Border controls get faster

French Digital security firm Keynectis has announced its revultionary new product for verifying electronic passports.

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Border controls get faster Keynectic works in conjunction with the French government to check the authenticity of issued passports.
By  ITP.net Staff Writer Published  October 19, 2010

French Digital security firm Keynectis has announced its revultionary new product for verifying electronic passports. The national Public Key Directory (nPKD) system allows border officials the chance to quickly check the authenticity of a passport’s smart chip, or electronic national seal. The directory runs in conjunction with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) which issues electronic passports.

The national Public Key Directory (nPKD) works with a list of ‘national electronic seals’ prevalent on modern passports, issued by member countries of the International Civil Aviation Organization creating the ICAO PKD. For each electronic passport scanned at an airport, the border control system can consult Keynectis’ nPKD software to check that the seal embedded on the password is on the lists of seals published by the issuing country of the passport in question.

The new product, comprising a range of security software allowing government agencies and businesses to manage identities. This means that border officials can check for a range of possible scenarios, including that the chip has not been damaged or broken through misuse. They can also check that the chip itself is authentic.

Keynectis has also enjoyed a boost to the profile of its public key infrastructure (PKI) software suite Sequoia, which has been certified Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 4 Augmented (CC EAL4+) – which is the  highest mark achievable – by ANSSI (Agence Nationale de la Securite des Systemmes d’Information) in France.

“A high security public key infrastructure is essential for the development of public trust in e-government,” says Vice-Admiral Michael Benedittini, deputy director general of the ANSSI agency. “The CC EAL4+ certification provided by the Keynectis PKI software suite proves its high level of security and its overall ability to meet the very stringent requirements of the French government.”

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