Why security usability matters more than you think

SentryCard for biometric authentication

It’s no longer enough for security solutions to simply work. They need to be fraud-proof in a manner that can prevent the consequences of increasingly sophisticated phishing attacks. They have to offer the same access protections remotely as in the office. But unless security solutions are also convenient, they simply won’t be as effective.

Why usability matters

More so than most, security is a process that must be integrated with how people work and function to be successful. When a process becomes time-consuming and annoying, people will do their best to bypass it for the sake of productivity if nothing else. Look no further than how increasing password complexity requirements has caused users to rely on passwords that they reuse across multiple platforms and services. When one site is compromised, then the risk increases for all of them. That’s not to say passwords don’t have their obvious place in the security ecosystem. They do. But they can only be trusted up to a certain point simply because of human nature.

Security usability is not just about ease of use. It’s also about protecting users from themselves and bypassing problems for your IT staff. Think of how the sophistication of phishing attacks has grown exponentially over the past five years. They’re simply getting harder and harder for even tech-savvy employees to recognize. Usability means building automatic resilience into your security processes so that users don’t inadvertently provide attackers with an entry point into your organization. If attacks can be prevented in advance, then they should be. Usability also means your IT department needs processes that can prevent not only current attacks but also future ones.

Security usability is not just about ease of use. It’s also about protecting users from themselves and bypassing problems for your IT staff.

Blending security and usability is possible

Modern security solutions require a flexibility that can’t be limited by organizational silos. That’s where the cracks are. Biometric authentication represents an opportunity for enterprises to move their security program forward by adding fraud-proof identity verification across their entire organization. SentryCard enables organizations to change their security odds by changing the game itself and preventing every attack that originates with stolen or fraudulent credentials. Hackers have yet to figure out how to replicate a self-contained authentication solution that verifies a user’s biometric information, and it’s not likely they will anytime soon. With SentryCard, there’s simply nothing for them to attack because the authentication information isn’t stored anywhere but on the card itself. 

By replacing a reliance on passwords with fraud-proof biometric authentication that meets FIDO2, you can build resilience against any threat that involves stolen or forged credentials. The SentryCard is the only open-architected biometric platform in the market, making it compatible with virtually every back-end system. It’s a converged security solution that bridges the gap between software and hardware, yet doesn’t require the replacement of existing equipment.To learn how SentryCard adds a level of protection to your entire organization with verifiable identity integrated into your current processes, please click here to contact Sentry Enterprises.

Sentry Enterprises and HID Global Collaborate to Enable Employees to Open Doors and Authenticate into Systems Biometrically Using SentryCard

SentryCard and HID Global collaborate

Sentry Enterprises, the maker of the SentryCard Biometric Platform today announced in collaboration with HID Global, a worldwide leader in trusted identity solutions, it has equipped its biometric FIDO2 platform with HID Global’s next-generation Seos® credential technology.

WEST CHESTER, PA. (PRWEB) DECEMBER 13, 2021

Sentry Enterprises, the maker of the SentryCard Biometric Platform today announced in collaboration with HID Global, a worldwide leader in trusted identity solutions, it has equipped its biometric FIDO2 platform with HID Global’s next-generation Seos® credential technology.

The SentryCard is a first-of-its-kind biometric platform, in the form factor of an employee ID-badge, enabling users to biometrically authenticate in order to open doors and authenticate into systems, devices, and machines.

“SentryCard is designed for organizations seeking an indisputable assurance of who is entering their facilities, accessing their computers and devices, or logging into their websites, “


said Mark Bennett, CEO of Sentry Enterprises. “Combining the best-in-class cryptography of HID’s Seos credential technology, with the broad utility of the biometric SentryCard will allow us to deliver superior data and privacy protection compared to other biometric platforms.”

The SentryCard delivers access control using zero-trust security principles by decentralizing a user’s biometric fingerprint information: enrolling, storing, and matching the biometrics solely within the platform itself. SentryCard is growing in adoption, with organizations seeking proof-positive physical and logical authentication; while moving to passwordless environments.

“The use of contactless biometric devices is growing in popularity for authentication into buildings, doors, and manufacturing systems,”

said Thierry Roz, Managing Director of RFID Business Unit, Extended Access Technologies, HID Global. “We are excited to bolster the SentryCard’s high-assurance authentication capabilities with the inclusion of our Seos credential technology.”

How it Works

  • Today the SentryCard embeds a dedicated Seos e-unit (chip and antenna) provisioned by HID Global, and tomorrow the HID Seos applet will be loaded onto the secure element (SE) inside the SentryCard so the user can carry security keys and encrypted firmware.
  • Seos credentials are sent to the SentryCard over a Near Field Communications (NFC) connection.
  • At the time of issuance, a user enrolls their fingerprint data (typically 2-fingers) directly onto the SentryCard. Once the user’s biometrics are enrolled on the SentryCard platform, they are irreversible and unable to be modified.
  • When a user accesses a door, computer or system, they touch the biometric sensor on the SentryCard, where an on-card match takes place to confirm or deny the use of the credential.
  • Native support in HID DigitalPersona® software also enables the SentryCard to be used for Windows login with both Seos credential and FIDO2 standard passwordless authentication.
  • SentryCard credentials that include Seos technology, support the ASSA ABLOY Seos reader ecosystem composed of HID SignoTM and iCLASS SE® readers, OMNIKEY® embedded and desktop readers, and Seos technology-enabled Digital Door Locks that are broadly deployed in every major vertical market around the world. The SentryCard platform is also compatible with all leading access control systems.

The SentryCard provides strong assurance of an individual’s identity while also providing the privacy and hygiene standards that a user would expect. Click here for more information about the SentryCard.

