Kingdom sought trusted vendor for national ID project, e-government
to protect 27 million citizens
DALLAS, Dec. 11 /CNW/ -- The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's strategic
e-government initiative needed a strong security foundation to instill trust
in its more citizen-centric environment -- especially as it rolled out its new
national ID card initiative. To address this challenge, Saudi Arabia's
Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) standardized on
two solutions from Entrust, Inc. (Nasdaq: ENTU) in conjunction with Entrust
local partner Moammar Information Systems. MCIT will leverage Entrust
Authority PKI and Entrust Entelligence Messaging Server for encryption,
digital signatures and authentication capabilities to underpin its national ID
project, as well as secure e-mail.
"I am a firm believer in PKI as the best and most secure means of strong
authentication, which is essential to ensure the security of e-government and
other electronic systems holding important and confidential data," said Dr.
Fahad A. Al Hoymany, the Minister's Advisor for IT and Director of
E-Government Infrastructure for the Ministry of Communications and Information
Technology. "I am also delighted to be working with Entrust, a foremost
supplier of this type of technology, in building the infrastructure at the
heart of Saudi Arabia's continuing move into the information age."
The Entrust solutions form the security foundation for three national
projects and more than 150 e-services MCIT has planned through 2010. In the
near term, the national ID will serve as a base certificate, which will be
used for all e-government initiatives and other official purposes in the
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for both citizens and businesses. The Saudi Arabian
e-government budget also calls for the development of several major
infrastructure projects, including a G2G portal and data center.
"For secure national ID cards, MCIT understood it needed both digital
certificates to evidence authenticity, as well as encryption to protect the
information stored on the cards," said Entrust Chairman, President and Chief
Executive Officer Bill Conner. "This layered security approach will help serve
the needs of their citizens, while concurrently providing secure channels of
communication and collaboration in a seamless, non-intrusive manner."
Using Entrust Authority Security Manager, the MCIT root certification
authority (CA) also will supply a root CA to the Defence Information
Infrastructure to create a single efficient information infrastructure.
Entrust Authority Security Manager, a world-leading PKI, is designed to
manage the digital keys and certificates that make up the digital identities
used to transparently automate security-related processes in an organization.
As an organization's certification authority system, the platform can help
enable the use of digital signature, digital receipt, encryption and
permissions management services across a wide variety of applications and
Entrust Entelligence Messaging Server 9.0 provides secure e-mail
capabilities for sending encrypted e-mail communication both inside and
outside the organizations.
Entrust (Nasdaq: ENTU) secures digital identities and information for
consumers, enterprises and governments in 1,650 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. For information,
call 888-690-2424, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.entrust.com.
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