PKI, Chip Technology Embraced to Fortify Security Defenses

As high-profile security breaches become more commonplace, companies and government agencies are increasingly looking to Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) technologies to enable strong authentication access controls and more robust data protection capabilities. Successful PKI-based, security chip implementations are designed to facilitate secure authentication.


Case in point, Congress is currently crafting a bipartisan piece of legislation called the IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017 in an effort to secure IoT devices. One way of securing IoT devices in the workplace and home is through the use of PKI credentials to both identify the device and to securely authenticate those seeking access to the device – which can prevent unauthorized users from gaining access. As IoT devices become more ubiquitous, devices will need to authenticate themselves and have their own certificates to prove trustworthiness. Through the use of PKI, the chances of unauthorized access through IoT devices decreases.


PKI is also increasingly embraced in the healthcare industry as a way to meet security compliance regulations, particularly the standards of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Devices with PKI technology help secure patient identities by only allowing access to authenticated users. The use of PKI technology in turn reduces the likelihood of litigation due to a HIPAA violation, and can also reduce the losses incurred due to identity fraud.


PKI can also be used in corporate environments to authenticate the identities of employees who request access to privileged company data. With the use of multi-factor authentication technologies like smartcards and biometrics, PKI can be used to offer another layer of identity security.  In fact, the US Department of Defense recognized an 80% reduction in unauthorized access to their systems once they fully implemented PKI-based access controls for their networks through the requirement for the use of the Common Access Card (CAC) smartcard in the place of passwords.


For border security, chips using PKI can also be leveraged to easily confirm the identities of travelers without sacrificing accuracy or negatively impacting the processing time for evaluation of the travel document. e-Passports add another layer of security to traditional non‑electronic passports by embedding an electronic chip in the passport. Performing an electronic evaluation of the e-passport chip data provides the highest level of assurance that the document is authentic, and is the only assurance that the biometrics on the chip are bound to the traveler.


Acuant’s recent acquisition of the Ozone e-Authentication product suite from identity solutions provider Mount Airey Group, further enhances its traditional physical security feature assessment capabilities and provides a comprehensive e-authentication solution for border control and other environments depending upon e-document validity. Acuant’s solution features certificate chain validation for e-passports, and implements country-specific policy controls.


In addition to support for e-passport issuance and border control processes, Ozone also supports PKI enablement across the enterprise.  With Ozone, application owners can enable their applications with PKI, without having to understand the complexities of PKI technology. Owners can manage application-specific authorizations without the need for modifications to the application software. Ozone also supports implementations across federal agencies to improve federated security leveraging existing Homeland Security President Directive #12 infrastructures.


Acuant’s Ozone Suite offers seamless PKI integration with smartcards, single sign-on schemes, and biometric authentication processes. The line of identity solutions supports enterprise-scale identity and access management (IDAM) solutions including e-Passport authentication, ICAO Public Key Directory (PKD) support, and eID document validation capabilities, as well as atomic authorization capabilities.  Consistent with Acuant’s flexible deployment strategy, the solution set supports traditional on-premise implementations, as well as supports cloud and mobility solutions.

Using PKI, Chip technology is a secure and efficient way to provide added security to your transaction.

Acuant Acquires Mount Airey Group’s Suite of Ozone® Identity Solutions

Transaction Creates New Gold Standard for Converged Physical and Electronic Authentication

LOS ANGELESSept. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Acuant, a leading provider of data capture and authentication solutions, announced that it has acquired Ozone®, a line of identity products, intellectual property (IP) and talent from Mount Airey Group, a premier provider of identity solutions used by federal organizations and agencies around the world. According to ICAO there are approximately 100 Nations/States currently issuing ePassports, and over 490 million ePassports are in circulation.

This transaction follows a highly successful partnership between Acuant and Mount Airey Group, which integrated Acuant’s AssureID  with Mount Airey Group’s Ozone e-Passport Authentication technology to create the industry’s most comprehensive e-authentication solution for border control, featuring certificate chain validation for passports and country-specific policy controls.

Bill Russell, Chief Technology Officer for Mount Airey Group stated, “we are excited to bring these two world-class product sets together. They provide powerful state-of-the-art security checks with rapid identity authentication. In today’s world, this full range of identity document verification is a must-have for our customers.”

Ozone, which allows application owners to PK-enable their applications without the need to understand the mechanics of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), supports enterprise-scale identity and access management (IDAM) solutions, including ePassport analysis, ICAO Public Key Directory (PKD) and validation capabilities, and atomic authorization capabilities incorporated within cloud and mobility solutions. ePassports add a layer of security to traditional non‑electronic passports by embedding an electronic chip in the passport.

“The addition of Ozone into our expanding line of identity solutions strengthens our chip and PKI offering to provide industry leading security,” said Yossi Zekri, CEO, Acuant. “These expanded capabilities will have a significant impact on both government and commercial markets relative to identity verification and authentication trends.”

About Acuant

Acuant Inc. is a global technology company that provides comprehensive Identity Verification solutions responding to various levels of risk and assurance requirements. Utilizing patented technology Acuant transforms data intake into a business-enhancing proposition while instantly reducing the risk of fraudulent transactions.

Acuant’s intelligent engineering is made to work in any industry in any environment with compatibility for Windows, iOS, Android, Hybrid and HTML 5- and built to allow meeting the highest level security requirements and regulations such as KYC, PII, HIPAA and AML. Partners include start-ups, Fortune 500 and FTSE 350 organizations.

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About Mount Airey Group, Inc.

Mount Airey Group, Inc. (MAG) is an advanced technology services company that focuses on enterprise architecture, information security, identity management, secure authorizations, and security related business processes in order to provide solutions that meet the complex information security and technology needs of its customers. MAG actively engages with several international standards bodies including IETF and ISO/ANSI, and is a direct participant in the ICAO-supporting working groups developing the requirements and standards for machine readable documents.

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