Government

Citizen Authentication and Mobility

State governments, municipalities and other local agencies can sometimes struggle with authenticating their citizens, particularly in an increasingly mobile world. Effective identity and access management is vital to protecting sensitive data but must be balanced against the need for citizens to have access to their own information.

How Polycarbonate is Creating More Secure Passport Datapages

Passport technology is changing from the paper of the past. In the last 15 years, more than 150 countries have moved to a highly secure electronic passport that uses an inlay to support a microcontroller chip. Still, the strongest trend in passports is a polycarbonate (PC) datapage. As of today, more than 40 countries have upgraded their travel documents from the standard paper-and-laminate datapage to a PC one. This technology comes with a few challenges—and many benefits. Let’s take a look at some common questions surrounding PC.

When It Comes to Security Features, Less Is More

Identity documents have come a long way since their introduction in 1414 by King Henry V of England, as part of the Safe Conduct Act. For the next 500 years, various proofs of identity emerged but most people didn't need to carry one. The need to use identity documents not only for identifying but also authenticating the holder of the document became apparent during the first year of World War I with the Lody spy scandal.

Approaches to Identity and Access Management for Local Governments, Employees and Citizens

Identity and access management (IAM) is top-of-mind for IT departments across state governments, municipalities, and other local areas. Government employees need properly-authorized access to relevant information so that state and regional agencies can perform their roles. At the same time, the need to balance ease-of-access to data with the sensitivity of information about individuals, organizations, and other parties is critical.

Many Small Steps to Enhanced Passport Security

The real value of security components

A huge number of people cross borders every hour, many of them by air. If you consult flight radar apps, where one can follow every airplane currently in the air, air traffic is sometimes so heavy that you are not even able to spot a patch of sky amongst flight paths. It is estimated by the International Aviation Trade Association (IATA) that the number of travelers will double in the next twenty years. The world is becoming a smaller place.

Why Governments Should Consider Private Sector Verification Needs When Introducing Digital ID

Digital identity is more than a buzzword in the government business. It is almost reality. More than 10 pilot projects and a small number of live projects are currently running worldwide, mainly around digital driving licenses. But what do we mean when we talk about digital identity? Is it just a digitalized identity document that is accessible on a smart phone? This would not make it any different from a conventional physical document, so why bother at all investing in such a project?

When It Comes to a Digital ID, Where Is the Safest Place for a Citizen's Data?

Today, a small number of citizens around the world are lucky enough to use digital IDs thanks to a handful of governments that have put these programs in place. For many others, digital ID is just around the corner. Nevertheless, the decision to go for a digital ID program implicates many decisions that a government must make during the process. An example of one such vital decision is where the data of the citizens will be stored.

Integrated Security Features Reduce the Risks of Paper Documents

As he waits to travel outside the EU, a man stands in the border control line to get his passport checked. He is a bit nervous, but his passport does not take any longer to get checked than the passport of the traveller before him. The border control officer takes a quick look at the security features on the polycarbonate data page and the security thread, the data is read from the MRZ and we’re done. Next one, please!

HID Global Showcases the Latest Evolution in Identity & Access Management for Government Organizations

The Securing Federal Identity event will take place in Washington, D.C. on June 5-6, 2018. This event is a great opportunity to hear from government and industry experts about the latest trends in digital identities and how they affect Federal Agencies.

HID Global is privileged to again be a Platinum sponsor for this event. HID will have experts on hand to walk you through our industry-leading secure identity solutions, and offer a sneak- preview of some newer solutions that are still under wraps.

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