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Most Wired Hospitals Focus on Security and Patient Engagement

ANN ARBOR, MI and CHICAGO, July 9, 2015 – Health data security and patient engagement are top priorities for the nation’s hospitals, according to results of the 17th annual HealthCare’s Most Wired™ Survey, released today by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).

The 2015 Most Wired™ survey and benchmarking study, in partnership with CHIME and sponsored by VMware, is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. The survey of more than 741 participants, representing more than 2,213 hospitals, examined how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based healthcare in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management, quality and safety, and clinical integration.

According to the survey, hospitals are taking more aggressive privacy and security measures to protect and safeguard patient data. Top growth areas in security among this year’s Most Wired organizations include privacy audit systems, provisioning systems, data loss prevention, single sign-on and identity management. The survey also found:

  • 96 percent of Most Wired organizations use intrusion detection systems compared to 85 percent of the all respondents. Privacy audit systems (94 percent) and security incident event management (93 percent) are also widely used.
  • 79 percent of Most Wired organizations conduct incident response exercises or tabletop tests annually, a high-level estimate of the current potential for success of a cybersecurity incident response plan, compared to 37 percent of all responding hospitals.
  • 83 percent of Most Wired organizations report that hospital board oversight of risk management and reduction includes cybersecurity risk.

“With the rising number of patient data breaches and cybersecurity attacks threatening the healthcare industry, protecting patient health information is a top priority for hospital customers,” said Frank Nydam, Senior Director of Healthcare at VMware. “Coupled with the incredible technology innovation taking place today, healthcare organizations need to have security as a foundational component of their mobility, cloud and networking strategy and incorporated into the very fabric of the organization”

As hospitals and health systems begin to transition away from volume-based care to more integrated, value-based care delivery, hospitals are utilizing IT to better facilitate information exchange across the care settings. This includes greater alignment between hospitals and physicians. According to the survey, the physician portal is a key factor in strengthening physician-hospital alignment:

  • In 84 percent of Most Wired organizations, physicians can view and exchange other facilities’ results in the portal compared with 63 percent of hospitals surveyed.
  • 76 percent use the portal and electronic health record (EHR) to exchange results with other EHRs and health information exchanges compared to 56 percent of those surveyed.
  • 81 percent can communicate with patients via email or alerts in contrast to 63 percent of all respondents.

Driven beyond the requirements of Meaningful Use Stage 2, this year’s Most Wired hospitals are utilizing the benefits of a patient portal to get patients actively involved in their health and healthcare. For instance, 89 percent of Most Wired organizations offer access to the patient portal through a mobile application. Other key findings include:

  • 67 percent of Most Wired hospitals offer the ability to incorporate patient-generated data.
  • 63 percent offerself-management tools for chronic conditions.
  • 60 percent offer patient-specific education in multiple languages.

“We commend and congratulate this year’s Most Wired hospitals and their CIOs for improving care delivery and outcomes in our nation’s hospitals through their creative and revolutionary uses of technology,” said CHIME CEO and President Russell P. Branzell, FCHIME CHCIO.”These Most Wired organizations represent excellence in IT leadership on the frontlines of healthcare transformation.”

“Congratulations to our nation’s Most Wired hospitals for harnessing the potential of information technology to improve quality care and patient safety and lower health care costs,” said Rich Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the AHA. “At the forefront of the field, these hospitals are setting the bar for protection of patient data through discerning security measures.”

HealthCare’s Most Wired™ Survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, 2015, is published annually by Health & Hospitals Network. Respondents completed 741 surveys, representing more than 39 percent of all U.S. hospitals.  Last October, the AHA/Health Forum and CHIME announced the formation of a Most Wired partnership to enhance collaboration between the two organizations in the development and sustainability of the survey, and to collectively help meet the growing demand for useful data on health IT integration.

Detailed results of the survey and study can be found in the July issue of H&HN. For a full list of winners visit www.hhnmag.com.

About the American Hospital Association
The American Hospital Association (AHA) is the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. Nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members come together to form the AHA. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, please visit www.aha.org.

About CHIME
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is an executive organization dedicated to serving chief information officers and other senior healthcare IT leaders. With more than 1,500 CIO members and over 150 healthcare IT vendors and professional services firms, CHIME provides a highly interactive, trusted environment enabling senior professional and industry leaders to collaborate; exchange best practices; address professional development needs; and advocate the effective use of information management to improve the health and healthcare in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit www.chimecentral.org.

