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Telefónica and Apple reveal biometric signature solution for healthcare


Telefónica and Apple have produced a biometric signature recognition solution, which detects handwritten signatures, as the Spanish operator grew its security partnerships.

The Spanish telco said the solution, developed by its cyber-security division ElevenPaths, provides secure authentication with the legal weight of signed documents.

It uses ElevenPaths’ SealSign BioSignature technology and works on Apple’s tablet and smartphone devices.

Targeted at the healthcare sector in the first instance, the Spanish telecoms group said it will also be standardised for the financial, energy and services sectors, as well as public authorities, in due course. 

ElevenPaths has also announced a new technology, called Path6, to detect vulnerabilities in mobile apps. Telefónica said the solution will provide a “new approach that allows businesses to analyse even those applications they did not even know existed”.

The Apple deal and the Path6 technology were showcased ElevenPaths’ IV Security Innovation Day in Madrid, alongside security solutions to protect information across all environments, for the early detection of digital fraud, and to manage risks associated with the new era of machine communications.

Telefónica also confirmed new partnerships with cyber-security firms Fortinet, F5 Networks, Gradiant, Logtrust and Spamina, as well as investments in cyber-security start-ups including CounterCraft, a counter-intelligence firm, IMBox, which provides encrypted instant messaging, and 4iQ, a platform for monitoring information leaks.

Pedro Pablo Pérez, Chief Executive at ElevenPaths, said: “We are committed to innovation and to forging alliances with the leading players in the market, as our chosen path towards a more secure future.”

Meanwhile, Telefónica said it has completed integration of the new Elastica service from Blue Coat, the cloud cyber-security firm acquired by Symantec in June.

Elastica enables customers to control security breaches and define security policies when using SaaS services, such as Dropbox, Outlook 365, OneDrive, and Salesforce.

Blue Coat was one of a number of companies to join with ElevenPaths in a flurry of partnerships announced last October.

Telefónica is the only telecoms operator on the board of the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO), which was established in August.