International Finance

Bank of America expands its use of biometrics with Intel

New security feature introduces digital authentication for online banking

Bank of America announced yesterday it would begin implementing Intel Online Connect technology into its online banking platform, giving customers added security when they bank online. The two companies will jointly preview the technology at this week’s Money20/20 conference in Las Vegas.

Bank of America plans to incorporate the security feature into its online banking authentication process in 2018, and will be the first financial services company to offer the technology to customers.

“As online and mobile banking usage continues to grow, we’re focused on implementing the latest technologies that will give our customers the best possible user experience,” said Michelle Moore, head of Digital Banking at Bank of America. “Biometrics can help us achieve that goal, and we’re excited to work with Intel to bring added convenience to our more than 34 million digital banking customers.”

The new solution combines Intel Online Connect and Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX) technology, available on 7th and 8th Generation Intel Core processors, with Bank of America’s authentication ecosystem to provide an effortless experience that improves security over passwords.

“Intel continues to drive innovation to simplify and secure the personal computing experience,” said Rick Echevarria, vice president of the Software and Services Group and general manager of the Platforms Security Division at Intel. “We are excited about the close collaboration between Intel and Bank of America using the latest Intel Core processors to bring biometric authentication to online banking for PC users.”

Intel Online Connect technology requires biometric data and is stored only on the user’s device and not on a public server or cloud, providing an additional level of protection for our customers.

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