About Health Forum

Health Forum is a strategic business enterprise of the American Hospital Association, creatively partnering to develop and deliver essential information and innovative services to help health care leaders achieve organizational performance excellence and sustainability. For more information, please visit www.healthforum.com.

About our Sponsor

VMware is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility. Built on VMware’s industry-leading virtualization technology, our solutions deliver a brave new model of IT that is fluid, instant and more secure. Customers can innovate faster by rapidly developing, automatically delivering and more safely consuming any application. With 2014 revenues of $6 billion, VMware has more than 500,000 customers and 75,000 partners. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online atwww.vmware.com.

July 9, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Zwipe Joins Allegion’s aptiQ® Alliance Program

aptiQ users can authenticate themselves directly on biometric card without adding biometric reader

OSLO, NORWAY – March 17, 2015Zwipe, a global leader in biometric authentication technology, today announced that it has joined the aptiQ® Alliance Program, a collaborative group of global companies that support Allegion’s aptiQ smart card technology to create an ecosystem of open, highly secure solutions. Zwipe can now provide aptiQ customers with biometric authorization using their presently installed aptiQ card readers. aptiQ users will be able to authenticate themselves directly on the Zwipe biometric card without adding a biometric reader to existing aptiQ® multi-technology card reader systems.

“Zwipe offers a unique credential-based biometric solution to the market that complements the aptiQ portfolio of products,” reports Allegion’s Director of Technology Alliances Diane Kehlenbeck. “Zwipe’s product allows aptiQ customers who are looking to enhance security practices with the ability to incorporate two-factor authentication seamlessly into their existing systems.”

“Using the Zwipe Access biometric card is yet another way that Allegion is bringing multi-factor verification and authorization to its large customer base,” adds Kim Humborstad, CEO of Zwipe. “Having been invited to join the great team of Alliance Program organizations shows how both Allegion and Zwipe are helping customers extend the life of their existing infrastructure while simultaneously increasing their level of security.”

The problems associated with PINs and passwords are eliminated through the use of Zwipe’s biometric authentication technology. With Zwipe’s patented on-card authentication, only the authorized cardholder can activate communication with the reader. This means no more lending or borrowing ID badges to access buildings, university labs, hospital pharmacies, data centers or networks.

The on-card fingerprint scanner with 3D capacitive technology resides on the contactless smart card which is compatible with aptiQ and XceedID® card readers as the Zwipe biometric card supports proximity and  aptiQ MIFARE® and MIFARE DESFire® EV1 technologies. Without having to change out the existing readers, the Zwipe Access biometric card provides an easy, low-cost way for organizations to provide a biometric upgrade to access control systems.

By incorporating Zwipe’s biometric solution to access control, organizations can increase the security of their systems, their employees and their assets by changing the authentication from something they carry to something they are without any modification to their existing infrastructure. The issues associated with lost or stolen credentials are dramatically reduced.

About Allegion™

Allegion (NYSE: ALLE) is a global pioneer in safety and security, with leading brands like CISA®, Interflex®, LCN®, Schlage® and Von Duprin®. Focusing on security around the door and adjacent areas, Allegion produces a range of solutions for homes, businesses, schools and other institutions. Allegion is a $2 billion company, with products sold in almost 130 countries.

For more, visit www.allegion.com.

About Zwipe

Starting in 2009, Zwipe challenged the status quo of identity verification by replacing PINs and passwords with fingerprint authentication. After developing the leanest, fastest, and most power efficient fingerprint algorithm in the world, Zwipe continued disrupting the industry through its patented energy harvesting technology.  No longer dependent on batteries, Zwipe fingerprint readers harvest the energy needed from already existing access, transport, border control and financial infrastructures. With its already strong portfolio of patent applications, Zwipe continues to develop and refine its innovative technology.  For more information, visit www.zwipe.com or follow them onTwitter@Zwipe.

March 17, 2015 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Caradigm Identity Access Management Solution Certified for Use With FairWarning’s Patient Privacy Monitoring System

BELLEVUE, WA – Mar. 17, 2015Caradigm, the leader in enterprise population health, today announced that Caradigm Provisioning has achieved certification in the FairWarning Ready® for Identity Management program, creating an integrated solution that offers healthcare organizations enhanced data privacy monitoring and alerting.

Hospitals using Caradigm Provisioning with the FairWarning® Patient Privacy Monitoring Platform (“FairWarningPlatform”) will be able to more rapidly determine if there is inappropriate access to patient records when they receive alerts and then take actions to remediate the problem.

