Blue Cedar Announces Authentication Support For Apple's Face ID
Blue Cedar | Dec 5, 2017
Users Gain Secure Access to Blue Cedar-Protected Apps on iPhone X with Just a Glance
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 5, 2017 – Blue Cedar today announced support for Apple’s new Face ID—the revolutionary facial recognition technology that allows iPhone X users to unlock their phones with a quick glance at the screen. Blue Cedar’s innovative authentication code enables customers to use Face ID to securely log into a Blue Cedar-protected app or group of apps on iPhone X—including many popular apps that pre-date the iPhone X. This new capability extends an even greater level of convenience than Blue Cedar’s current biometric technology, which helps users securely access apps via fingerprint per the Touch ID technology introduced with Apple’s iPhone 6.
“We’re excited to offer the innovative capability of integrating Face ID authentication into any app secured by Blue Cedar’s technology, without the need for any code changes by developers,” said Kevin Fox, co-founder and CTO at Blue Cedar. “Our configurable Local App Authentication policy now allows any enterprise mobile app to be unlocked with the same ease and convenience that iPhone X owners use to access their phones. Blue Cedar’s technology allows us to intercept and encrypt network and data-at-rest operations, and when coupled with Face ID, is completely transparent to the user. We are proud to deliver such a critical feature that ultimately offers zero compromise between security and ease-of-use.”
Magic Under the Hood
While the user experience itself is seamless, there is nothing simple about the technological innovation under the hood to achieve this essential security feat. Just as Blue Cedar offered fingerprint access to apps via the APIs (application programming interfaces) in Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS, the company now also offers Face ID support via those APIs for any app on supported hardware through its revolutionary code injection technology.
Face ID uses a variety of sophisticated technologies, including facial mapping that analyzes more than 30,000 points on the user’s face, to create a detailed depth map that enables the iPhone to recognize the user even with glasses, facial hair, or a hat. Neural network technology safeguards against spoofing by masks or other techniques, and infrared sensors ensure that Face ID works in the dark. Blue Cedar customers benefit from these same technologies in accessing their protected apps.
Additionally, Blue Cedar’s new authentication code can be injected into older apps that were built before Face ID technology became available, allowing users to log into these apps with just their face and without requiring developers to go back to update the apps.
About Blue Cedar
Blue Cedar makes the world safe for organizations to use untrusted mobile and IoT devices at scale to power key organizational outcomes. The company was founded on the principle that the app is the optimal security control point for the modern organization. Blue Cedar makes it simple for organizations to protect apps and the sensitive data on which they rely, using advanced, in-app embedded security that protects mobile apps without the need for intrusive agents or containers.