About Sentry Enterprises

Sentry Enterprises is a U.S.-based manufacturer with expertise in creating ultra-thin microelectronic security devices. The company offers a proprietary and patented platform focused on providing proof-positive identification whether accessing a building or computing network. Sentry Enterprises’ solution solves numerous risks facing today’s enterprises, from biometric authentication to privacy, contact tracing, and hygiene issues. For more information, visit sentryenterprises.com.

The HID Global, DigitalPersona, iClass SE, Signo, OMNIKEY and Seos trademarks are owned by ASSA ABLOY and its affiliates.

Qumulex Partners with Sentry Enterprises, Offering a First-Of-Its-Kind Biometric Credentials Along with Qumulex QxControl

Fishers, Indiana, December 6, 2021 – Qumulex, makers of the cloud-based QxControl unified Video and Access Control platform, announced a new partnership with Sentry Enterprises,

a U.S. based manufacturer of the SentryCard; a self-contained biometric platform designed for proof-positive identification for both physical and logical access control. With this new agreement, Qumulex offers Sentry Enterprises products directly on their pricelist and is immediately available to Qumulex partners and distributors. By partnering with Sentry Enterprises, added Tom Buckley of Qumulex,

“Qumulex can now provide their authorized resellers with a highly differentiated proof-of-identity solution for access control, without the need to rip out or replace existing infrastructure.”

The SentryCard line includes the full suite of industry standard interfaces, whether HID Prox, iClass, Seos or DesFIRE EV2. Designed from the ground up to be a unified, cloud-based, physical security solution for both video and access control, QxControl delivers a robust, easy-to-use, mobile-first experience. It is a fully unified video management and access control system that is delivered as a Progressive Web App (PWA) that runs on any device with a browser and can be deployed on-premises or in the cloud. “We believe in Qumulex vision for unified video management and access control. Adding the SentryCard’s ‘proof-of-identity at the edge’ will further secure QxControl without impacting the end-user’s experience”, added John Calzaretta, President of Sentry Enterprises.

About Sentry Enterprises

Sentry Enterprises is a U.S.-based manufacturer with expertise in creating ultra-thin microelectronic security devices. The company offers a proprietary and patented platform focused on providing proof-positive identification whether accessing a building or computing network. Sentry Enterprises’ solution solves for numerous risks facing today’s enterprises, from biometric authentication to privacy, contact tracing and hygiene issues. For more information about Sentry Enterprises, please visit sentryenterprises.com

About Qumulex, Inc.

Designed for security integrators, Qumulex unifies video surveillance and access control, providing a transition to a mobile-first, cyber-secure service, recurring revenue, and the benefit of consistent customer lifetime value. Qumulex provides a Unified Video Management and Access Control platform providing both in a simplified browser-based user interface, with flexible deployment options of All Cloud, All On-Premises, or Both, and is open platform to work with leading camera and access control hardware, with no proprietaryproduct lock-in. Visit qumulex.com

Identity On The Edge: Video

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“Identity on the Edge” by Fingerprints.com with John Calzaretta, President & CRO of Sentry Enterprises. John will discuss trends and benefits of the converged biometric access card, SentryCard – a secure and compliant solution that works both for logical and physical access for multiple sectors.

Sentry Enterprises is proud to announce that it has established a global OEM relationship with Genetec Inc.

Sentry Enterprises is proud to announce that it has established a global OEM relationship with Genetec

Sentry Enterprises, the maker of the SentryCard biometric platform today announced that Genetec Inc. will begin reselling the SentryCard globally as of November 30, 2021. SentryCard was built for organizations seeking an indisputable assurance of who is entering their facilities, accessing their devices, or logging into their websites.


Sentry Enterprises, the maker of the SentryCard biometric platform today announced that Genetec Inc. will begin reselling the SentryCard globally as of November 30, 2021. SentryCard was built for organizations seeking an indisputable assurance of who is entering their facilities, accessing their devices, or logging into their websites.

“The SentryCard has the potential to be a game-changing platform, empowering our enterprise clients with the proof-of-identity they desire while mitigating the common privacy and hygiene risks associated with other fingerprint biometric solutions,” said Francois Brouillet, Product Line Manager at Genetec.

The SentryCard is the first open-architected biometric platform, in the form factor of a credit card, built to address the security requirements of Information and Operational Technology, as well as Physical Security; providing multi-factor biometric proof-of-identity for building and systems access. SentryCard is now available through the Genetec resellers, integrators, and certified channel partners on a global basis.

“As Sentry Enterprises continues to expand its presence in the global security and identity markets, we could not ask for a better resale partnership than with Genetec,” said John Calzaretta, President at Sentry Enterprises.

About Sentry Enterprises
Sentry Enterprises is a U.S.-based manufacturer with expertise in creating ultra-thin microelectronic security devices. The company offers a proprietary and patented platform focused on providing proof-positive identification whether accessing a building or computing network. Sentry Enterprises’ solution solves for numerous risks facing today’s enterprises, from biometric authentication to privacy, contact tracing, and hygiene issues.

For more information about Sentry Enterprises, please visit http://www.sentryenterprises.com or contact John Calzaretta at calz@sentryenterprises.com

About Genetec
Genetec Inc. is an innovative technology company with a broad solutions portfolio that encompasses security, intelligence, and operations. The company’s flagship product, Security Center, is an open-architecture platform that unifies IP-based video surveillance, access control, automatic license plate recognition (ALPR), communications, and analytics. Genetec also develops cloud-based solutions and services designed to improve security, and contribute new levels of operational intelligence for governments, enterprises, transport, and the communities in which we live. Founded in 1997, and headquartered in Montréal, Canada, Genetec serves its global customers via an extensive network of resellers, integrators, certified channel partners, and consultants in over 80 countries.