“Operating Caradigm Provisioning and the FairWarning Platform together has enhanced our organization’s ability to proactively discover, respond to, and mitigate potential security incidents,” said Vincent Berretta, manager of security for Virtua, one of New Jersey’s largest health systems. “As a result, Virtua has been able to further solidify our overall security posture.”

Part of Caradigm’s suite of Identity and Access Management solutions for healthcare, Caradigm Provisioning helps healthcare organizations minimize security and compliance risk through role-based management of user identity. By codifying access and entitlement rights for the organization in a central repository, and by managing the creation, modification and termination of user access to clinical and core systems, Caradigm Provisioning helps organizations protect patient data while giving their clinicians rapid access to the applications and information they need to perform their jobs.

“Healthcare organizations are facing unprecedented risks to patient privacy and security, and they’re not fully prepared to manage that risk,” said Ralf Klein, vice president, identity and access management, Caradigm. “Caradigm’s collaboration with FairWarning® will give health systems the comprehensive tools they need to quickly pinpoint security issues and take steps to rectify them.”

FairWarning Ready® for Identity Management is a comprehensive program designed to help hospital customers make better use of their existing investment in IT infrastructure. The FairWarning Ready® for Identity Management program enables identity management application vendors to seamlessly integrate with FairWarning® Patient Privacy Monitoring to provide customers with advanced privacy monitoring and alerting.

“By leveraging identity management investments, healthcare providers are able to dramatically reduce the time and effort required to integrate key user identity data and deliver sustainable compliance through their patient privacy monitoring program,” said Shane Whitlatch, FairWarning enterprise vice president.

Customers that integrate Caradigm Provisioning with the FairWarning Platform now have the following capabilities when privacy alerts are triggered:

  • Caradigm’s Provisioning solution provides FairWarning® with a more complete view of the users accessing systems through a daily import of provisioned users.The additional information, including their location, department, role, telephone number, email address, manager’s name, etc. provides the security and privacy managers need when performing an investigation.
  • Using Caradigm’s Provisioning solution, security officers can then take critical security actions, such as suspending all access to clinical applications until the investigation of the person in question is complete; modifying access rights to certain pieces of the clinical application; or removing all access completely from that clinical application.
  • By alerting security officers with potential problems, providing them with additional information and empowering them to take critical actions, Caradigm and FairWarning® can now provide customers with a more complete lifecycle of patient privacy protection.

With customers representing over 7,000 facilities globally, FairWarning® is seeing increased investment in identity management infrastructure across the healthcare industry. The FairWarning® Ready program focuses on partnering with identity management vendors who have demonstrated a track record of customer success in the healthcare industry, to speed and improve patient privacy monitoring deployments and to protect against inadvertent, criminal and fraudulent misuse of electronic health records.

About FairWarning®

FairWarning®’s mission is to lead the industry expansion of trust in Electronic Health Records empowering care providers to grow their reputation for protecting confidentiality, scale their digital health initiatives and comply with complex Federal and state privacy laws such as HIPAA. By partnering with FairWarning®, care providers are able to direct their focus on delivering the best patient outcomes possible while receiving expert, sustainable and affordable privacy and compliance solutions. Customers consider FairWarning® privacy auditing solutions essential for compliance with healthcare privacy regulations such as ARRA HITECH privacy and meaningful use criteria, HIPAA, UK and EU Data Protection, California SB 541 and AB 211, Texas HB 300, and Canadian provincial healthcare privacy law. For more information on FairWarning® visit http://www.FairWarning.com or email Solutions@FairWarning.com.

About Caradigm

Caradigm is a population health company dedicated to helping organizations improve care, reduce costs, and manage risk. Caradigm analytics solutions provide insight into patients, populations, and performance, enabling healthcare organizations to understand their clinical and financial risk and identify the actions needed to address it. Caradigm population health solutions enable teams to deliver the appropriate care to patients through effective coordination and patient engagement, helping to improve outcomes and financial results. The key to Caradigm analytics and population health solutions is a rich set of clinical, operational, and financial data delivered to healthcare professionals within their workflows in real time. Learn more at: www.caradigm.com.

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 10 blogs containing over 8000 articles with John having written over 4000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 16 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies / Access Smart Provide Smart Card Cyber Security

aptiQ smart card technology adds new enterprise password management for Windows

CARMEL, IN – July 30, 2012 – Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies announced that aptiQ™ smart card users can now deploy the Access Smart® Power LogOn® as their password manager for Windows. No longer will employees have to self-manage their passwords, a practice which can easily lead to an expensive company security breach.

