Authentify Announces Expanded Biometric Support for Samsung Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Reader

Increasing Sales of Powerful Smart Devices Like the S5 and the Sophistication of Cybercriminals Are Major Factors Behind Wider Demand for Biometrics

Chicago, Illinois, UNITED STATES

PARIS, May 21, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FIDO PLENARY MEETING -- Using the FIDO Alliance Plenary Meeting as a backdrop, Authentify, Inc. today disclosed its expanded biometric support by announcing its support for the Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint reader. Having deployed speech recognition applications since 2001 and voice biometrics since 2004, the fingerprint reader on the S5 is the first fingerprint device to be supported by Authentify.

Attending the FIDO meeting, Authentify's Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Andy Rolfe focused on the role multiple biometrics will play in mobile commerce.

"Mobility has added a level of difficulty with regard to knowing your user or customer," offered Rolfe. "An end-user and a device can be almost anywhere. Ensuring the device is still in the hands of the same user is critical, and biometrics are the most reliable way to do so. We are able to handle a wide range of use cases and end-users employing multiple biometrics. The FIDO model has done a great deal to spur thinking around the use of multiple biometrics for some users."

Relative to the widely reported successful hacks of both the S5 and Apple iPhone fingerprint sensors, Rolfe was optimistic: "Successfully hacking a fingerprint reader with a gelatin model requires access to both the phone and the end-user. Most crimes committed online are remote, and the cybercriminals don't have access to the end-user. It's a very labor intensive hack. Plus, both Apple and Samsung are working on improved 'liveness' detection to thwart spoofing via gelatin models."

The Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint reader will be supported in release 3.5 of the Authentify xFA platform.

"The x in xFA is representative of the x number of authentication factors you can apply by rule or policy as a risk profile might dictate," according to Alan Dundas, vice president of product for Authentify and former security architect at Symantec. "The underlying authentication in xFA employs public key infrastructure (PKI) digital certificates, on top of which voice print, fingerprint, PIN and pattern may be layered. Use one 'authentifier,' or use them all, as your use case dictates."

About Authentify, Inc.

Authentify, Inc. is a global provider of phone-based, out-of-band authentication and a sponsor level supporter of the FIDO alliance. Authentify's services enable organizations that need strong security to quickly and cost-effectively add 2-factor, 3-factor or more authentication layers to sensitive user activities. These include login, transaction verification and critical account data changes such as password changes, and adding a payee to an e-pay or wire account. Authentify executes millions of user authentication events daily on behalf of clients operating in more than 130 countries and holds more than 30 North American and International security patents. For more information please visit:

About the FIDO Alliance

The FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization nominally formed in July 2012 to address the lack of interoperability among strong authentication devices as well as the problems users face with creating and remembering multiple usernames and passwords. The FIDO Alliance plans to change the nature of authentication by developing specifications that define an open, scalable, interoperable set of mechanisms that supplant reliance on passwords to securely authenticate users of online services. This new standard for security devices and browser plugins will allow any website or cloud application to interface with a broad variety of existing and future FIDO-enabled devices that the user has for online security.