Much like Finland, countries are now beginning to evolve their ePassport programs to a second-generation framework that includes capabilities for EAC. European Union (EU) Member States will be required to add fingerprint data to machine-readable travel documents (MRTDs) with the information protected through the EAC scheme by or before the June 2009 deadline.
The second generation of ePassports, based on EAC, allows governments to leverage a stronger biometric (typically a fingerprint or iris scan) that is more difficult to impersonate. They require the passport reader to authenticate itself to the passport chip, thereby preventing "skimming," the practice of an unauthorized reader interrogating the chip and extracting sensitive personal information. EAC ePassports also strengthen the encryption of the communication between the chip and the reader; thereby preventing eavesdropping of the passport data.
Because of the requirement for the passport chip to authenticate the reader, 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 to be read at border stations, but not by criminals who may seek access to the data for purposes of manipulation or impersonation.
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. A
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