“When employees self-manage their passwords, the network access authentication becomes very insecure. Passwords are written down, simple passwords are used and the same password is used for multiple sites and applications,” explains Dovell Bonnett, Access Smart founder and CEO. “IT administrators using Power LogOn in combination with aptiQ smart cards can now easily add secure network access authentication. Businesses of all sizes must comply with state and federal privacy protection laws and cyber criminals are aggressively targeting businesses. Power LogOn securely authenticates a user before they are allowed past the firewall.”

“Smart cards are seen by security experts as the best way to authenticate users since many require multi-factor authentication,” adds Jeremy Earles, Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies portfolio manager, credentials and readers.  “Now, users of aptiQ smart cards can extend such security throughout their network. Computers, networks, web sites and applications, needing a user name and password, will now automatically launch and enter strong logon credentials with only two mouse-clicks.”

According to Bonnet, an enterprise password manager is the first line of network defense because organizations need to know who is really knocking on their network’s “front door.” Network access authentication safeguards a company’s network and implements the data security protection required for HIPAA, HITECH, FACTA, CJIS and other compliance standards, typically controlled by user-managed PINs. Using Power LogOn and aptiQ smart cards, employees will better protect their company’s computers, networks and data from cyber thieves. The combination of both physical and logical access control on a single badge offers security, convergence and low cost of ownership.

About Access Smart

Headquartered in Ladera Ranch, California, Access Smart, LLC is dedicated to empowering businesses, agencies and institutions to securely regain control over their computer network authentication and data access authorization. Security does not have to be cumbersome to be effective. That is why our products are designed using state-of-the-art security technologies while focusing on ease-of-use and low-cost-of-ownership. Security should never be a luxury, especially with rampant data breaches and privacy regulations. Please contact Access Smart as to discuss how best to implement Authentication, Authorization and Non-Repudiation into your business. Access Smart – The Easy, Affordable Alternative to PKI. For more information about Access Smart, please visit http://www.Access-Smart.com .

About Ingersoll Rand

Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) advances the quality of life by creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands—including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Schlage®, Thermo King® and Trane® —work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; secure homes and commercial properties; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies’ market-leading products include electronic and biometric access control systems; time-and-attendance and personnel scheduling systems; mechanical locks; portable security; door closers, exit devices, architectural hardware, and steel doors and frames; and other technologies and services for global security markets. Ingersoll Rand is a $14 billion global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results. For more information, visit ingersollrand.com or securitytechnologies.ingersollrand.com.

August 16, 2012 I Written By

Ievo Fingerprint Reader with Lumidigm MSI Sensor Receives Raves from Benchmark

“…with regard to scan credibility, the MSI sensor is certainly the best we’ve seen!” —Benchmark magazine, May 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – May 15, 2012 – Lumidigm today announced that Benchmark magazine, after conducting a competitive test of fingerprint readers, concluded, “use of the MSI technology, and the consistency with which it performed in conditions that would see other units simply fail really does set the [Lumidigm] technology apart from its peers.

The May 2012 article in the British journal begins, “One of the biggest issues with biometrics-based fingerprint readers is that many models will struggle to obtain a clear and usable scan if the digit being presented is damp, dirty or damaged.  This is because most sensors rely on an optical scan only.  However, multispectral imaging (MSI) [from Lumidigm] can provide a more robust solution.

Lumidigm partner Ievo™ submitted its Ultimate™ reader with the Lumidigm sensor for the Benchmark test. Ievo Managing Director Shaun Oakes reports, “Benchmark is known for its rigorous testing methods and independent reviews. We welcomed the opportunity to show what the superior Lumidigm technology brings to our fingerprint reader and to our customers.”

“This review verifies for many people what we already knew from field experience,” asserts Lumidigm Vice President, Transaction Systems Bill Spence.  “Now, independent testing confirms the superior fingerprint reading capabilities that Lumidigm technology brings to any application.  Customers expect better performance now and Lumidigm is providing it.”

A video of the reviewed product, available at www.lumidigm.com/video-fingerprint-reader-put-to-the-test/, demonstrates the fingerprint reader being subjected to various real world conditions, including damp and wet, dry and dirty. Lumidigm technology extracts unique fingerprint characteristics from both the surface and subsurface of the skin, allowing results that are more consistent, more inclusive and more tamper resistant than conventional technologies.

About Benchmark

Benchmark is a monthly publication dedicated to security technology. The only publication of its type, Benchmark is totally focused on delivering tests, assessments and reviews of products, systems and technologies. It has been designed solely for the needs of security installers, system integrators, specifiers, consultants and security managers involved in making buying decisions relating to products and systems. Benchmark is the fastest growing publication in the security market today!

