Below you will find an alphabetical listing including definitions of key terms.
If you need clarification regarding a key BIOWRAP term or the meaning of certain language used about the BIOWRAP System that you do not see below, please email one of our Solutions Experts
Access Rights Management
All information is not created equally and requires various levels of access controls. BIOWRAP allows a user to define a range of confidentiality access rights.
Access Right: Alliance
Only members of a company, credentialed group or affiliation can gain access.
Access Right: Biometric
Only those that present their biometric can access the file.
Access Right: Personal File
BIOWRAP encrypted file can only be viewed by the Registered User that created the file.
Access Right: PKI certificate
Only those with a valid digital certificate can access this file.
Access Right: Security Code
Only those with the Security Code or password defined at creation can gain access.
Access Right: Username / Password access
Requires the Reader to enter a valid BIOWRAP username and password. This is only valid in the Reader application and prompts the Reader to enter their BIOWRAP username and password.
Customizable accountability reports automatically provide detailed information for all activity associated with your sensitive electronic information.
Serve to strengthen any professional organization; Alliance Administrators can create trusted networks of individuals. An easy-to-use management console allows the Administrator to add or remove members. Group members can create BIOWRAP encrypted files that only Alliance Group members can access.
Alliance Group Administrator
Administrative body that sets and manages the criteria of an Alliance Group.
The act of confirming the identity of a person.
Authentication - BIOWRAP Identity
Creating encrypted files has never been easier, simply register online for your free BIOWRAP identity.
Authentication - People not Passwords™
Biometric multiple factor is the most trusted form of authentication and is achieved through in-person identity proofing by a screened and credentialed agent. This one-time session provides NATION customers with a nontransferable certified biometric identity that only one individual can use.
Authentication - PKI certificate
The BIOWRAP solution recognizes x509 PKI certificate authentication to create BIOWRAP encrypted files.
Information is live and requires immediate access. Recipients that do not meet the access requirements (or even if they lost the Security Code) can still gain access to the encrypted file by requesting access directly from the creator of the file. This confidential real-time request is approved or rejected by the creator of the file without ever displaying any information about the creator.
The use of measurable, biological characteristics such as fingerprint or iris patterns to identify a person.
Biometric Identity Record
A unique record associated with the People not Passwords™ users and comprised of the user’s username, password and fingerprint.
The guide of measurable characteristics unique to each finger that the system uses to identify a valid fingerprint.
The BioScanner is a proprietary fingerprint reader used to authenticate a user’s People not Passwords™ identity when creating a BIOWRAP encrypted file.
BIOWRAP Encrypted File
BIOWRAP file encryption allows users to protect any electronic information, designate retention rights and specify precisely who is authorized to gain access.
A central web management console allows users to easily generate customized Accountability Reports and manage retention rights.
Encrypted files are stamped with the level of authentication used to perform the encryption. Supported identities include biometric, x509 PKI certificates and username/password.
BIOWRAP encrypted files can be securely transmitted in any form, including but not limited to: email attachment, CD, DVD, Flash Drive. Simplified decryption is publicly available in the form of a Reader application, web-based Reader and web-service integration. If all confidentiality (access) requirements are met, the Reader can then access the original unaltered file and view the identity of the Writer and a date/time stamp of origination.
All activity (including unauthorized access attempts) associated with the BIOWRAP encrypted file are logged in the Writer’s Accountability Report. Real-time notifications can be set per file.
The BIOWRAP Reader provides authorized individuals with easy access to a BIOWRAP encrypted file, granted that the confidentiality requirements are met.
The BIOWRAP Reader application is free software available for download.
The BIOWRAP website Reader represents a web-based free service for gaining access to encrypted information the user is authorized to access. NATION Technologies deployed the dedicated BIOWRAP Reader in website form to broaden the acceptance of BIOWRAP files, as access only requires domain approval (permission to visit the website).
Web Service integration
The BIOWRAP Reader Web Service can be integrated into existing document process flow platforms to seamlessly access BIOWRAP encrypted files.
The BIOWRAP Writer allows a user to easily create secure and authenticated electronic files with the user’s identity record (biometric, x509 PKI certificate or username/password). To operate, the user simply selects an electronic file (of any type), logs in and saves the file in encrypted form - BIOWRAP file. At the point of encryption, the user may specify any combination of confidentiality access rights or file retention rights.
The BIOWRAP Writer application is free software available for download. Only registered BIOWRAP users can create encrypted files.
The BIOWRAP website Writer represents a zero foot-print service for encrypting all types of electronic information.
Web Service integration
The BIOWRAP Writer Web Service can be integrated into existing document process flow platforms, to seamlessly and non-invasively create BIOWRAP encrypted files.
BIOWRAP Central Service
The BIOWRAP Central Service provides authentication, encryption key generation, and management services, and also serves as a trusted third-party identity management system for all BIOWRAP encrypted files and the individuals who have authorized access. The software technology used to implement the layers of protection includes the following elements: secure communication between the client applications and the Central Service; layered encryption; proprietary key management; information obfuscation; biometric signature generation; and encryption based application security. These security elements in the technology ensure that each BIOWRAP encrypted file is both authentic, and unaltered.
Privacy: Customer privacy is very important to NATION Technologies, that is why we DO NOT store encrypted files, files to be encrypted, user passwords or even passwords used to protect files. All sensitive data in the BIOWRAP Server database is encrypted and securely stored - including each user’s personal contact information, credential information, biometric templates and other important data.
The BIOWRAP Central Service may also be deployed on any public, private or separate network in a closed configuration. In other words, a given public or private entity may operate its own version of the BIOWRAP Central Service and configure the BIOWRAP Writer and BIOWRAP Reader to communicate with only that version.
The BIOWRAP file extension, .BMS, is recognized by all major file extension registries. Individuals in receipt of a BIOWRAP encrypted file that do not already have access to the BIOWRAP Reader are directed to a dedicated website (https://mybiowrap.com
) for registration and simplified access to the encrypted file.
The process the BIOWRAP Reader does to convert the file from computer data into a readable file.
The process of converting computer data and messages into something incomprehensible that can only be unscrambled by a specific program.
A file can be any word processing document, spreadsheet, PDF document, graphic image, application (.exe) or any other computer generated electronic format.
File Expiration Management
File expiration management offers real-time functionality to change the lifespan of an active file, expire an active file (prevent future access), and also reactivate expired files.
When a file (.PDF. .PSD, DOCX, .JPG, .INDD, etc.) is removed from BIOWRAP protection you can confirm that the original file has not been changed and is authentic through any of the free BIOWRAP Readers.
A string of characters (code/password) that is given to a Group member during the purchasing process so that the pre-determined standards of the BIOWRAP System are bundled during checkout. A Group Code is NOT mandatory to complete the purchase. This password would have been given to a user by a Group Administrator.
Coordination of all keys used for encryption and decryption operations required during the processing of a file.
To make something obscure or unclear, especially by making it unnecessarily complicated.
An individual who has performed the online registration and activated their BIOWRAP account.
Through the application of NATION’s patented remote biometric authentication service, People not Passwords™, an individual can now biometrically authenticate and secure any electronic information. NATION achieves this high standard of authentication by utilizing anestablished nationwide network of screened, credentialedand trainedidentity verification agents. These agents, known as Registrars, perform the service of physically verifying the identity of every new BIOWRAP customer.