ePassport leaders help governments move toward EAC standard by providing
ePassport readers, PKI technology in a single platform
DALLAS, Sept. 10 /CNW/ -- As ePassport technology continues to be adopted
by countries around the globe, many seek a method to deploy border security
capabilities in an efficient, cost-effective manner. In response, Entrust,
Inc. (Nasdaq: ENTU) and 3M (NYSE: MMM) announce a partnership to provide an
integrated end-to-end secure ePassport solution, which provides the necessary
components to implement Basic Access Control (BAC) and Extended Access Control
(EAC) ePassport security, while also securing the surrounding data and
"As two of the world's leading ePassport experts, this collaboration is
an important achievement as we help global governments deploy first-generation
or migrate to second-generation ePassports," said Rich Sanders, business
manager, 3M Security Systems Division. "Entrust is a pioneer in ePassport
encryption technology and this agreement strengthens both of our ePassport
offerings by providing interested governments a single, interoperable source
for a comprehensive ePassport solution."
With technical integration already complete, Entrust and 3M will offer an
integrated end-to-end secure ePassport solution. A global leader in the public
key infrastructure technology, Entrust PKI secures the world's top
e-government environments, as well as supports the two largest ePassport
deployments in the world.
"The partnership is a fundamental step toward helping governments
efficiently secure their borders by leveraging a proven ePassport solution
that is not only reliable, but scalable," said Entrust Chairman, President and
Chief Executive Officer, Bill Conner. "3M is an innovator in ePassport reader
technology; Entrust has long been the champion of public key infrastructure,
particularly for use in government and government-to-citizen environments.
This is a natural partnership that will help global governments usher in the
EAC standard in the coming years."
The Entrust-3M partnership was praised by Brussels Interoperability Group
(BIG) chairman Bob Carter. BIG is a Technical Working Group established by the
European Union (EU) "Article 6 Committee." The group's purpose is to resolve
the problems of interoperability among electronic passports of EU and Schengen
states for the European implementation of EAC.
"With national security a priority among governments in Europe and around
the globe, it's exciting to see leaders in the ePassport and eID security
space such as 3M and Entrust collaborating to provide interoperable security
solutions," said Carter. "Such collaboration will be critical to the efficient
rollout of border control systems to meet the EAC specifications."
BIG set the standard for EAC, which is the second generation of
ePassports and allows governments to leverage a stronger biometric that is
more difficult to impersonate on the RFID chip, typically a fingerprint or
iris scan. EAC ePassports also require the encryption of the chip contents;
even if a criminal has the ability to impersonate the enhanced biometric,
access to the chip contents is denied with encryption.
Labeled as Phase 2, EAC requirements imply a significant jump in the need
for technical cooperation and interoperability between nations. Entrust and 3M
have mature underlying technology to provide stability and scalability within
this advanced ePassport technology.
"With the European Union's deadline for adopting EAC less than a year
away, governments should begin implementing or evolving their ePassport
strategies today," said Conner. "Now that advanced EAC ePassport technology
can be implemented via an integrated, comprehensive platform, governments can
expedite the process of providing stronger security for their passports, save
money and instill trust among citizens."
Because of the stringent access controls of the second-generation
ePassports, the PKI requirements are much higher, demanding a vendor that can
provide scalability, reliability and unprecedented performance. It is this PKI
foundation that helps ensure ePassports can be accessed at border stations
with proper authentication, but not by criminals who may seek access to the
data for purposes of manipulation or impersonation.
Created to mitigate passport forgery, first-generation ePassports use a
Basic Access Control (BAC) RFID chip containing a simple biometric (usually a
photo of the individual) along with the identity information of an individual
duplicated on the paper document. Entrust provides the digital signatures on
BAC ePassports that help prevent a cloned or modified passport, when it is
properly processed, from being used to cross a border.
The ICAO targets global adoption of Phase 1 for ePassports -- commonly
known as BAC -- by 2015. Initial ePassport projects typically standardize on
BAC, which is in production in Europe and many parts of the world. Entrust
provides security for the BAC ePassports of a number of top e-governments in
the world, including the United States, United Kingdom, Slovenia, Singapore,
Taiwan and New Zealand.
Entrust Authority 8.0 for ePassports, one of Entrust's proven PKI
platforms, provides cryptographic architecture that enables trust of
ePassports between countries. Modular and fully integrated, the Entrust
Authority PKI portfolio is built on the foundation of Entrust Authority
Security Manager, the certification authority (CA) system responsible for
issuing and managing users' digital identities. Approximately 1,000 government
and commercial organizations have purchased Entrust PKI solutions since
Entrust introduced its first PKI.
A recognized leader in research and development, 3M produces thousands of
innovative products for dozens of diverse markets. 3M's core strength is
applying its more than 40 distinct technology platforms -- often in
combination -- to a wide array of customer needs. With $24 billion in sales,
3M employs 79,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 60
countries. For more information, visit us at http://www.3M.com.
Entrust (Nasdaq: ENTU) secures digital identities and information for
consumers, enterprises and governments in more than 1,700 organizations
spanning 60 countries. Leveraging a layered security approach to address
growing risks, Entrust solutions help secure the most common digital identity
and information protection pain points in an organization. These include SSL,
authentication, fraud detection, shared data protection and e-mail security.
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