Morpho supports Norway to fight against identity theft and fraud on smartphones
Initiated last month, the RCN (Research Council of Norway) launched the SWAN (Secure Access Control over Wide Area Network) Research & Development Project, intended to ensure, via biometrics, the strong authentication of personal data during online operations on smartphones. Morpho is a stakeholder in this strategic project for the country's digital economy.
Identity theft and fraud of customer accounts (ebanking, ehealth, email…) are critical threats to Norwegian consumers, and to the Norwegian economy as a whole. Most citizens have to authenticate themselves a dozen times a day via laptop, smartphone or tablet, to gain access to various applications such as banking or government secure sites.
To prevent ever increasing phishing attempts, most service providers encourage or require customers to choose increasingly complex passwords that include alphanumerical characters, and to change them regularly.
More and more common on new generation smartphones, biometrics allow users secure and convenient access to their accounts, and to a range of other applications.
The SWAN Project
The SWAN project will research, develop and deploy innovative technologies to establish an access control platform that is sustainable and cost-effective. This will be achieved by using strong authentication and biometrics to secure financial transactions, and by improving data transmission processes. Each transaction will be completely encrypted, from the beginning to end.
This research project concerns the core Morpho business, from the acquisition of the iris, fingerprints and face capture on smartphone to the protection of biometric templates* and transactions.
Morpho will also participate in the integration, and all efforts, particularly European, that relate to standardization.
For the first time, partners will join to work together on an innovative project dealing with biometrics on smartphones (secure transactions, privacy protection, etc.).
The consortium includes 6 partners:
- Gjovik University (Norway), the project coordinator,
- Oslo University (Norway),
- ZWIPE (SME, Norway),
- IDIAP (Research Institute, Switzerland),
- The Association of German Banks (Germany),
- Morpho (France)