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LONDON, Feb. 12, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Jumio, the leading AI-powered trusted identity as a service provider, today announces the launch of Jumio Authentication. This new video-selfie authentication solution is the first in the market to leverage biometrics for initial identity proofing and ongoing user authentication — creating an online experience that is fast, secure, accurate and easy to use.
This secure and rapid authentication method is ideal for account logins and high-risk scenarios (e.g., logging in from a foreign IP address or authorising high-risk transactions such as wire transfers and online purchases). Secure selfie authentication can also be used to unlock doors (rental cars), self check-in (hotels), e-learning (online test taking) and continuous security (e.g., re-verifying the identity of ride-sharing drivers on a frequent basis).
“As more of our important interactions move online, establishing trust digitally has become critical,” said Stephen Stuut, CEO of Jumio. “Jumio is pioneering selfie-based authentication to allow businesses to leverage biometric user data captured during enrolment and re-verify that data in the future. With our new selfie-based authentication, users are not required to repeat the identity proofing process again — they just take a quick selfie — and as the digital chain of trust grows, so does the security level.”
Biometric authentication is the verification of enough unique human traits to physically prove a user is actually who they claim to be. It offers far greater security than previous step-up methods, such as knowledge-based authentication and multi-factor authentication, which remain vulnerable to imposters, credential phishing, large-scale data breaches, dark web user data dumps and man-in-the middle attacks.
But past attempts at biometric authentication have had their own vulnerabilities, as fraudsters have quickly learned to fool online identity verification solutions with spoofing attacks (e.g. using a photo, video or mask of the authorised person’s face). This is why it’s increasingly imperative to check whether the correct user is physically present during the account set-up (enrolment) process.
To combat this emerging threat, Jumio integrated the world’s first and only iBeta Level 1 and Level 2 Certified anti-spoofing technology, ZoOm® 3D Face Login with TrueLiveness Detection from FaceTec, into its online identity verification suite to capture and process the user’s face images taken from any 2D mobile device camera or webcam. These face frames are then reconstituted to create a 3D face map which contains over 100 times more liveness data than a 2D photo.
With Jumio Authentication, the digital chain of trust starts at enrolment when an online user takes a photo of their government-issued ID (driver’s license, passport or ID card) and then takes a video-selfie, which is instantly analysed via AI to determine that they are living human and not a spoof. The selfie is compared to the picture on the ID document to reliably establish the digital identity of the new user.
Later when the user wants to log into their account or whenever a high-risk transaction occurs, Jumio Authentication allows the user to take another video-selfie (where a new 3D face map is created), which is then compared to the original face map, verifying the user and unlocking the account in seconds.
“Data breaches have put hundreds of millions of personal records and passwords into the hands of fraudsters, but biometric technology, especially face authentication, holds universal promise for solving our user access security challenges,” said Kevin Alan Tussy, CEO of FaceTec. “ZoOm provides Jumio’s customers with 3D face authentication featuring iBeta/NIST Level 1&2 Certified Liveness Detection based on the ISO 30107 standard, making it secure enough to replace passwords, knowledge-based authentication, and even SMS-based two-factor authentication on over 10 billion supported devices.”
In fact, Gartner predicts that “By 2023, identity corroboration hubs will displace existing authentication platforms in over 50% of large and global enterprises.” [Source: Gartner Identity and Access Management Summit, Dec. 4, “Transform User Authentication With a CARTA Approach to Identity Corroboration,” Ant Allan]
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When identity matters, trust Jumio. Jumio’s mission is to make the internet a safer place by protecting the ecosystems of businesses through cutting-edge online identity verification and authentication services that quickly and accurately connect a person’s online and real-world identities. Jumio’s end-to-end identity verification solutions fight fraud, maintain compliance and onboard good customers faster.
Leveraging advanced technology including augmented intelligence, AI, biometrics, machine learning, certified 3D liveness detection and human review, Jumio helps organizations meet regulatory compliance including KYC, AML and GDPR and definitively establish the digital identity of their customers. Jumio has verified more than 160 million identities issued by over 200 countries and territories from real-time web and mobile transactions. Jumio’s solutions are used by leading companies in the financial services, sharing economy, digital currency, retail, travel and online gaming sectors. Based in Palo Alto, Jumio operates globally with offices in the North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific and has been the recipient of numerous awards for innovation. For more information, please visit www.jumio.com.
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Note to Editors: FaceTec is the first and only biometric authentication solution provider to achieve Level 1 and Level 2 anti-spoofing results in NIST/NVLAP-certified iBeta Presentation Attack Detection (PAD) Testing. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce and is one of the nation’s oldest physical science laboratories. Following a 100 percent Level 1 anti-spoofing certification in August 2018, the rigorous Level 2 test validates the effectiveness of anti-spoofing Liveness Detection technology against realistic 3D artifacts and masks worn by living human testers. The iBeta PAD certification is the only test guided by the ISO 30107 global biometric testing standard.
Passing the Level 1 and Level 2 PAD tests required ZoOm to successfully stop more than 3,300 spoof attempts over 12 days of rigorous testing with sophisticated attacks using digital and paper photos, high-res video, life-like dolls and realistic latex masks. No spoof attempts were able to fool the system and ZoOm achieved a perfect 100 percent anti-spoofing score over both tests.
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