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Identiv Releases Connected IoT Premises Access Control Solution with Its Global Partners

Identiv, Inc. (NASDAQ: INVE) today announced the launch of the Identiv Connected Physical Access Manager (ICPAM) solution. ICPAM is a distributed intelligent premises access control solution, providing state-of-the-art secure access to facilities using standards-based networking, and is backwards compatible for legacy wiring topologies and devices.

ICPAM software is tightly integrated with industry-leading Cisco technology, including routers, switches, Cisco Video Surveillance Manager, and Cisco IP Telephony. ICPAM has a low cost of ownership and provides all the functionality of comparable proprietary systems while offering superior security and deployment options by using standard network topology. ICPAM becomes part of an organization’s intelligent information network, allowing monitoring and information exchange between devices as an intelligent platform that grows as an organization requires it.

The ICPAM solution includes a Power over Ethernet (POE)-enabled local door controller, state-of-the-art multi-frequency door reader and sensor, and management software. ICPAM is an overall premises monitoring, intrusion, remote VoIP guard, and access solution suitable for organizations of all sizes with single or multiple locations and geographies. The ICPAM solution is available immediately through Cisco Authorized Technology Provider (ATP) Partners.

“ICPAM finally bridges the gap for our customers to unify and manage both physical and logical access control solutions,” said Ted Alben, Dimension Data Practice Manager, IoT. “Since all of the components are integrated with Cisco’s world class security portfolio, ICPAM provides a win-win model, and all from a single vendor.”

“IoE is the future and it’s happening now,” said‎ Stephen Lurie, Zones Vice President IoT Solutions. “IP-connected devices, unified security operations, and sharing — that’s where access management is headed. With ICPAM, we can help fulfill our customers’ evolving needs.”

“With ICPAM, we get the security we expect and the Cisco integration we need,” said‎ David Pelkey, Presidio Director, Business Development. “As buildings become more intelligent, ICPAM provides a crossover to industry open standards that leverages network infrastructure with the lowest cost of ownership.”

“Premises solutions are evolving from proprietary bespoke systems to becoming part of an interconnected environmental ecosystem. ICPAM is an access management solution that provides a platform that connects and collects information from an array of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and sensors,” said Jason Hart, Identiv President.


Updated August 20, 2015

Identiv, Inc. (INVE) today announced that it has partnered closely with Chronicled, Inc. to develop wearable sensors — or SmartLabels — to protect against counterfeiting of consumer goods. Chronicled eliminates knock-off sneakers from the market by tracking authenticity, ownership, and provenance of brand name shoes.

Chronicled worked with Identiv Labs to develop a solution that validates each sneaker with innovative, high-security technology including NFC, Bluetooth, and digital certificates, integrated into a tamper proof SmartLabel. Chronicled joins more than 30 existing Identiv Labs customers who have partnered to bring their products to the Internet of Things (IoT).

"As a $1 billion market, collectible sneakers are at risk for rampant counterfeiting," said Maurizio Greco, Chronicled CTO. "To combat fakes and re-instill trust and confidence, Chronicled is working with Identiv to create a 100-percent authenticated consumer platform. We plan to expand the use of authentication to other premium consumer goods, combating the more than $250 billion in counterfeit goods sold globally each year."

The solution combines Identiv's expertise in identity verification through digital certificates and purpose-built secure hardware, establishing secure objects with a trusted SmartLabel for each item. Chronicled's identity verification is paired with a consumer mobile application, allowing users to check authenticity, track products as they are resold, and understand the full item history. The Chronicled platform will be supported by an open-source registry upon which developers, partners, and third parties can build.

"Consumers no longer trust a simple printed label as a basis of authenticity, reducing trust and confidence in brand names," said Jason Hart, Identiv CEO. "SmartLabels are the next evolution — the appearance of the product is not adversely affected as the sensor is small and can be hidden — and consumers can be confident that what they are purchasing, wearing, and reselling is authentic. We're excited to be partnering closely with Chronicled to deliver the complete solution."

