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The IRS and the Opportunity to Get Biometrics Right
Security
Amena Ali

The IRS and the Opportunity to Get Biometrics Right

“The IRS takes taxpayer privacy and security seriously, and we understand the concerns that have been raised,” IRS commissioner Charles Rettig said in a statement. “Everyone should feel comfortable with how their personal information is secured.” United States Senate Committee on Finance After facing blowback from both sides of the aisle, the IRS announced today

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Airside Mobile Passport App
News
Amena Ali

Mobile Passport is Making a Connecting Flight

Technology & peace-of-mind are not mutually exclusive Shortly after the first-generation iPhone debuted, Airside co-founders authored the international standard for- and directly coordinated the rollout of mobile boarding passes across the United States. Then, they considered other ways to expedite travel. At that time, using an app to get through U.S. customs was a radical

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Airside Digital Identity Network and App
Security
Joe McCollum

Our Security Statement on Log4j

December 29, 2021 The recent disclosures of the Log4j vulnerabilities have created questions and we’d like to take this opportunity to discuss Airside’s response. Airside’s security operations team (sec/ops) has conducted extensive surveys of our products and services and can confirm our codebase is not affected by the Log4j vulnerabilities. This covers our mobile products

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Airside Mobile Digital ID App Biometric Consent
Consent
Hans Miller

Face it – Biometrics Needs Consent

As we adjust to post quarantine/vaccination life, I’ve been thinking about a few things that developed over the past year, especially biometrics. The Pew Charitable Trusts’ reported in September that Americans’ comfort level of sharing their biometrics and sensitive health data has risen to all-time highs, with 53% of people very or somewhat comfortable with

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Beefing Up Cybersecurity is a Team Sport
Security
Joe McCollum

Beefing Up Cybersecurity is a Team Sport

“Every company needs to understand that they are a potential counterintelligence target. (The) industry needs to significantly up its game in cybersecurity to make the case that voluntary approaches work.” — Suzanne Spaulding, Senior Advisor, Center for Strategic and International Studies It’s fitting that October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The days are getting shorter here

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Airside Mobile and Acuant Digital ID partnership
Digital Identity
Tricia Loveland

Acuant and Airside Partner to Bring Safe Sharing of Verified Digital Identities

We have all experienced a growing reliance on remote services and digital technology that was sped up by the pandemic. From electronic payments to mobile orders for groceries to telehealth visits, our comfort level with taking care of business from behind a screen has increased significantly. However, identity fraud and identity theft are at all-time

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Airside Blog Interoperability and the Blockchain Hammer
Security
Peter Davis

Interoperability and the Blockchain Hammer, Part 2

“While DLT applications often target the removal of the ‘middle man’, this may not be a realistic goal in [identity management] applications due the context [sic] of identity maintaining a profound need for trust.” Paul Dunphy and Fabien A. P. Petitcolas DLTs and blockchain continue to disrupt and reshape the traditional financial services ecosystem having

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Airside Blog Interoperability and the Blockchain Hammer
Security
Peter Davis

Interoperability and the Blockchain Hammer, Part 1

Over the past decade, we technologists have become very familiar with Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) and its immediate descendant: blockchains. We’re not alone anymore. We’ve all observed the growing general public interest in- and psychological gravity toward blockchain. As my colleague, Adam Tsao, wrote about in an earlier blog, it’s a fascinating topic that intrigues

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Digital Identity
Peter Davis

The Perils of Centralized Databases

“Our investigations indicate that the total period during which the cyber-attacker(s) were able to access our systems was less than one month,” SITA said in an email. I was reminded about the perils of centralized databases, which continue to draw hackers like moths to a flame, with the recent announcement that SITA’s Passenger Service System

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Airside Covid Health Pass
Health Pass
Amena Ali

Health Pass

Back in March of last year, in the early days of the pandemic, we started thinking about how we could put our expertise to work in getting the world going again. Having spent over six years delivering our Mobile Passport App to 9 million people to facilitate more secure and streamlined processes at U.S. customs

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Digital Identity
Adam Tsao

I Can’t Believe It’s Not Blockchain

At Airside, we are committed to the belief that your digital IDs should be decentralized, highly encrypted and controlled by you, and that privacy should be technologically enforced. Naturally, people often ask whether our system relies on blockchain. The short answer is no, it does not. Don’t get me wrong— blockchain is a fascinating set

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