Wolfond at security conference
SecureKey makes a credential brokerage services for governments and businesses allowing the use of bank or credit cards with security chips for universal personal authentication, rather than have customers set up a different account – and remember a different password -- at each institution.
The idea is to take advantage of smart chip-enabled credit and bankcards that have Near Field Card (NFC) technology. NFC cards allow users to tap the card on a smart reader either in an Intel laptop or attached via a USB cable on their laptops, enter a password, and have the credential accepted.
Wolfond said the hiring also comes on the eve of the most prominent use of the brokerage service at two of Ottawa’s highest profile departments: Service Canada, the federal government’s one-stop site for accessing a wide range federal benefits including Social Insurance, and, in the fall, Canada Revenue Agency.
Last November the federal government announced that SecureKey’s technology will be offered by all departments that serve customers online.
Several departments are already using the service, linked to the Bank of Montreal, TD Bank and Scotiabank.
In use, a person needing to be authenticated to access a service would be directed to a Web site that will give the option of authenticating through the person’s existing bank or credit card company. The user enters (or swipes) their card, enters their password and the system validates the identity.
Wolford explains that the platform depends on the encrypted smart chips being increasingly included on bank and credit cards, chips that are “really strong. They’re hard to copy.”