Chronicled plans to launch its authenticated consumer platform utilizing SmartLabels near the end of 2015 and is initially targeting more than 15,000 pairs of sneakers. For more information: www.Identiv.com


Updated Aug. 18, 2015

Identiv Enters Distribution Partnership With PSA Security Network

Identiv, Inc. (INVE) today announced it has entered into a partnership with PSA Security Network to distribute Identiv's uTrust TS Premises Readers and credentials. PSA Security Network is the world's largest electronic security cooperative, owned by the most progressive security integrators throughout North America. These leading security systems integrators are responsible for over $2 billion annually in security, fire, and life safety installations.

"PSA is thrilled to enter into this partnership with Identiv," said Bill Bozeman, president and CEO of PSA Security Network. "The Identiv product line is going to be a great asset to our integrator community and will no doubt bring them an additional competitive advantage."

Identiv's uTrust TS Premises Readers can be specifically designed for customers to support any existing building access system (such as Identiv, Lenel, AMAG, Honeywell, or Software House). Featuring high security with an inbuilt secure processor certified to the highest standards (EAL 6+), uTrust TS Readers support all major commercial and government access credentials. Identiv has a broad credentials portfolio, offering different form factors, that is compatible with the majority of building access systems on the market today.

"PSA Security Network is an excellent partner that offers more than just product distribution. Their commitment to service combined with Identiv's compelling product offerings delivers maximum customer value," said Jason Hart, Identiv CEO. "We are excited to be their newest vendor, and look forward to a long-term distribution partnership offering their members Identiv's entire advanced uTrust Reader platform and uTrust SmartID Credentials." For more information: www.Identiv.com


Updated  Aug. 12, 2015

Identiv Announces U.S. Government Certification of uTrust TS ScramblePad Government Reader

Identiv, Inc. (INVE) today announced that the uTrust TS ScramblePadGovernment Reader is now included on the U.S. government's FICAM Approved Products List (APL). The General Services Administration (GSA) lab, which is part of the Federal Identity, Credential, and Access Management (FICAM) Testing Program, has evaluated and approved Identiv's uTrust TS ScramblePad, joining the mullion, wall mount, and keypad models on the APL.

The uTrust TS ScramblePad is a significant update to the company's patented scrambling keypad door reader for high-security government and commercial entryways. The update modernizes its predecessor by adding new high-security features, including support for over 1,500 credentials such as PIV, PIV-I, CAC, FICAM E-PACS, PKI, DESFire EV1, MIFARE, and PLAID. Using open communication protocol standards such as Wiegand, RS-485 (OSDP), and Ethernet networking (including PoE), the uTrust TS ScramblePad offers simple migration from the previous ScramblePads to RS-485, or Ethernet-based FICAM E-PACS compliance.

Identiv's uTrust TS Government Readers are specifically designed for U.S. government customers to support any existing building access system (such as Identiv, Lenel, AMAG, Honeywell, or Software House) and provide a forward path to FICAM compliance. Featuring high security with an inbuilt secure processor certified to the highest standards (EAL 6+), uTrust TS Readers support all major commercial and government access credentials, including U.S. government PIV, PIV-I, and CAC. The uTrust TS ScramblePad adds a modernized version of the industry-standard scrambling keypad. All form factors and models have been evaluated and approved on the APL.

"The Hirsch ScramblePad has been an icon of high security," said Jason Hart, Identiv CEO. "With more than 50,000 readers deployed in the field, many agencies will be updating readers on legacy systems to select RS-485 or Ethernet for CAK in the future. With its addition to the APL, the uTrust TS ScramblePad is a direct, cost-effective replacement for all existing, non-compliant readers."

