Crypto-Sign is a revolutionary patent-pending technology, which
provides a highly secure authentication scheme as a replacement
for the password or PIN. It uses biometric data captured from a
secret sign, together with pattern recognition algorithms and other
features based on velocity, direction, angle, etc to provide added
accuracy and security. Crypto-Sign is a software-based, non-invasive
biometric technology requiring no hardware other than pen-based
input and using the current password or PIN infrastructure. The
application requires submission of a secret sign (no display or
inking) on a PDA or digitizer, which is statistically compared to
a previously established template for the sign. A successful match
releases any or all of the password, PIN, private key or authentic
electronic signature to gain access to a system or to sign a document.
The patent-pending Crypto-Sign system combines the "what you
know" of the secret sign with the biometric data extracted
from the timing and spatial characteristics of how it is made. The
combination of these two identification methods with the "what
you own" such as a PDA or smart card gives the system a high
security, three level authentication system.
How Is Crypto-Sign Used?
Crypto-Sign® technology uses the biometric data from a handwritten
sign to confirm the identity of a person -- stand-alone or enterprise-wide.
Unlike a password or PIN number (where, if the number is known to
the impostor, the system is compromised with 100% certainty) or
tokens - which are often shared and could be easily lost, stolen
or forgotten, Crypto-Sign provides secure remote authentication
and trusted document authorization based upon a unique private personal
identifier. Crypto-Sign offers a secure solution for communication,
data privacy, document authorization, on-line shopping, electronic
payments, on-line banking and much more. Crypto-Sign applications
range from remote access control to systems, web sites, files and
electronic documents to secure document signing for proof of authorship
and delivery. It is ideal for secure storage, access to and retrieval
of electronic documents from electronic vaults and, with the advent
of the Net enabled wireless PDA, for conducting secure transactions
and M-commerce from these devices. It would be an ideal technology
to work in conjunction with an authentication server based service,
using wireless PDA’s or wired PDA’s connected to Workstations
or Laptops, where the pen-based hardware means of biometric input
is already included.