI UK to offer secured solutions and products.

CDVI UK has been working with Luke Hargreaves, managing director at Cloud Smart Solutions, to secure the company’s IT network against cyber attacks. The business now has up-to-date and operative cyber security measures in place.

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The latest update of the ATRIUM web-based access control to General Data Protection Regulation standards shows that CDVI’s product development is fully connected to the latest trends in the security industry.

The CDVI Group develops products ranging from biometric and online access control solutions through to electromagnetic locking, keypads, stand-alone entrance systems and door automation.

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Biometric credentials added to Inner Range’s access control solutions

Inner Range’s access control customers can now benefit from biometric credentials thanks to a new partnership initiated with biometric technology company Zwipe. The new service, which uses clients’ existing card readers, is one of several intelligent integrations that Inner Range will be demonstrating at a free Integration Showcase on April 24 at its European headquarters near Reading.

Other integrators at the event include Morse Watchmans, which combines key locker control and asset management systems with Inner Range’s security solutions, as well as Stentofon (which offers intelligent intercom solutions via Inner Range software).

Tim Northwood, general manager of Inner Range Europe, said: “Integration is at the heart of what we do. Our products allow clients to control access to all manner of places, spaces, systems and products at the local, national and even global levels. Our new partnership with Zwipe is the latest in a long and ever-increasing line of integrations designed to help our customers better control their buildings and systems and streamline their processes. We very much hope that our Integration Showcase will highlight the options and sophistication available with our products and afford potential new clients the opportunity to see them in action.”

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The new partnership with Zwipe means that Inner Range’s clients can add fingerprint data to credentials and, crucially, continue to use their existing card readers. They don’t need to buy costly new readers. The system can employ Inner Range’s encrypted Sifer readers and only stores the biometric data on the card rather than in a central database.

Morse Watchmans will be demonstrating how its key control system can integrate with Inner Range products to strengthen security, ensure personnel safety and restrict movement if necessary, as well as improve reporting compliance and reducing damage and resulting lost productivity.

Stentofon will showcase how its intercom solutions integrate with Inner Range products to enable clients ‘to hear, be heard and understood, every time’ by providing interactive graphical representations, status and controls across multiple sites.

 

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Biometric recognition solutions specialist ievo produces new set of product videos

ievo Ltd, the Newcastle-based manufacturer of biometric recognition systems, has just launched a new set of product videos aimed primarily at installation partners to help explain to customers the unique benefits and functionality of its readers.

Ash Westgate, ievo’s marketing manager, commented: “In essence, they’re a set of marketing and sale aids for our installers to help showcase specific aspects of our readers and systems. We wanted to show clients and customers the readers performing and functioning with some of the hazards that our solutions can overcome.”

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The readers can be installed to work with a variety of access points such as turnstiles, barriers and doors, etc. They integrate with existing access control systems from well-known manufacturers such as Paxton, Stanley, Honeywell and Nortech.

The access system can be customised with a variety of options depending on requirements to provide a deeper level of security using non-infringed biometric data.

*The ievo product videos are available to view at https://www.youtube.com/user/ievoreader

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Software development manager Tina Baker celebrates 13 years with TDSi

Tina Baker, software development manager at integrated security solutions manufacturer TDSi, is celebrating 13 years of service with the company. Having reached this impressive milestone, Baker has also been reflecting on the developments and evolution of the security software industry and what this could lead to in the future. 

“Since I joined TDSi there have been enormous changes in the security industry, especially in the software systems and applications connected to them,” urged Baker. “TDSi has been leading the move towards fully-integrated security software for a number of years now, and it’s gratifying to see the rest of the industry has followed suit as well.”

Baker began her career in security when she answered a job advert for a summer placement on display at Bournemouth University while nearing the end of a degree course in Software Engineering. “I knew that software would dominate many industries and wanted a career that would allow constant growth. I wanted to gain more experience developing software using different programming languages and TDSi offered me the opportunity that I was looking for.”

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TDSI’s Tina Baker: reflecting on 13 years with the Poole-based security solutions developer

Baker’s personal development has fittingly mirrored that of TDSi and the security industry it supplies. “TDSi has really nurtured my personal development, right from software programmer to development manager. At the same time, the industry has become far more integrated with building management systems which now commonly incorporate intruder alarms systems and CCTV as well as access control.”

A view of the future

While reflecting on the past and present, Baker also has an eye firmly fixed on the future and is clear on how she believes the security software sector will develop: “All the signs are that there will be continued and increased integration with building management systems, especially to comply with environmental legislation.”

Baker continued: “We will also see further biometric integration to heighten security and remove the need for ID cards. The market is also demanding more bi-directional integration, with security systems working even more closely with one another. More and more, we’re being asked for our SDKs so that other security companies can integrate our systems into theirs.”

Baker also has advice for young people looking for a career in security software development. “You need to enjoy continually learning new skills if you’re to keep up with the changes in technology. It’s also important to have a keen understanding of the close connection between physical access security and software security. Further systems integration means that the prevention of cyber attacks is essential.”

Focused and interested

When asked what has kept her focused on and interested in working for TDSi, Baker concluded: “The company champions professional development of its employees and, on a personal level, I really enjoy the interesting challenges that TDSi faces with ever-increasing integration needs. It’s a great company to work for, and I very much look forward to seeing what the future will bring in terms of technology and progress.”

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Traka UK launches V Touch solution for limited space key management

Traka UK has launched a new intelligent key cabinet specifically designed to offer controlled access management for critical keys at locations where space is limited and only a few credentials need to be managed.

The company has unveiled its new V Touch as a secure unit with a seven-inch touch display to accommodate up to five sets of keys.

Powered by Traka’s exclusive electronics system, the V Touch presents full audit control capability such that administrators know exactly what keys have been taken, and by whom, together with the ability to instantly access usage reports.

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Traka’s V Touch is recommended as part of a networked solution using Traka’s specialist Traka Web software to enable central control of critical keys.

Steve Bumphrey, UK sales director at Traka, stated: “We’ve created the V Touch as an intelligent key management system to help ensure keys and credentials can be securely managed, even where space is at an absolute premium. This could include on board ships or for remote locations requiring maintenance. We hope the launch of the V Touch, which comes equipped with all the traditional management benefits you would expect from a Traka Touch system, demonstrates our commitment to listening and continually evolving our product range to meet both new and existing customer requirements.”

With further features including a solid locking door, built-in power supply and full battery back-up in the event of a power failure, Traka’s V Touch is available with card reader or biometric access options to enable customer preference and accommodation of individual site requirements.

Traka provides intelligent key and equipment management control to better protect essential assets resulting in improved efficiency, reduced downtime, less damage, fewer losses, lower operating costs and significantly less administration, allied with transparency and greater accountability and responsibility.

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