Offering a seamless transition to standards-based network cabling, uTrust TS Readers support simultaneous Wiegand, RS-485, and Ethernet communication. Four independent processors combine to deliver the fastest building entry transaction times, speeding access and reducing user frustration. One reader can be used at all building access points, delivering secure, future-proof access, while simplifying purchasing and reducing deployment and management costs. The readers are currently under evaluation at numerous agencies and are in high demand by Identiv original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

uTrust TS Readers are available immediately through Identiv Global Partners and for OEM partners through theuTrust Technology Partnership Program. Identiv's approved products on the FICAM PACS APL can be downloadedhere. For more information on the FICAM Testing Program, please click here.


Updated April 15, 2015

Identiv and Cisco to Provide Next-Generation Physical Access Solutions for the Internet of Everything

Identiv, Inc.  (NASDAQ: INVE) today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) to provide solutions for the Internet of Everything (IoE). The IoE is the intelligent connection of people, processes, data and things to the Internet, bringing unprecedented economic opportunities to both the private and public sectors. Initially, Identiv will deliver a next-generation, networked physical access control system (PACS) solution that interacts with other IoE elements, such as Cisco virtual supervisor module (VSM) cameras and Cisco voice-over-IP (VoIP) telephony products.

Identiv will offer a completely network based access control system, including credentials, advanced networked uTrust TS door sensors, Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) door controllers and access control software. Identiv is committed to disrupting the traditional physical access market by offering a fully network-based solution that is easy to buy and use. Customers will gain enhanced value, lower installation costs and less complexity by using standards-based network cabling, leading to reduced total cost of ownership (TCO) and improved return on investment (ROI).

“Everything is connecting, and physical access is no different,” said Jason Hart, Identiv CEO. “Identiv is allowing customers to view physical access control as another element of the Internet of Everything. Our focus on identity as the new security perimeter allows us to build connected systems linking buildings, mobile devices, cloud services, and information systems that are easy to use, standards based, cost effective, and most importantly, secure.”

Financial terms of the partnership were not disclosed.

For more information please visit www.identiv.com/ciscopartnership.


Updated March 13, 2015

Identiv Partners With 3M to Expand Physical Access Market by Sharing Products and Technology

Identiv, Inc. (INVE) today announced that it has entered a bilateral partnership with 3M, an innovative technology company that serves consumer, electronics and energy, healthcare, industrial, and safety and graphics markets. Initially, Identiv's uTrust TS Reader technology is being integrated into 3M's MiY multi-factor authentication biometric devices. Both Identiv and 3M will sell the completed solution.

This partnership provides Identiv and 3M's customers with high-security assurance and forward compatibility to meet multiple compliance mandates. Identiv's uTrust TS Reader is specifically designed to support any existing building access system (such as Identiv, Lenel, AMAG, Honeywell, Bosch, Casi, or Software House) and provide a forward path to newer standards, such as U.S. government Federal Identity, Credential, and Access Management (FICAM) compliance and network cabling.

"Integrating Identiv's new reader line with MiY will allow 3M to expand our credential support within our MiY product line," said Chris Crump, 3M Global Portfolio Manager. "This partnership provides our customers and Identiv's with the best solution for high assurance physical access."

The uTrust TS Reader platform supports all major commercial and government access credentials, including U.S. government PIV, PIV-I, and CAC. High-assurance credentials are quickly and easily available from Identiv'sidOnDemand service — delivering a standards-based, single trusted identity solution via a cloud-based service.

"We're excited to partner with 3M and broaden the use of our industry-leading uTrust TS Reader platform," said Jason Hart, Identiv CEO. "Customers can be confident that they are buying a reader compatible with existing access technologies that also paves a clear path to future high-assurance standards, including U.S. government FICAM mandates and a networked infrastructure."

Identiv's uTrust Technology Partnership Program provides original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) access to Identiv's uTrust solution portfolio to integrate into their own solutions. The program focuses on expanding the use of uTrust technologies beyond traditional Identiv channels and applications. The goal is to provide partnership members with the products to manage identities within their respective technology platforms.