About Ievo

Leveraging over a decade of biometric experience, Ievo develops biometric solutions for the access control market.  Their background has driven them to consider all aspects of biometric installation in the design of their products, from the specification process and installation all the way through to the end user experience. The newest offering delivers a minimalist, reliable and fit-for-purpose solution that allows seamless integration and works alongside currently installed systems using card/fob/PINs, as opposed to looking to replace whole systems.  Ievo ensures that the best sensor is used and all other components are of the highest quality possible, including the world’s leading algorithm.  Coupled with its low cost, the Ievo solution takes biometrics into new markets that have previously withdrawn from or have not been suitable for biometrics due to the low quality of traditional products.  Located in the United Kingdom, Ievo readers are currently available direct to trade customers in the UK and globally.

About Lumidigm

Lumidigm Inc., a global authentication solutions company, is dedicated to enabling convenient, secure, and reliable identification of people, products and credentials.  Lumidigm’s multispectral imaging technology and innovative software work in real world applications for those customers that need to know “who” or “what” to a high degree of certainty.  Headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Lumidigm’s biometric fingerprint sensors and optically enhanced machine vision solutions have met the needs of customers across the globe for physical and logical access control in markets such as banking, healthcare, entertainment and theme parks, and government and civil ID.  Lumidigm and our strategic partners are working on solutions for industrial, commercial, and transportation applications.  For more information, visit www.lumidigm.com.

May 17, 2012 I Written By

aptiQmobile™ Keys from Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies Turn Smart Phones into Credentials

CARMEL, IN, March 15, 2011– Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies, a leading global provider of security and safety solutions and manufacturer of contactless smart credentials and readers, introduced its new aptiQmobile™ web-based key management system. The system will send access control credentials over the air to Near Field Communications (NFC)-enabled smartphones, allowing people to use their phones to enter buildings in place of their smart-card ID badges.

“Many smartphones currently on the market are already NFC-enabled with more models being launched every month,” emphasizes Jeremy Earles, Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies product marketing manager, readers and credentials. “NFC-enabled phones can send encrypted data a short distance to a NFC-enabled reader located, for instance, next to a retail cash register or a door lock.

“To turn these smartphones into an access control credential, you simply download the aptiQmobile app to your smart phone and use it to retrieve your secure mobile key that was set up by your access control site administrator,” explains Earles. “Once your mobile key is downloaded, open the app and tap it to the reader just like using a smart card.  It’s very secure and extremely easy to use.”

Research shows that nearly two-thirds of college students are interested in using their mobile phones in place of their ID card and aptiQmobile brings the industry one step closer to that reality. Ingersoll Rand is currently conducting aptiQmobile pilot trials across the country to issue credentials over the air to phones and using those phones in day-to-day access control scenarios. The aptiQmobile management system will become commercially available later this year as NFC-enabled smartphones become more widely available.

At the ISC West Exposition, to be held in Las Vegas March 28-30, attendees visiting the Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies booth 16053 will see a smartphone with the aptiQmobile app being used just like a smart card (or proximity card) to open a locked door. They will also learn about a successful pilot program using aptiQmobile at a major East Coast university.

About Ingersoll Rand

Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) is a world leader in creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments in commercial, residential and industrial markets. Our people and our family of brands—including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Schlage®, Thermo King® and Trane® —work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings, transport and protect food and perishables, secure homes and commercial properties, and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies’ market-leading products include electronic and biometric access control systems; time-and-attendance and personnel scheduling systems; mechanical locks; portable security; door closers, exit devices, architectural hardware, and steel doors and frames; and other technologies and services for global security markets.  Ingersoll Rand is a $14 billion global business committed to sustainable business practices within our company and for our customers. For more information, visit www.ingersollrand.com or www.securitytechnologies.ingersollrand.com.

March 19, 2012 I Written By

Announcing Password-free Mobile Roaming To and From Desktops and Tablets – #HIMSS12

Indigo’s mobile solution offers clinicians the ultimate flexibility and security in virtual environments

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – February 17, 2012 – Indigo Identityware, Inc. (Indigo), a leader in the Identity & Access Management industry, announces password-free  roaming capabilities to and from the desktop and mobile devices including Android® tablets and iPads®. This unique clinical functionality provides clinicians the ultimate flexibility and allows them to provide safe, efficient and effective patient care.

