Advanced digital certificates help secure new biometrics to be stored on
next evolution of e-passports
DALLAS, Oct. 1 /CNW/ -- Domestic and global security threats, coupled
with rapidly emerging standards and technology, are leading governments across
the world to pursue the issuance of more sophisticated machine readable travel
documents (MRTDs) to their citizens. Entrust, Inc. (Nasdaq: ENTU), a leader in
e-passport deployment and innovation, has announced the development of public
key infrastructure (PKI) for the next generation of e-passport security, also
known as Extended Access Control (EAC).
"Because we already help secure e-passports and national ID cards for
governments around the world, it's only natural that Entrust plays a vital
role in the development of this next level of e-passport technology," said
Entrust Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Bill Conner. "As part
of a layered security approach, Entrust PKI solutions help increase security,
improve efficiency and promote cost-effectiveness to enable a more
EAC provides a higher level of security during the verification process
of e-passports. Not based on the X.509 standard, EAC will leverage a new type
of certificate established by the International Civil Aviation Organization
(ICAO) known as a card verifiable (CV) certificate. Entrust is actively
participating in the technical groups working on the new CV standard,
including attending the Brussels Interoperability Group (BIG) meeting this
week in Paris, France.
These next-generation e-passports will be required by all member European
Union (EU) nations by June 2009. Deployment mandates for the U.S. have yet to
The initial e-passport generation uses Basic Access Control (BAC), which
features passive and optional active authentication, and is in production in
many parts of the world. Unmatched in PKI deployment experience, Entrust
provides BAC e-passport security for a number of top e-governments in the
world, including the U.S., U.K., Slovenia, Singapore and New Zealand.
"The Government of Slovenia began issuing e-passports in August 2006 and
is rapidly incorporating EAC into our systems and processes," said Vladimir
Logofetov, Secretary, Information Services Division, Interior Ministry of
Slovenia. "We are happy to have the assistance of S&T Slovenija and Entrust in
this effort as we increase the security of e-passports for our citizens."
E-passport travel documents contain an electronic chip -- smart card or
RFID -- that stores information that can be verified against the data on the
passport as well as against the individual. Because of the sensitivity of this
personal information (e.g., digitized photographs, fingerprints or other
biometrics) the security and integrity of e-passports are critical. To protect
these assets, PKI is an integral technology for the security and verification
infrastructure of e-passports.
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.
If you'd like to experience the benefits of the next-generation
e-passports, visit our interactive EAC demonstration at
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,
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