Updated March 10, 2015

Identiv Launches uTrust Sense and Smart Sensor That Tracks the Temperature of Anything

Identiv, Inc. (INVE) today launched uTrust Sense, a range of compact, lightweight, cost-effective, physically flexible, secure, waterproof, Internet-enabled sensors. The first product is Identiv's uTrust Sense Temperature Tracker, a credit card-sized, powered smart sensor that tracks and stores temperature readings that can be read by mobile devices or uploaded to the Internet for analysis.

A smart sensor for the Internet of Things (IoT) market, Identiv's uTrust Sense Temperature Tracker empowers businesses in a broad range of market segments by providing manufacturers and consumers cost-effective temperature monitoring for virtually anything.

Identiv has already shipped over 10,000 sensors to a customer using the product to validate that perishable items are kept within specified temperature limits from their production facility to end customers. This 360-degree interaction has allowed unprecedented quality monitoring of temperature-sensitive products through the supply chain to an end user, and in turn, has enabled the consumer to verify the authenticity of the product and that the product was delivered in accordance with the manufacturer's temperature requirements.

Created within Identiv Labs, an in-design platform for customers and Identiv experts to engage, the uTrust Sense Temperature Tracker contains a precise temperature sensor, digital storage, a paper-thin flexible battery, and NFC communication. The sensor can communicate with a variety of local devices, using a consumer's mobile device or industrial equipment. The current temperature status and complete logged history can be reviewed locally or uploaded to the cloud. The waterproof sensor looks like a sticker and is easily attached with an adhesive backing. It is available in multiple sizes to suit the product packaging.

"In our increasingly connected world, smart sensors are a foundational element of the Internet of Things," said Jason Hart, Identiv CEO. "Identiv's new uTrust Sense Temperature Tracker is a breakthrough product that gives manufacturers, shippers, and retailers a way to validate the integrity of any product throughout the supply chain, ultimately delivering customer confidence. No other company has Identiv's combination of high-volume, cost-effective manufacturing, secure identity management, and cloud services. The uTrust Sense Temperature Tracker leverages all of our unique capabilities to deliver a product to rapidly expand the IoT market."

The uTrust Sense Temperature Tracker is available now. For more information and technical specifications, please visit identiv.com/sense.


Updated February 5, 2015

Identiv Announces U.S. Government Certification of uTrust TS Government Readers for Premises Access

Identiv, Inc. (INVE), a global security technology company that provides trusted identity solutions for premises, information, and everyday items, recently announced that Identiv's uTrust TS Government Readers for premises access are now included on the U.S. government's FICAM Approved Products List (APL). The General Services Administration (GSA) lab, which is part of the Federal Identity, Credential, and Access Management (FICAM) Testing Program, has evaluated and approved Identiv's uTrust TS Government Readers.

Identiv's uTrust TS Government Reader is specifically designed for U.S. government customers to support any existing building access system (such as Identiv, Lenel, AMAG, Honeywell, or Software House) and provide a forward path to FICAM compliance. Featuring high security with an inbuilt secure processor certified to the highest standards (EAL 6+), uTrust TS Readers support all major commercial and government access credentials, including U.S. government PIV, PIV-I, and CAC. Multiple form factors are available, including mullion and wall mount, with an upcoming keypad model.

Offering a seamless transition to standards-based network cabling, uTrust TS Readers support simultaneous Wiegand, RS485, and Ethernet communication. Four independent processors combine to deliver the fastest building entry transaction times, speeding access and reducing user frustration. One reader can be used at all building access points, delivering secure, future-proof access, while simplifying purchasing and reducing deployment and management costs.

"The uTrust TS Government Reader delivers a single cost-effective reader that supports all existing access systems and all major credential types, providing a clear path to a standards-based FICAM solution and migration to network cabling," said Jason Hart, Identiv CEO. "Identiv Channel Alliance Network partners are able to deliver a product from an American company to 100% of the U.S. government marketplace, giving customers a cost-effective solution for over 150,000 access points across all U.S. government buildings, recently mandated to adopt FICAM standards. uTrust TS Government Readers are available now and have already shipped to U.S. government customers."

