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Innovate while you Authenticate with Daon

Innovate while you Authenticate with Daon

We are living in times where security is a prime concern of every individual, business organization, and even the government. We live in fear of cyber attacks, fraudulent thefts, breaches and more. So what’s the solution to protect ourselves from these attacks? While having strong preventive measures is a good choice, everything can be made more secure with biometric authentication.

Biometric authentication is a powerful security measure as its automated verification of individuals is based on unique physiological and behavioral characteristics. Be it fingerprints, iris, walk, etc, biometric authentication has become a necessity in almost all commercial spaces, including access to buildings. And the leading force of the biometric industry is Daon.

Daon was started way back in 1999 by Dermot Desmond with its headquarters in Reston, Virginia. Nearly two decades later, Daon is still the pioneer and leader in the biometrics industry. The whole objective of establishing Daon was to construct biometric software products to help and allow people and organizations to authenticate themselves in person or online. In this authentication process, Daon has ensured a secure, convenient and flexible manner which completely removes the threat of security breaches and device fraud.

Unfolding the Legacy

While the firm is based in the USA, Daon has developed assurance software for countries all over the world, including business enterprises and government institutions. Over the years, Daon has securely managed thousands and millions of biometric identities. “Our mobile biometric authentication solutions are used by some of the world’s top financial institutions,” proudly notes the CEO, Thomas A. Grissen. 

Daon has been succeeding in protecting critical information with enhanced security that doesn’t compromise usability and flexibility. Today, it’s a leading innovator when it comes to development and deployment of biometric authentication and identification solutions globally. “Our vision is to be the world’s leading human authentication platform enabling people across any channel to easily assert and protect their identity,” he says.

Flagship Product: IdentityX Platform

As a result of this vision, Daon has designed and developed a universal authentication platform for mobile devices called the IdentityX® Platform. The IdentityX Platform is a unique solution that is helping to protect national borders and other critical infrastructure. “Our IdentityX Platform removes friction from the authentication process while providing the highest level of security with inherent multi-factor authentication,” explains Thomas.

A unique feature of the IdentityX Platform is that it can ‘mix and match’ security factors. For instance, the IdentityX Platform can use old security factors like passwords and hard tokens and mix it with modern factors like voice, fingerprint, and facial recognition. It’s certain that security factors will continue developing. That’s why the IdentityX Platform can integrate emerging security factors of tomorrow as well. Clients can use these factors individually or can fuse them together to have a higher-level of secured assurance. In other words, once the IdentityX is integrated, you can use it as a shopping cart for new and upcoming technologies!

The first thing that’s assured about IdentityX is its higher level of security. The platform combines various types of biometrics like facial, voice and fingerprint recognition. It uses factors like geo-location, device-binding, and others to create the maximum level of trust. Moreover, the platform is easy-to-use and convenient.

“Passwords are hard to remember and cumbersome to enter. With biometrics, you just take a selfie, speak a phrase, or press your finger to the device!” Thomas says. The IdentityX is also an all-inclusive platform and doesn’t just cater to smartphone devices. For higher security, Doan encourages clients to take a multimodal approach in biometrics. This guarantees 100% inclusivity and freedom of choice.

The Leading Force

Thomas A. Grissen, Chief Executive Officer

Thomas A. Grissen is Daon’s CEO and a member of Daon’s Board of Directors. Thomas oversees all strategic and operational aspects of the business worldwide. His career spans publicly traded Fortune 100 technology companies to early stage “pure play” software companies. He is also the CEO and Chairman of DTIS (Daon Trusted Identity Services) a joint venture with the AAAE (American Association of Airport Executives). He is also a member of the Advisory Committee of a joint venture with SMFG (Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group), providing cloud-based biometric identity services across a variety of markets in Japan. 

Thomas is recognized in the biometrics and identity industry as a thought leader, regularly called on by the media to discuss how biometrics establish trust online, significantly enhancing security while improving the user experience. Thomas was identified by Forbes as “One of Five Chief Executives Reinventing Industry through Digital” and has appeared on national television programs, such as CNBC’s Squawk Box. Thomas holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Central Michigan University and an Executive MBA from the Eli Broad School of Business at Michigan State University. His hobbies include hiking, sailing, and skiing.

“Passwords are hard to remember and cumbersome to enter. With biometrics, you just take a selfie, speak a phrase, or press your finger to the device!”

“Our vision is to be the world’s leading human authentication platform enabling people across any channel to easily assert and protect their identity.”


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