Canada-based Plurilock Security Solutions announced on August 17 that the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM) will deploy Plurilock’s BioTracker continuous authentication cybersecurity software to protect the warfighter against adversarial identity compromise.
In a strategic move to add more sophisticated cybersecurity protection beyond the standard Common Access Card (CAC), the U.S. Army deal comes on the heels of Plurilock’s recent contract with the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx), which will evaluate BioTracker as a potential replacement for CACs.
Both entities will implement and evaluate Plurilock’s groundbreaking proof-of-presence cybersecurity software that continuously authenticates workplace users based on their behavior patterns. Unlike CAC cards that provide only a single point-in-time authentication at log-in and don’t protect against insider threats or stolen or falsified credentials, BioTracker validates the user’s identity continuously in real-time, using behavioral factors that are unique to each individual.
“BioTracker enhances government and corporate cybersecurity by bolstering existing authentication capabilities such as CACs, two-factor, multi-factor and even biometric authentication, to safeguard vital data, intelligence systems and privileged accounts from both sophisticated cyber campaigns and insider threats,” said Keith Trippie, retired executive director for the Enterprise System Development Office with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. “Plurilock’s platform provides reliable, real-time visibility and security with virtually zero authorized user friction, which is unique in the market.”
Charged with both offensive and defensive global cyber operations for the U.S. Army, NETCOM aims to achieve a composite authentication protocol that could ultimately supplant CACs and surpass two-factor and multi-factor authentication to stay ahead of increasingly sophisticated threats.