Identiv's uTrust TS family of connected premises readers utilizes open, secure standards and a flexible, updatable platform design to support a broad range of access card technologies from proximity to public key infrastructure (PKI) at the door. Identiv's uTrust TS Readers enable agencies to support existing access systems and migrate to a secure U.S. government FICAM solution at a fraction of the cost of other competitive solutions.

uTrust TS Readers are available immediately through the Identiv Channel Alliance Network (ICAN) Global Partner Program and to original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partners through the uTrust Technology Partnership Program. Identiv's approved products on the FICAM PACS APL can be downloaded here. For more information on the FICAM Testing Program, please click here


Updated January 13, 2015

Identiv Supports President Obama’s Plan to Increase Cybersecurity and Calls for U.S. Congress Mandate for All Organizations

Identiv (NASDAQ: INVE), a global security technology company that provides trusted identity solutions for premises, information, and everyday items, today announced strong support of President Obama’s plan to increase cybersecurity. The company calls for a U.S. Congress mandate for all organizations to properly secure their IT systems, protecting business, employee, and customer data.

“At Identiv, we echo President Obama’s concerns and clearly recognize the threat that continual security breaches pose to the U.S. economy. All U.S. organizations must acknowledge the vulnerabilities of the connected world and take specific steps to protect and remediate threats to devices, information, and premises,” said Jason Hart, Identiv CEO. “Now is the time to move to the post-password era.”

“To date, cost has been the main factor in keeping organizations from making the investment in security. However, cloud services have dramatically reduced the complexity and cost of implementation,” added Hart. “Strong authentication costs less than $50 per employee. Most of the recent large-scale breaches that relied upon compromised accounts and passwords could have been prevented with this small investment. What we are suggesting is no different than the standards and technology already in use within the U.S. government — these solutions exist and are available to any organization.”

“Many leading organizations — including Identiv customers throughout the healthcare, finance, high-tech, transportation, and utility industries — have already implemented unified trust solutions to protect devices, information, and premises,” Hart continued. “Identiv joins President Obama’s call-to-action. We demand increased cybersecurity for all organizations, delivering security, privacy, and trust. A U.S. government mandate will ensure that businesses invest the resources and comply, resulting in a strengthened and resilient U.S. economy.”

Jason Hart, Identiv CEO, will hold a webinar inspired by President Obama’s own words, “If We’re Going to Be Connected, We’ve Got to Be Protected”, on Thursday, January 15 at 11:00 AM PT, demonstrating and discussing how existing identity and access solutions can be used by any organization to move to the post-password era.

What: “If We’re Going to Be Connected, We’ve Got to Be Protected” Webinar
When: Thursday, January 15, 11:00 AM PT
Who: Jason Hart, CEO
Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7823069575895240705


SecuritySolutionsWatch.com: Thank you for joining us today, Jason. Since taking over as CEO approximately one year ago, and congratulations on that appointment, cyber breaches and threats continue to make daily headlines. Before discussing the security landscape and Identiv solutions in greater detail, please tell us about your background.

Jason Hart: Thank you. Yes, I was appointed Identiv CEO and Director in September 2013. I have been in the technology industry for over 25 years, including more than 20 years leading security companies.

I joined Identiv in 2011 with the acquisition of idOnDemand, a company I co-founded that pioneered the delivery of smart card-based identity solutions via a cloud service. Prior to idOnDemand, I was CEO and a director of ActivIdentity, a publicly traded provider of identity assurance and strong authentication solutions, where I earlier held a variety of sales and marketing senior management positions. I joined ActivIdentity (then ActivCard) in 2005 through the acquisition of Protocom Development Systems, Inc., an identity management software security business that I founded and led as CEO.

