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Cybertrust leverages local PKI win for global tenders

Cybertrust leverages local PKI win for global tenders

After developing a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) solution for one of Australia's largest biometric projects, Cybertrust is set to leverage that experience to win similar contracts overseas.

The company, which is the amalgamation of BeTrusted and TruSecure, developed a solution for Australia's e-Passport project, which was designed to meet International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards.

The biometric passports, which are compulsory for all travellers that are part of the US visa waiver program, will be in circulation next year as part of an October 2005 deadline.

Cybertrust CEO Paul O'Rourke said Australia's e-Passport scheme is an example of a successful border security and identity management project.

"The PKI technology used in the scheme was developed locally and the team now has the security knowledge and experience necessary to go after e-Passport tenders around the world," he said.

For the Australian ePassport, biographical information and a digital photograph will be marked with the government's "key" and burnt onto a chip within the passport.

Customs staff will use specialized readers to access the data and signatures will be compared against those on the ICAO's central directory. Australia is only one of the 27 countries involved in the visa-waiver program.

Cybertrust chief technologist Peter Tippett said the biometric system is not infallible, but will allow for safer and faster travelling.

Tippett said digital signatures on the chip are secure unlike paper passports which are easily forged.


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