Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

UPDATED 7/11: Campus ID cards cloned on national TV

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Demo highlights prox limitations but wrongfully lumps in contactless

Northern Arizona University submits comments, migration to contacless smart cards was underway before stunt

Any campus card administrator will tell you that understanding where your card system’s vulnerabilities lie is imperative, and understanding your card technology and its limits, be it mag stripe, bar code, prox or contactless is a crucial component of this understanding.

There are, however, some folks out there asking the difficult questions and prompting universities to think about their card systems and how they could potentially be compromised. Walt Augustinowicz, founder of Identity Stronghold, has made it his mission to visit campuses across the country to show universities and students alike that their cards might be subject to what he calls a “bump and clone” attack. 

Malta revamps student smart card system

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Malta government is set for a major renovation of a smart card system that is used to process student grants.

The student smart card was originally intended to help with costs for educational materials but over time students have been able to purchase any consumer products, including sportswear, footwear and eyewear.

According to the University of Malta, the smart card is available only to students that receive a stipend and is intended to partially cover expenses related to educational materials and equipment. 

Students join fight over voter ID law

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

College students have joined the NAACP, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Justice Department in North Carolina courtroom proceedings to a challenge a state law that they believe violates the 26th Amendment, which lowered the voting age from 21 to 18.

Over the past decade, the rules that govern voters have tightened, namely the requirements for photo IDs, in the name of preventing fraud. Whether the reasoning for this is to make voting more difficult for those who are likely to vote Democratic is unknown, but it has made voting for students more of a challenge. 

Australian University installs biometric management system

Monday, July 7, 2014

Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia has chosen Argus Global’s iTrak incident reporting and risk management solution.

The iTrak installation at Macquarie marks the first post-secondary school in Australia to use the system, but the solution is already being used at several universities in the United States. Argus and partner iView Systems been working hard to expand iTrak’s reach into the Australian market, and has already seen installations in Massey, O’Tago, Canterbury and Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. 

Teen pleads guilty in fake ID ring case

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The fourth member of a fake ID ring in Charlottesville, Virginia has pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit identification document fraud.

Michael DelRio, 19, is the supposed the tech expert behind the fake ID scheme that was responsible for producing high-quality false identification documents across the country.

DelRio, who also operated under the alias “Copernicus Lionheart” follows his fellow accomplices Alan McNeil Jones, Kelly Erin McPhee and Mark Gil Bernardo who also pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit identification fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft for their roles in the scheme. 

Could Host-Card Emulation be a difference maker on campus?

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

NFC deployments on college campuses have struggled to get off the ground, having been foiled by a number of hurdles, including difficulty with gaining access to the secure element within mobile devices. But could host-card emulation provide the key to unlock this puzzling conundrum?

Still a relatively new piece of Android software, host-card emulation could turn the tide and pave the way for a renewed NFC landscape. And with the challenges that the technology has traditionally faced on college campuses, host-card emulation may make it worthwhile for NFC to go back to school. 

Louisiana governor signs student data privacy bill

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has signed a new bill that’s intended to deter identify thieves, as well as quell concerns from parents.

House Bill 1076, signed last month, mandates that public school students in Louisiana will receive unique identification numbers to replace the Social Security numbers, which are currently on students’ academic files. The bill was drawn into the debate following the fear that student information forms that accompany the state’s Common Core tests would be vulnerable to data breaches.