I am a native of Australia now living in Northern California.  Beyond my passion for security, I also work as a volunteer search and rescue helicopter pilot for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services.

SecuritySolutionsWatch.com: Breaches at Target, Home Depot, JP Morgan, UPS, and the recent theft of over one billion passwords by Russian hackers have raised concerns about authentication and cybersecurity as never before. What is your perspective, Jason, regarding these recent cyber attacks and breaches? Are we seeing the prediction of Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, a prediction he made several years ago, coming true regarding the “death-of-the-password”?

Jason Hart: Exploiting weak identity credentials is one of the most common elements of most attacks. Even attacks that seem unrelated to users, such as recent point of sale (POS) attacks at well-known retailers like the ones you have mentioned, can be traced to insecure passwords. Often, the same password is repeated for all organizations managed by the POS vendor, and once it is stolen, it essentially becomes a default password and the attackers can gain knowledge of the customer base.

One of the main challenges with passwords is that the methods used to compromise them are continually evolving, while the core defensive strength and tactics used to secure them remain the same. Best practice policies emphasize using longer passwords to counter the effectiveness of brute force attacks — forcing users to write them down or store them in even less secure places. The other impact of longer and more complex passwords are the increasing costs of the growing number of help desk calls attributed to forgotten passwords. While passwords are always cheap in the beginning, in the long term, the significant risks of a data breach make them an expensive proposition with diminishing returns.

So yes — Bill Gates’ prediction about passwords over 10 years ago is absolutely true today. The truth is that passwords are well beyond their use-by date and we are entering the “Post-Password Era” — we cannot continue to accept the continual breaches and corresponding business impact.

SecuritySolutionsWatch.com: One will read on Identiv.com that, “Our trust solutions allow people to gain access to buildings, networks, information, systems, and services, while ensuring that the physical facilities and digital assets of the organizations they interact with are protected. Our solutions are implemented using standards-driven technology, such as digital certificates, trusted authentication, mobility, and cloud services. The foundation of Identiv’s trust solutions is a single universal identity credential that can be used to trust or securely access any resource — premises, information, or even everyday items. Cloud-based Identiv Trust Services (ITS) provide a secure web portal to issue, manage, or revoke credentials, without the complexity and cost of internal deployments.” Please give us an overview of the products and Identity as a Service solutions Identiv brings to the table.

Jason Hart: Sure. Identiv’s uTrust products enable business executives and security leaders to make the paradigm shift from patchworked identity systems to a unified, simple, efficient identity solution that delivers higher security and resistance to obsolescence, for both premises and information access. Our uTrust products are unique in the marketplace as they are designed, tested, and supported to work together. No matter where a customer starts, Identiv provides the confidence that they can build a complete system in which everything works together.

Identiv’s idOnDemand service is a turn-key cloud-based platform that makes establishing a trusted ecosystem across all lines of business, geographic locations, devices, and people simple and convenient. Central to the idOnDemand service is the certification authority that issues PKI certificates — the standard for secure communications through the internet, banks, and high-security cryptographic applications within and outside the U.S. government for the last 20 years. By combining PKI with purpose-built secure hardware such as a smart card, USB token, or other devices, like mobile, the certificate’s private key is not only protected in a high state of security, but is also portable across devices and services, enabling pervasive use of strong identity whenever (and wherever) required.

"While much of the market has focused their identity solutions on securing either digital or physical assets, Identiv is focused on the broader identity challenge that organizations face that also include validating the authenticity of the goods that organizations produce and their increased adoption of services over connected devices with a delivery platform designed for scale and simplicity." Mr. Terry GoldIndependent Analyst,  IDanalyst

SecuritySolutionsWatch.com:  Public and private sector customers are facing unprecedented challenges today… tight budgets and legacy systems on the one hand and unrelenting threats on the other. What is Identiv’s value proposition in this environment? Why Identiv?