Indigo’s unique and proprietary architecture knows exactly who each user is and how they work. Doctors using a mobile tablet to access patient health records can effortlessly and securely switch to the desktop as they move throughout the hospital. Once they are done on the desktop and want to be mobile again, they simply switch back to their tablet using Indigo’s password-free strong authentication solution, iDNA™.
“Indigo is redefining the way clinicians work. With iDNA™, clinicians can securely roam throughout their enterprise to and from any mobile device back to the desktop whenever needed. The mobility and ease of access saves physicians time and allows them to provide better, more efficient patient care,” said Tom Rheineck, President and CEO of Indigo Identityware. “We are just at the start of seeing the benefits of secure mobile healthcare and Indigo is looking forward to leading this charge with absolute identity security so only those that should be accessing the information, do.”

To see Indigo’s solution first hand, visit them in Booth 4059 at the HIMSS12 Conference at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, February 21-23.

About Indigo
Indigo Identityware, a leader in the identity and access management industry, distinguishes itself by providing password-free mobile and virtual strong authentication. Indigo’s software-only architecture was built from the ground up for mobile, virtual and clinical cloud computing. This differentiates Indigo from all other identity management solutions. Indigo’s solution works in any virtual environment and has been certified as Citrix Ready. Its flexible design supports multiple strong authentication methods, including next generation biometrics, providing users with secure and fast access to information. Indigo’s software-only solution increases workflow productivity while helping customers ensure regulatory compliance. To learn more, visit www.indigoidware.com.
February 20, 2012 I Written By

Symantec Introduces Intelligent Authentication to Combat Evolving Threats

With healthcare records, containing perhaps the most private and vital personal information, becoming electronic, user access policy is key. Getting the proper personnel the correct level of access to the right information requires layers of authentication, and the tug of war between security and user-friendliness stands to increase complexity for the process.

Symantec is announcing a powerful new addition to its cloud-based user authentication service, Symantec VIP.  Symantec VIP Intelligent Authentication enables strong authentication while providing end users with a seamless authentication experience.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – October 11, 2011 – Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced Symantec VIP Intelligent Authentication, a powerful addition to its cloud-based user authentication service, Symantec VIP. Dedicated to protecting an organization’s network and applications against unauthorized access, Symantec VIP Intelligent Authentication enables strong authentication that is both effective and unobtrusive for the end user.

Symantec VIP Intelligent Authentication employs advanced security technologies including: system fingerprinting, user behavior monitoring and geolocation access monitoring. In addition, Symantec VIP Intelligent Authentication leverages Symantec DeepSight intelligence, which has some of the most extensive data on IP address reputation and URL reputation, in order to thwart potentially malicious activity by denying access.

“As more organizations push to online` and mobile channels to deliver services to their end users, the need for simple, yet strong authentication solutions will continue to grow as a password only approach is simply not secure,” said Fran Rosch, vice president, Trust Services and Identity Protection, Symantec. “The new VIP Intelligent Authentication gives organizations one of the most advanced authentication solutions in the market that is delivered as a cost effective cloud-based service and provides end users with a seamless authentication experience.”

Superior Protection from Emerging Threats

Attackers are constantly changing tactics by leveraging malware and social engineering efforts to steal password credentials and hopping between compromised hosts to launch attacks, thus organizations must stay ahead of these emerging threats.

Symantec VIP Intelligent Authentication offers a unique suite of tools providing among the best possible protection for customers. Using DeepSight intelligence derived from the Symantec Global Intelligence Network, VIP Intelligent Authentication can quickly identify and prevent potentially damaging login attempts from IP addresses associated with known attack actors. VIP Intelligent Authentication can also strengthen the authentication process by leveraging devices already equipped with Symantec Endpoint Protection, Norton, or Intel Identity Protection Technology (IPT) to better prevent logins from unknown or risky endpoints.

Further demonstrating its dedication to the security and management of mobile devices, Symantec VIP Intelligent Authentication extends strong authentication to web-based applications accessed from these devices. With the influx of mobile devices across the globe, organizations can now provide secure multi-factor authentication using VIP Intelligent Authentication.

Convenient, Strong Authentication

While most organizations are aware that simple usernames and passwords no longer provide adequate resilience against today’s sophisticated attacks, they’re also concerned that an onerous technology may hurt adoption and usage. Symantec VIP Intelligent Authentication solves this problem, providing strong, multi-factor authentication without changing the login experience for users. All the strong authentication—such as device verification, behavior analysis, reputation and geo location analysis—happens seamlessly. Only if a login is deemed suspicious, is the user challenged to provide more information such as a onetime password that is sent over email or SMS.

