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Entrust Technology, Expertise Called on for Malaysian ePassport Project
Date:5/4/2010

and authentication of identities and biometric datasets on today's machine-readable travel documents (MRTDs).

"Secure border initiatives represents one of the most critical security undertakings for any government," said Entrust President and CEO Bill Conner. "The Malaysian government recognizes the value in not only deploying BAC ePassports, but doing so via a solution that will enable them to seamlessly adapt the EAC scheme when the time is right."

Facilitated by one of Malaysia's authorized certification authorities (CA), Digicert enables the Entrust ePassport solution to provide document-signing capabilities at the time a Malaysian ePassport is issued. Digicert is a leading local CA and their signed documents are legally recognized under Malaysian law.

In order to facilitate interoperability across countries, the ICAO has set global standards for ePassports. Since the ePassport contains sensitive personal information, the security and integrity of the ePassport are critical. As a result, two ePassport standards — BAC and EAC — help migrate countries from traditional paper-based travel documents.

Created to mitigate passport forgery, first-generation ePassports use a BAC RFID chip containing a simple biometric — usually a digitized photo of the individual — along with the digitized identity information of an individual duplicated on the paper document. Entrust provides the digital signature on BAC ePassports that is designed to help prevent a cloned or modified passport, when it is properly processed, from being used to illegally cross a border.

The second generation of ePassports, the EAC standard allows governments to leverage a stronger biometric that makes impersonation of the legitimate document-holder more difficu
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