KENORA, CANADA, July 11 2017 Treaty Three Police Chief Louie Napish and Mobile Innovations CEO Gary Bauer today announced their successful completion of proof-of-concept for two-factor Authentication for the Treaty Three Police Services’ iPhone. This Canadian mobile policing innovation is the first in Canada to provide the two-factor security level required for police officers to use iPhone to access police data, paving the way to provide secure mobile access to police data to officers in the field.
Two-Factor Authentication enables users to access data on their iPhones when two factors of authentication are provided. It is an extra layer of security for officers’ Apple ID, designed to ensure they are the only persons who can access their accounts, even if someone knows their password. Canadian Law Enforcement policy requires all National records or Police data be accessed only if protected by two-factor challenge/response authentication.
Mobile Innovations is currently the only Canadian mobile software firm able to offer two-factor Authentication in compliance with Canadian Law Enforcement’s strict requirements for smartphones. Developed leveraging the Entrust Datacard Technology Alliance partnership, Mobile Innovations’ two-factor solution gives Treaty Three Police Service officers industry-leading PKI technology solutions through their Entrust Datacard platform.
Integrated with the NIST FIPS 201-compliant credentials from Entrust Datacard, the solution uses contact and NFC interfaces on smartphones and desktops. Using Entrust IdentityGuard Mobile Smart Credential, the two-factor solution on smartphones and tablets leverages NIST SP800-157 compliant derived credential technologies capabilities certificates on iOS, Android and Blackberry 10, which provides seamless smartphone security.
“We knew where we wanted to get to in terms of security, authentication, and ease of use, and we brought together many people, organizations and components to complete the task,” said Police Chief Napish. “By sharing technology from the province of Ontario, Ontario Police Technology Cooperative (OPTIC), and Treaty Three Police Services, our police service is able to contain costs while delivering information to officers using iOS devices and technology. The Treaty Three Police Service CIO, David Brown and numerous other partners worked closely together to realize this vision.”
Mobile innovations CEO Gary Bauer added, “Treaty Three Police Service officers have certificates on their smart cards so they can generate derived certificates on their VMWare AirWatch Mobile Device Managed iPhones, enabling them to achieve the strongest Identity Verification security level available on any handheld device.”
“While strong two-factor authentication has been used by Law Enforcement in Canada for over 10 years on desktops and laptops, making this available via mobile devices, like iPhone, while increasing the device security with two-factor authentication is a vision shared by many, it can now be deployed within Treaty Three Police Service,” said Bauer. “We are working with the most popular EMM platforms currently used by Canadian Law Enforcement and the two smartphone platforms these agencies are moving forward with. With the proof-of-concept behind us we are thrilled and looking forward to seeing our two-factor solution rolled out successfully in the coming months within the Treaty Three Police Service production environment.”