Friday, 04 November 2011


Diebold Advances Fight Against ATM Card Skimming

Diebold, Incorporated is introducing a re-engineered bezel and the Opteva BezelSentry Service to not only detects skimming activity, but to help prevent it.

The company has re-engineered its Opteva ATM hardware to support anti-skimming efforts with a new design for the bezel. The re-engineered bezel incorporates geometric fascia alterations, making it more difficult for perpetrators to attach a skimmer to its surface and is designed to eliminate the market inventory of card skimmers. The re-engineered bezel helps protect the integrity of the bezel during removal attacks and features a removal switch that will send an alarm to the alarm system notifying the financial institution of any attempt to remove the bezel.

"The Opteva BezelSentry Service takes Diebold's suite of anti-skimming solutions to a completely new level," said Chuck Somers, vice president, ATM security and systems, Diebold. "We've helped financial institutions reduce ATM fraud for years by using multiple layers of technology to protect ATMs. By pushing the industry forward from detection to prevention, we're leading the way to protect consumers from ever having to experience ATM data theft in the first place."



Americans Will Take Action against Organisations that Compromise their Personal Data

Americans will go to great lengths to avoid identity theft, and many say they would take legal action against government or private organisations that compromise their personal data, according to new research conducted by Unisys Corporation.

Results from the bi-annual Unisys Security Index, which surveys more than 1,000 Americans for consumer views on a wide range of security concerns, indicated that more than three-quarters of respondents would stop dealing with an organisation entirely in the event of a security breach, underlining the need to better protect customers' personal data shared electronically.

The Unisys study also revealed that more than half of surveyed Americans are willing to provide biometric data to secure their identities. This includes a willingness to provide biometric data at security checkpoints at airports (59.6 percent); when conducting financial transactions with banking institutions (56.9 percent); and when receiving government benefits or other services (53.0 percent).

"The latest results of the Unisys Security Index suggest that organisations face very real business and financial implications for security breaches," said Steve Vinsik, vice president, enterprise security, Unisys. "Given recent highly publicised breaches that have exposed large amounts of sensitive data, the results should be a wake-up call for organisations to take more proactive measures to protect customer data."



STORK Reveals How It Has Made The EU One Step Closer To A Digital Single Market

STORK (Secure Identity Across Borders Linked), the innovative project which has established EU-wide interoperability of electronic identities (eIDs), invites stakeholders to its 5th and final Industry Group Meeting in Poznan, Poland on Wednesday 16th November 2011, to learn how the project has made the EU one step closer to the digital single market.

STORK, a project co-funded by the EU ICT Policy Support Programme under the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) was officially launched in May 2008. The objective was to develop and test common specifications for mutual recognition of national electronic identity (eID) between the STORK participating countries and achieve their acceptance in many different pioneer applications (pilot experiences). The project is scheduled to finish in December 2011 and at this meeting the STORK solution to this challenge and its long-term benefits to industry will be revealed.

STORK WP7 "Communication and Sustainability" Leader and Executive Director of Gov2u, Vasilis Koulolias states: "The STORK project has successfully united 18 countries and a total of 35 consortium partners from across the public and private sector in its goal to creating a truly interoperable, reliable and sustainable solution for the cross-border use of national electronic identities." He adds: "At this 5th STORK Industry Group meeting it is important all industry stakeholders to attend and learn about the progress the STORK project has made in achieving a sustainable, robust, transparent, safe to us and scalable solution to bring the EU one step closer to a digital single market as the EU Digital Agenda mentions".



Smart Card Alliance Board Members and Executive Leadership Announced for 2012

The Smart Card Alliance has announced its 2011-2012 board and seven-member executive committee. Elections were held during the 10th Annual Smart Card Alliance Government Conference, taking place this week at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Centre in Washington, DC.

"Our executive committee and board represent experts and leaders across the entire smart card industry, including government, enterprise, transit, payments and healthcare markets," said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance. "The diversity and collaboration amongst our leadership will keep us at the forefront of the industry and enhance our ability to create educational resources like white papers, web seminars and conferences."

The Smart Card Alliance elected executive committee is made up of the following board members:

  • Chair: Willy Dommen, Accenture
  • Vice Chair: Garfield Smith, Oberthur Technologies
  • Treasurer: Paul Legacki, Infineon Technologies
  • Assistant Treasurer: Brian Russell, Giesecke & Devrient
  • Secretary: Greg Garback, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
  • Assistant Secretary: Wendy Humphrey, Bank of America
  • Technology Vice Chair: Neville Pattinson, Gemalto



Samsung Confirms Galaxy Nexus UK Launch Date

Samsung announce the first smartphone to feature Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a 4.65" HD Super AMOLED display, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, will be available in the UK from Thursday 17th November.

The Galaxy Nexus features the latest version of the Android platform, 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), which brings an entirely new look and feel to Android. It has a redesigned user interface with improved multi-tasking, notifications, Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC support and a full web browsing experience, while introducing new innovations such as 'Face Unlock', which uses facial recognition to unlock your phone. It also comes with integrated Google+, allowing you to 'hang out' with friends and talk over Google+ Messenger. Google's services are connected to the cloud, keeping your email, contacts, and other data synced across your devices.

The Galaxy Nexus also features an ultra-fast 1.2GHz dual core processor and HSPA+ connectivity, providing superior power and speed.

Simon Stanford, Head of Mobile, Samsung UK and Ireland said: "The level of interest and anticipation surrounding the release of the Galaxy Nexus has been fantastic".



Morpho Delivers Millionth Biometric Device

Morpho (Safran group) has delivered its millionth biometric device to STJ Electronics Pvt. Ltd., an Indian company specialised in attendance and access management solutions.

Morpho's Millionth Biometric Device Trophy was awarded to Mr Binoj Cherian, Director of STJ Electronics Pvt. Ltd. by Francois Perrachon, Senior VP, Sales Development at Morpho, during a ceremony which took place at Biometrics London on October 19.




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