Advanced digital certificates help secure new biometrics to be stored on
next evolution of e-passports
DALLAS, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- 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 citizen-centric government."
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
|SOURCE Entrust, Inc.|
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