Entrust and Slovenia to demonstrate interoperability during ePassports EAC
Conformity & Interoperability Tests in Prague
DALLAS, Sept. 9 /CNW/ -- After successful deployment of their
first-generation ePassport solution in 2006, Slovenia again has selected
Entrust, Inc. (Nasdaq: ENTU) to facilitate their government's migration to a
second-generation ePassport solution based on the Extended Access Control
(EAC) standard. With this, Slovenia becomes one of the first countries in the
world to announce its migration to second generation ePassports.
"Entrust proved to be an invaluable partner and advisor during our
implementation of the first phase of ePassports in 2006; leveraging their
expertise for our second-generation transition was an easy decision," said
Dusan Kricej, Deputy Director General at the Slovenian Ministry of Public
Administration. "Entrust is a leader in the public key infrastructure (PKI)
technology that helps strengthen and secure the foundation of our ePassport
environment, and we're eager to realize the capabilities of this
second-generation ePassport standard."
Slovenia's second-generation ePassport capabilities, which will be
integrated by technology partner S&T, represent one of the core components of
the country's citizen-centric e-government. Their e-government services enable
secure time-stamping capabilities and helps provide secure applications for
tax filing, vehicle registration, online establishment of companies, birth and
marriage certificate requests, change of address certifications and many
"The increased security of the second generation of ePassports raises the
bar for border security and the integrity of the document itself, truly making
sure criminals cannot impersonate a genuine document," said Entrust Chairman,
President and Chief Executive Officer Bill Conner. "Powering the security
foundation that undergirds EAC passports -- ensuring the PKI is scalable,
reliable and has the performance required to manage the mass exchange of
digital certificates -- is the key role Entrust plays."
Much like Slovenia, countries are now beginning to evolve their ePassport
programs to a second-generation framework that includes capabilities for EAC.
European Union (EU) member countries will be required to add biometric data to
machine-readable travel documents (MRTDs) with the information protected
through the EAC scheme by June 2009.
"Slovenia recognized the importance of leveraging a proven EAC ePassport
solution that is both scalable and reliable," said Neill Duff, Snr. VP and
General Manager of EMEA for Entrust. "As a proponent of e-government
capabilities, Slovenia continues to partner with Entrust to help prevent
criminal organizations from accessing and using biometric information on
ePassports to illegally cross borders."
The terrorists of 9/11 used compromised passports to cross borders while
traveling into the United States. The result was the need for a more secure
passport. For moving to electronic passports, the International Civil Aviation
Organization (ICAO) touted two primary goals: to ensure a forged or modified
passport could not be used to cross borders; to prevent a criminal from
impersonating the identity contained on a genuine passport.
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. The Entrust solution provides the digital
signatures on BAC ePassports that prevent a cloned or modified passport, when
it is properly processed, from being used to cross a border.
The second generation of ePassports, based on the EAC standard, 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.
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 enhances ePassports security to permit access by border
stations with proper authentication, but not by criminals who may seek access
to the data for purposes of manipulation or impersonation
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.
Having been actively involved in security for ePassports from the
formative stages of the technology, Entrust has the expertise to assist
countries in migrating from BAC to EAC ePassports seamlessly. Working with
leading system integrators, Entrust also has unprecedented interoperability to
work between these systems and verify the integrity and proper access to the
credentials is secure.
Entrust has a long history of providing security software and services to
government agencies across the world. Entrust provides security solutions for
e-government and national security initiatives in more than 30 countries
worldwide. Government agencies are leveraging the flexible and scalable
solutions that Entrust offers to secure transactions and information
internally and with citizens, businesses, suppliers and contractors.
The top e-governments in the world rely on Entrust. As ranked by
Accenture, the top six e-governments in the world, including Singapore,
Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, Denmark, Sweden and Norway, use
Entrust solutions to protect sensitive information and enable secure online
services. According to September 2007 results of annual measurement of the
European Commission, which evaluate the development of e-services in the EU
member states, Slovenia showed excellent progress in its move from seventh to
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. Optional components help organizations manage the
entire lifecycle of PKI certificates. Approximately 1,000 government and
commercial organizations have purchased Entrust PKI solutions since Entrust
brought the first PKI to market in the 1990s.
With a population of more than 2 million, the Republic of Slovenia boasts
a gross national product of approximately $48 billion. As the first of the 10
new members to join the European Union in 2004, Slovenia also adopted the Euro
as its official currency in January 2007, making it the 13th country to join
the European monetary union. Slovenia was also the first among new EU member
states that successfully held the EU Council Presidency in the first half of
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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