At interoperability testing event in Prague, Entrust to demonstrate EAC
DALLAS, Sept. 8 /CNW/ -- As the preferred security provider to nine of
the top 10 global e-governments, Entrust, Inc. (Nasdaq: ENTU) will demonstrate
its most interoperable and scalable public key infrastructure (PKI) supporting
second-generation ePassports at the ePassports EAC Conformity &
Interoperability Tests Sept. 7-12 in Prague, Czech Republic.
A key event in the evolution of ePassports, Entrust plans to illustrate
interoperability with leading ePassport integrators, including 3M, G.E.T. and
L-1. Entrust, a proven leader in PKI infrastructure and implementation,
provides ePassport solutions that are not only reliable, but scalable to
address evolving needs and regulations.
"The technology requirements for Extended Access Control ePassports are
quite stringent," said Bob Carter, Chairman, Brussels Interoperability Group.
"Entrust's ability to scale PKI to meet these demands serves as a strong
foundation of trust for the entire ePassport system."
A pair of Entrust ePassport experts will present during the ePassports
EAC Conformity & Interoperability Tests. Entrust PKI product manager Mark
Joynes will deliver "Implications of Private Key Control on EAC Security" and
Entrust Vice President Neill Duff will illustrate the importance of EAC in
ePassport trust models with "EAC PKI: Creating Cross-Jurisdictional Trust."
"This event in Prague helps hurdle a key obstacle to deploying
second-generation ePassports -- interoperability," said Entrust Chairman,
President and Chief Executive Officer Bill Conner. "Successfully demonstrating
the scalability, reliability and performance needed to undergird the PKI
security foundation for ePassports is a role Entrust is pleased to play for
countries moving to EAC passports."
Countries are now beginning to evolve their ePassport programs to a
second-generation framework that includes capabilities for Extended Access
Control (EAC). European Union (EU) member countries will be required to add
fingerprint data to machine readable travel documents (MRTDs) with the
biometric information protected through the EAC scheme by June 2009.
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. Entrust provides the digital signatures on
BAC ePassports to help 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 EAC, 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
"The additional security measures in EAC ePassports provide more
assurance that biometric data is properly encrypted and that criminals will
not be able to impersonate the identity contained on a genuine passport," said
Dr. Tim Moses, advanced principal and PKI expert for Entrust. "We applaud the
EU for mandating the move to EAC ePassports as they will severely limit
criminal organizations' ability to forge documents and cross borders
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 allows ePassports data to be accessed at border stations with
proper authentication and to be denied by criminals who may seek access to the
data for purposes of manipulation or impersonation.
"The technology in the new ePassports coming out in less than a year
sufficiently addresses the privacy concerns that have haunted the
first-generation, RFID-enabled passports," said Carter. "Entrust has worked
hard to ensure this new ePassport meets the requirements of a very demanding
system, and we look forward to rolling this out to our citizens."
Entrust provides security for the BAC ePassports used by 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 ability to migrate
countries from BAC to EAC ePassports seamlessly. Working with leading system
integrators, Entrust also has unprecedented interoperability to work between
these systems and ensure the integrity and proper access to the credentials is
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
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