A Comprehensive Solution

As part of the Symantec Validation and ID Protection Service (VIP), VIP Intelligent Authentication validates Symantec’s promise to deliver a comprehensive, flexible, and robust set of authentication solutions. With Symantec VIP, organizations can deploy not only risk-based authentication, but also hardware or software one-time password (OTP) tokens, mobile OTP tokens, and SMS or voice-enabled OTP authentication—all from a single, unified authentication solution. Strong authentication, coupled with Symantec’s Encryption and Data Loss Prevention products, not only enhances the VIP portfolio but provides a firm foundation for an information-centric approach to protecting an organizations’ data from unwanted viewers.

Availability

Symantec VIP Intelligent Authentication is available now and included with Symantec VIP at no additional incremental cost. Symantec VIP is delivered as a cloud-based service and licensed on an annual per-user subscription basis. For more information, please visit:  http://symantec.com/business/verisign/vip-authentication-service.

 

About Symantec

Symantec is a global leader in providing security, storage and systems management solutions to help consumers and organizations secure and manage their information-driven world. Our software and services protect against more risks at more points, more completely and efficiently, enabling confidence wherever information is used or stored. More information is available at www.symantec.com.

October 18, 2011 I Written By

Lumidigm’s Multispectral Imaging Sensor Biometrically Enhances Innometriks’ Cheetah Reader

Innometriks has added Lumidigm’s Mercury multispectral biometric sensor to the Innometriks Cheetah card reader, which meets or exceeds credential authentication requirements as set forth by the U.S. Government identity programs including FIPS201/PIV, SP800-116 and the Transportation Worker’s Identity Credential (TWIC).  Mercury biometric sensors feature multispectral imaging, a sophisticated technology developed to overcome the fingerprint capture problems conventional imaging systems have in less-than-ideal conditions.

Next Generation Card Reader Solution for Strong Identity Authentication and Smart Card Access Control Systems

To Be Showcased at Lumidigm ASIS Booth 2937 Biometric Consortium Conference – Lumidigm Booth 311 – September 27-29 

ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO – September 19, 2011 – Lumidigm today announced that Innometriks has added Lumidigm’s Mercury multispectral biometric sensor to the Innometriks Cheetah card reader, which meets or exceeds credential authentication requirements as set forth by U.S. Government identity programs including FIPS201/PIV, SP800-116 and the Transportation Worker’s Identity Credential (TWIC).  Mercury biometric sensors feature multispectral fingerprint imaging, a sophisticated technology developed to overcome the capture problems conventional imaging systems have in less-than-ideal conditions.

“Multispectral imaging from Lumidigm lets our Cheetah reader capture superior fingerprint images quickly on all people in all environmental conditions,” emphasizes John Cassise, Innometriks CEO.  “The Mercury sensors incorporate this field-proven technology into a reliable platform that allows for a smaller form factor and a lower cost.”

“Our Mercury multispectral sensors coupled with the Cheetah’s strong credential authentication provide a truly cost-effective reader for those who are serious about the entire security process,” adds Bill Spence, Lumidigm vice president, transaction services.  “Security professionals now have a reader that seamlessly connects the next generation of credentials with the next generation of reliable fingerprint technology.”

Lumidigm Mercury multispectral fingerprint sensors capture fingerprint data beneath the surface of the skin so that dryness or even damaged or worn fingers create no problems for reliable reads.  Using multiple wavelengths of light and advanced polarization techniques to extract unique fingerprint characteristics from both the surface and subsurface of the skin, the sensors provide Cheetah users with results that are more consistent, more inclusive and more tamper resistant than conventional biometric readers using an optical technology.

The Innometriks Cheetah reader and Lumidigm’s new Mariner fingerprint reader will be showcased at ASIS in Orlando, September 19-21 in Lumidigm booth 2937 and at Biometrics Consortium Conference in Tampa, September 27-29 in Lumidigm booth 311.

About Innometriks

Innometriks develops and manufactures a suite of hardware and software products that provide strong identity authentication for mission critical environments.  Strong identity authentication verifies an individual’s identity using technologies including biometrics, Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and digital signatures, providing greater protection of critical assets and sensitive information.  Innometriks innovative and comprehensive application suite offers credential validation and registration on a platform that is open, scalable and extensible.  www.innometriks.com

About Lumidigm

Lumidigm Inc., the multispectral imaging biometrics company, is dedicated to enabling convenient, secure, and reliable identification and verification. Lumidigm fingerprint sensors capture superior images quickly, on all people, in all conditions. Everyone can be enrolled. Everyone can be verified. Lumidigm’s sensors are quick and easy to use — perfect for any application in which speed, security and reliability are paramount. Headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Lumidigm sensors are distributed worldwide. Lumidigm’s initial venture capital investors are DFJ New England, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Epic Ventures, Intel Capital, International Venture Fund and Solstice Capital. Other investors include Methode Electronics, Motorola Ventures, New Mexico Co-Investment Partners managed by Fort Washington Capital, and Sun Mountain Capital. For more information, visit www.lumidigm.com.