Jason Hart: As the world transforms itself to consolidate toward a digital infrastructure — connecting applications, devices, and people — it is no longer acceptable to CISOs, CSOs, and information and corporate security professionals to invest in legacy systems that can’t provide the resistance to threats and attacks that are reasonably required while enabling them to achieve compliance mandates and protect trade secrets. Even roles outside of traditional IT are affected, as evidenced by the departure of the Target CEO after a security breach that affected 40 million customers in December 2013. 

The only rational answer is to move to a universal, standards-based system involving more than a password. Multi-factor authentication significantly strengthens the authentication process because it removes the password and eliminates many pervasive methods attackers commonly and successfully execute.

This is where Identiv’s value proposition comes into play. Until recently, if an enterprise wished to implement a multi-factor authentication solution to include a smart card, the only option was to aggregate, install, integrate, and manage the smart card environment in-house.

Identiv offers a service that already has the infrastructure setup and ready to use, audits completed, and lifecycle features built. This helps organizations avoid customizations, a great deal of time, complexity, cost, and resource overhead when issuing and managing identity credentials.

Using Identiv's idOnDemand-managed identity service, organizations can simply and cost effectively grant trusted access for employees, customers and partners to information and assets such as IT systems, remote access, data encryption, secure email, and buildings.

SecuritySolutionsWatch.com:  Congratulations also the announcement regarding the launch of the uTrust Technology Partnership Program with Viscount Systems as first member. Care to elaborate?

Jason Hart: Sure. By working with Identiv, OEMs such as Viscount Systems can quickly and cost effectively replace outdated and insecure security systems with trusted, high-security access control solutions, and help customers move to converged access solutions. The foundation of Identiv’s trust solutions is a single universal identity credential that can be used to trust or securely access any resource — premises, information, or even everyday items — and is issued from our cloud-based Identiv Trust Services (ITS). Our OEM partners are able to gain the benefits of these systems by embedding them into their own solutions and selling to their respective markets.

SecuritySolutionsWatch.com: It is truly a validation of Identiv positioning to have won the Security Products 2014 Product of the Year Award for Near Field Communication Devices and the Government Security News Award for Premises Solution at San Diego International Airport. Please tell us more.

Jason Hart: Sure. The Security Products New Product of the Year Award honors the outstanding product development achievements of security equipment manufacturers whose products are considered to be particularly noteworthy in their ability to improve security. Identiv was proudly awarded the New Product of the Year Award for Near Field Communication (NFC) Devices for our Giant NFC tag, which measures 5.1 by 7.1 inches, and delivers consistent detection over the entire surface area by any NFC-enabled device.

As the adoption of NFC-enabled mobile devices continues, solution designers are demanding a broader range of NFC form factors. We are seeing an increasing demand from multiple industries to extend their Internet of Things strategy to include NFC. These solutions offer new sources of information and interactivity for customers and manufacturers to better understand their world, including electronic toys, healthcare, government, and consumer items.

We were also honored to be recognized for providing the high-assurance integrated premises access and security solution for San Diego International Airport’s new Terminal 2. Airport security is obviously critical and entry points are a key area of attack. Identiv’s premises solution provides high security with strong levels of identity verification to controlled and restricted areas, as evidenced by our extensive government customer list, including airports, federal and state agencies, courthouses, as well as San Diego International Airport.

A distinguished panel of judges selected Identiv’s program with SDIA as an example of a partnership that provides invaluable security technology to an airport. Identiv and SDIA have partnered for nearly 16 years, with the Identiv access control system growing with the airport to meet its evolving security needs. The access control system complies with all relevant federal requirements and technology standards and supports pre-hire clearance of airport workers.

SecuritySolutionsWatch.com: What are your key target markets?

Jason Hart: With nearly 100 patents granted and pending, 100,000,000 licenses, and over 5,000 customers worldwide, Identiv is trusted by the U.S. government, global governments, universities and research facilities, telecommunication groups, mobile phone producers, transit and automobile companies, healthcare providers and pharmaceutical companies, museums, airports, gas and oil companies, retail establishments, international banks, technology corporations, and more.

