e-Document Physical Security Certification Initiative

The Secure Identity Alliance (SIA), the global identity and secure e-Services advisory body, announces the launch of a new initiative to help issuers and manufacturers evaluate the integrity and effectiveness of current and planned secure e-Document physical security design features.

With the current lack of a formal, industry-recognized evaluation process for design, this certification initiative will see the development of a much-needed ‘common criteria-like’ approach to the development of security features for passports, identity cards, driving licences and similar identity-based e-Documents.

The security risk-based scheme will analyse a wide variety of factors. It will identify threats, create different protection profiles based on the specific document, and evaluate effectiveness against detailed criteria. It will assess how widely security features are distributed across different parts of the document and the overall security design of the document.

The results will enable issuers and manufacturers to identify potential gaps, streamline their planning and development processes, and ensure the highest levels of document security.

“The integrity of today’s e-Documents is an issue at the very heart of government strategies to identify and protect its citizens,” says Frederic Trojani, Chairman of the Board, “As it stands today, and without a common and formal evaluation scheme, issuers risk long development cycles and potential exploitable gaps in e-Document security. Having established a clear need for consistency and maximum security, the initiative will provide considerable support throughout the design and manufacturing process.

“I call on all organizations responsible for the development of e-Documents to join the scheme to help us build a truly effective and common reference scheme.”

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