September 28, 2011 I Written By

Lumidigm Highlighted in “TOP 300 STARTUPS”

Lumidigm has been chosen for inclusion in the 2011 Edition of the fundedIDEAS publication – TOP 300 STARTUPS.  According to fundedIDEAS, inclusion in TOP 300 STARTUPS demonstrates Lumidigm’s commitment to innovation, sustainability and excellence.  Lumidigm was specially selected by an eminent panel of business and industry leaders spanning the globe based on 14 parameters including strength of the management team, business model and execution strategy as well as industry and sector outlook.

Lumidigm selection based on strength of the management team, business model and execution strategy

 

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – April 19, 2011 – Lumidigm today announced that the company has been chosen for inclusion in the 2011 edition of the fundedIDEAS publication TOP 300 STARTUPS.  Lumidigm develops and deploys biometric fingerprint sensors that use multispectral imaging to capture superior images quickly, on all people, in all environmental conditions.

TOP 300 STARTUPS features those startups that secured the highest overall rating across 14 parameters that were applied to over 2500 companies that secured venture funding in 2010. Lumidigm emerged near the top of that elite list — with a final ranking of 29 — on the strength of its management team, business model, execution strategy and technological innovations.

“From the start, Lumidigm was able to demonstrate how its new technological approach to biometric authentication could solve the performance problems plaguing the industry,” said Steve Jurvetson, Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ). “Because Lumidigm had a highly differentiated solution and was led by a top-notch management team with the insight and capability to disrupt a market, we knew we had a winner.” DFJ was part of a strong group of initial venture capital investors in Lumidigm.

Lumidigm makes biometric authentication secure and convenient by using its patented multispectral imaging technology to extract unique fingerprint characteristics from both the surface and subsurface of the skin. This enhanced data capture mitigates traditional system vulnerabilities and makes Lumidigm’s sensors more reliable, more inclusive and more tamper-resistant than conventional biometric readers.

“We are excited to feature Lumidigm as a TOP 300 STARTUP,” said Jonathon Marcus, Editor with fundedIDEAS. “We are extremely confident of their ability to innovate and adapt to changing market and customer needs while driving innovation in the sector.” The fundedIDEAS editorial team conducted a rigorous four-month selection process prior to selecting Lumidigm for inclusion.

“Lumidigm continues to innovate off of its extensively-patented multi-imaging technology platform as it identifies and meets market needs,” emphasized Jurvetson. “I am delighted to see an independent analysis concur with DFJ’s assessment of Lumidigm.”

The research firm of Frost & Sullivan recently awarded the New Product Innovation of the Year Award, Fingerprint Biometrics, North America, 2010, to Lumidigm.  According to Frost & Sullivan, Lumidigm’s “innovative technology allows Lumidigm fingerprint sensors to provide highly accurate biometric data even in adverse conditions where traditional fingerprint sensors fail.”

More information about Lumidigm is available at www.lumidigm.com.

 

About Lumidigm

Lumidigm Inc., the multispectral imaging biometrics company, is dedicated to enabling convenient, secure, and reliable identification and verification. Lumidigm fingerprint sensors capture superior images quickly, on all people, in all conditions. Everyone can be enrolled. Everyone can be verified. Lumidigm’s sensors are quick and easy to use — perfect for any application in which speed, security and reliability are paramount. Headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Lumidigm sensors are distributed worldwide. Lumidigm’s initial venture capital investors are DFJ New England, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Epic Ventures, Intel Capital, International Venture Fund and Solstice Capital. Other investors include Methode Electronics, Motorola Ventures, New Mexico Co-Investment Partners managed by Fort Washington Capital, and Sun Mountain Capital. For more information, visit www.lumidigm.com.

About fundedIDEAS

9 out of 10 startups fail to achieve their stated business objectives. fundedIDEAS was established with the sole objective of discovering the ones that will. Rating each startup on 14 parameters, from strength of the management team, business model and execution strategy to industry and sector outlook – we deploy the most advanced methodology to establish the stability, sustainability and outlook of venture funded startups. To know more, please visit www.fundedIDEAS.com

April 25, 2011 I Written By