Keeping the “I” in Identification
Security measures, such as one-time passwords and phone-based user authentication, considered among the most robust forms of security, are no longer enough to protect online banking transactions against fraud, a report from research firm Gartner Inc. warns.
Increasingly, such measures are overwhelmed by online criminals looking to pillage bank accounts using valid login credentials stolen from customers, the report says.
Show Your ID, Then Your TemperatureIf you have the flu and are going to the doctor’s office, you better have your photo ID ready.
An increase in identity theft across the country, including in the healthcare industry, has prompted the adoption of a federal law – the Red Flags Rule – designed to prevent patients’ insurance information and other personal details from being stolen.
The Look of IdentityIn a casino, security is all about being able to make quick and easy identifications. The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma has deployed or plans to deploy approximately 1,200 IQeye HD megapixel cameras for surveillance of high-value areas at four of its casinos, including gaming floors and tables, cashier windows and cash counting rooms, entryways, main choke points and parking lots.
Brett Green, integrations managers for Choctaw Nation, says that the technology is assisting the security team meet surveillance objectives, “The high level of image detail aids us in combating slot ticket scammers and also in disproving slip and fall claims,” he says. It definitely has a deterrent effect on our staff; we’ve seen no inside jobs in terms of cheating.”
Special School ID NeedsTo protect its students and to help it comply with the Jessica Lunsford Act, Broward County Public Schools in Florida installed a security solution from Johnson Controls. The act, which took effect in September 2005, set requirements to prevent sexual offenders or predators from having access to Florida public school district campuses.
Dr. Joseph Melita, executive director, Special Investigative Unit and Professional Standards, Broward County School District, says the system provides the District with an electronic method of identifying anyone who enters the school buildings and grounds.
Common ID, Uncommon AdministrationFor Oklahoma City, it took one day to change the way city officials viewed their security. That day was Sept. 11, 2001. After that day, the U.S. government issued Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD)-12, requiring “a common identification standard for federal employees and contractors.” For Oklahoma City, that meant creating a new system for issuing ID cards to city employees, vendors and contractors.
Unfortunately, Oklahoma City was no stranger to emergencies. It ramped up its security program after the Murrah Federal Building bombing in 1995, but it still issued a variety of ID cards. After 9/11 and HSPD-12, it coordinated the look and feel of its ID cards, enhancing its security system at the same time.
National ID and ControversiesNo doubt, there are millions of ID cards for identification of city workers, hospital employees, students, casino workers and game players. But there are multi-millions of IDs – more than 201 million license holders out of 308 million people – when it comes to state driver’s licenses, the most held personal identification in the United States.
Unlike many other countries, America has no national ID. States and various federal agencies issue driver’s licenses, which are considered the nation’s de facto identity card and a common document in most enterprise hiring processes. However, and similar to the rollout of various types of security technology, the tragedy of 9/11 encouraged the federal government to strive for more secure identification of people. That mission led to passage of the REAL ID Act of 2005 (Rearing and
Extensions and Alternatives“When we requested the extension, we told Homeland Security staff that we are not committing the commonwealth to comply with the REAL ID Act,” says Kurt Myers, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s deputy secretary for safety administration. “We have been clear from the beginning that unless the federal government fully funds REAL ID, Pennsylvania does not intend to participate.”
That state’s stand is telling. Pennsylvania has long been and continues to be a leader among states in the security of its driver’s license products, processes, systems and facilities.