SecuritySolutionsWatch.com:  Is our federal government doing enough to protect our critical infrastructure? Is FIPS 201 part of the solution?

Jason Hart: The U.S. government has implemented a standard known as FIPS 201 that mandates strong two-factor authentication for both buildings and information/network access. Users have a single strong credential known as a personal identity verification (PIV) card — essentially, a smart card. These cards contain credentials known as digital certificates, generated from a public key infrastructure (PKI) system — a standard that has existed for over 20 years and is used to secure millions of objects today from computers and networks to passports and mobile devices.

From a security standpoint, PKI completely removes the password on both the endpoint and the back-end, leaving an attacker with no passwords to attack. In fact, PKI and digital certificates are used in every browser to secure the connections — when you see “https:” or a padlock icon to indicate secure.

Every organization should be embracing what the U.S. federal government does to protect their critical infrastructure. The good news is that it’s relatively easy to get up-and-running with a pilot, because PKI and digital certificates are standards — nearly all operating systems and cloud/applications software support their use. Identiv helps companies deploy PKI solutions as a turnkey cloud service, so they can get up-and-running even quicker.

SecuritySolutionsWatch.com: Jason, can we discuss the Internet of Things for a moment? The benefits of IoT are clear… in seconds with our mobile devices we can pay a bill, send a gift, make a dinner reservation, check the stock market, and much more, but are we more vulnerable? Are our mobile devices a weak link the bad guys can exploit to get into the network?

Jason Hart: Sure. I have a sneaking suspicion that people have realized the Internet of Things (or as I prefer to call it, the Internet of EVERYTHING) is one of my favorite subjects to discuss. Analysts predict that there will be over 50 billion connected objects by 2020.  I believe that number will grow even higher than that.

The good news is that digital technologies exist today that protect the underlying threats of device attack. It will, however, be necessary for the industry to provide trust in the devices at their core with technology, such as digital certificates, and provide solutions that can be certified against published criteria so customers can decide the policy for their device use. Like BYOD, it is inevitable that companies will struggle to actually control the use of many IoT devices in the workplace and therefore, policy and vendor adoption of inherit trust into the devices is required.

SecuritySolutionsWatch.com:  What about Support & Training for Identiv solutions?

Jason Hart: Identiv’s Support and Maintenance Programs provide our customers with the services and support they need to keep their software and hardware environment running optimally. Identiv support is available 24/7 and our customers can be confident to get the support their organization needs.

The Identiv Learning Center trains end users and certifies Identiv Channel Alliance Network (ICAN) partners. We offer self-paced online learning, immersive instructor-led courses, private training, and an online technical library.

SecuritySolutionsWatch.com: Thanks again for joining us today, Jason.

Jason Hart: Thank you.

Bio:
Jason Hart was appointed Identiv CEO and Director in September 2013. He is a 25-year veteran of the technology industry with a substantial track record of innovation and success, including more than 20 years leading security companies.

Mr. Hart joined Identiv in 2011 with the acquisition of idOnDemand, a company he co-founded that pioneered the delivery of smart card-based identity solutions via a cloud service. Prior to idOnDemand, he was CEO and a director of ActivIdentity, a publicly traded provider of identity assurance and strong authentication solutions, where he earlier held a variety of sales and marketing senior management positions. Hart joined ActivIdentity (then ActivCard) in 2005 through the acquisition of Protocom Development Systems, Inc., an identity management software security business that he founded and led as CEO.

A native of Australia now living in Northern California, Mr. Hart was recognized by Deloitte & Touche for his software export achievements in 2003 and named Australian Young Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young in 2002, additionally serving as a member of the judging panel in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Mr. Hart’s passion for security also extends to his work as a volunteer search and rescue helicopter pilot for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services.

Follow Mr. Hart’s blog — “From the Desk of Jason Hart” — at ceo.identiv.com.

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