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iProov is pleased to announce its partnership with self-sovereign identity (SSI) specialists, Evernym.

Evernym is the market leader in SSI, working with over 100 organizations in the technology, government, nonprofit, finance, insurance, communications, and healthcare sectors to issue, accept and verify portable digital identity credentials.

iProov’s Genuine Presence Assurance technology is being integrated into Evernym’s enterprise-grade SSI platform and consumer mobile app, Connect.Me. Based on the most advanced decentralized identity technology, Evernym’s Verity platform enables organizations and governments to issue, accept, and verify credentials with individuals that serve as digital proofs of one’s identity. This technology gives people total control over their identity and personal data, while providing the freedom of being able to take and use these credentials anywhere, and allowing organizations to deliver more seamless and secure experiences for their users.

iProov technology will be used to provide high assurance during the online onboarding of a remote consumer. It will also be used to protect the crucial processes of binding an individual to their device and the credentials stored on it.

Most decentralized identity solutions use on-device biometrics or PIN codes to authenticate the user as the rightful user of a credential, which limits the use cases in which they can be sufficiently trusted. With iProov Genuine Presence Assurance, a simple biometric facial scan confirms that the user is the right person, a real person, and authenticating right now. This protects against criminal impersonation, credential sharing, and spoof attacks, and allows a device to be safely attached to the user’s digital identity as quickly and simply as possible.  

Andrew Bud, Founder and CEO at iProov, said; “iProov and Evernym are pioneers in digital identity. We’re setting new standards in security, privacy, and usability. iProov is delighted to be supporting the self-sovereign identity community by partnering with one of its very founders.”

Steve Havas, CEO at Evernym said; “Evernym is constantly enhancing every aspect of our platform and service to meet the needs of our production customers. iProov shares our commitment to security, privacy, and putting users first, and their technology will allow us to take further steps forward in empowering people with control over their personal data.”

For more information on our partner program visit our partner page and follow on LinkedIn and Twitter

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Today, iProov announced that Acuant, a global leader in identity verification solutions, has integrated iProov into its platform to provide robust online face authentication services.

Acuant, which provides identity verification services to all industries, selected iProov’s patented Flashmark technology to deliver the highest level of trust during the online authentication of a remote individual for customer onboarding, customer authentication, age verification, fraud prevention and regulatory compliance.

iProov’s Flashmark is the only device-independent solution proven to assure that an online user is the right person, a real person, and that the authentication is taking place right now. Yet it requires absolutely no effort from the user at all. 

The technology is unique in creating a “one-time biometric”. By projecting a cryptographic sequence of colours from the device screen onto the user’s face for a few seconds, the face imagery is stamped with a one-time code. This means that the imagery is useless if intercepted, stolen, recorded or reproduced by deepfake, protecting users from the most dangerous threats to facial authentication. It has been tested by governments and banks and shown to deliver far stronger security than any alternative. Its great usability and excellent performance have been demonstrated on a vast scale through deployment in national programs such as the British EU Settlement Scheme.

“We’re delighted to be working with Acuant,” said Andrew Bud, CEO of iProov. “As a world leader in identity management solutions, Acuant delivers trust and security to all facets of our lives. Across the world iProov is securing the link between digital identity and physical human beings. We’re excited about this partnership, which will deliver simpler, faster and safer digital identity solutions globally.”

“The demand for online authentication and genuine presence assurance is growing every day,” said Yossi Zekri, CEO of Acuant. “We were impressed by iProov’s innovative technology that secures and streamlines the verification process. iProov addresses the increasing threat of replay attacks and other spoofing tactics like no other solution today.”

For more information on our partner program visit our partner page and follow on LinkedIn and Twitter

Scenario 1: You’re walking across Times Square, or sitting in your seat at Wembley Stadium. Face recognition technology, combined with CCTV, is scanning the crowds and matching faces against a database of known or suspected criminals. You do not know if or when face recognition is being carried out on you. You are not able to opt out of it. There is no direct personal benefit to you from it. You do not know how the images are being used, shared or stored.

Scenario 2: You’re sitting at home. You want to apply for a visa for an upcoming vacation. You open your laptop, or pick up your mobile phone, and log on to the government visa service. You use the device camera to scan your driver’s license or passport to prove your identity. You then scan your face. Face verification technology confirms that your physical face matches the one in the ID document, and that you are real and completing this application right now. You know that the facial verification is being done. You choose to do it. There is a direct personal benefit to you (you get to go on your vacation). And with iProov’s face verification technology, you know that the images are kept behind a privacy firewall and are subject to strict GDPR rules.

Face recognition and face verification are often lumped together and used interchangeably to mean the same thing. But the truth is that the two technologies and the purpose of their use are completely different and need to be considered separately. Questions about the ethics of facial recognition for surveillance, and the call for clarity and limitations on its use, are matters for serious public discussion. However, face verification is not the same thing.

Face Recognition vs Face Verification

Why do we need face verification?

Put simply, face verification is needed for your online security.

Traditionally, we have verified our identity by walking into a bank or a government office and handing someone our documentation, which they then confirm matches the physical face that they see in front of them. But how do we transfer that process onto the internet? How do I prove to you that I am who I say I am if I’m sitting on my sofa using a mobile device?

Your unique face is the most secure way of verifying your identity online, and it’s the only way that businesses and government services can be assured that you and only you have access to your data:

  • Knowledge-based security (like passwords) can be shared or stolen and are hard to remember when you need countless secure ones for different accounts.
  • Device-based security (like mobile phones or tokens) have to be carried around and can be stolen or lost.
  • Other biometric identifiers, such as irises or fingerprints, are not included in driver’s licenses or passports, unlike photographs
  • Only face verification enables you to prove online that you are the bona fide holder of your ID document. iProov face verification also allows you to assert that you are genuinely present during your facial scan and that your image has not been stolen.

Online crime is growing, both in the number of attacks and in the sophistication of the tactics used by international criminal gangs. We all need a way to secure ourselves against identity and financial theft. Face verification enables us to do this, and iProov face verification allows us to do so with maximum security and simplicity. 

Examples of when online face verification is beneficial:

There are many occasions when we as individuals need to confirm with enterprises, banks and government services that we exist and that the physical being asserting the identity is the rightful owner of that identity. Here are a few examples of when online face verification makes processes easier, faster and more secure:

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Work at iProov

iProov is growing - from Product Management to Science and Engineering, we’re currently looking for talented people to come and join the team.

So what does it take to be an iProover? We talked to Nikhil Kamdar, one of our Solution Consultants, who shared his insights on the company and what he’d say to anyone looking to come onboard.

What attracted you to iProov and to your role as Solution Consultant?

My background is technical presales. I've always been interested in technology - I did my degree in computer science and artificial intelligence, so iProov was a very good fit for my next career step.

iProov’s technology was also a big draw for me, plus the fact that everybody here is super clever and has been hired for a reason. Everyone at iProov understands what the company objectives are and has a clear vision of how we’re going to get there.

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Online banking continues to grow. According to the latest EY Global FinTech Adoption Index, 71% of UK consumers and 46% of US consumers had used at least two digital financial services in 2019, up from 14% and 17% respectively in 2015. Savings, payments, borrowing and budgeting are all moving online. 

The challenge for financial institutions is how to make the online onboarding process as simple as possible for customers, while complying with Know Your Customer guidelines and protecting against fraud. Our latest report Top Considerations for Online Onboarding in Financial Services sets out ideas for how this can be achieved.

One example of financial digital onboarding success is Rabobank. They had realized that asking 18 year old digital natives to come into a branch with their documentation to open a bank account was not very appealing.  

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