Passport security features: 2018 report Anatomy of a secure travel document

You’ll probably agree that designing a passport that protects against current and future attacks represents today a major challenge for national printers and public authorities.

The threats posed by fraudsters are now as broad as they are serious.

In response, numerous technological developments have emerged. But harnessing them into a single effective strategy can prove a real headache.

The good news is that the resistance of your passport can be increased dramatically, using a series of field-proven and cost-effective techniques. The key lies in a unique global methodology for passport security design, developed in collaboration with our most advanced customers worldwide.

In this article, we’ll explain the five main methods of attack used by fraudsters.

Then outline our seven step guide to addressing them.

But before that, here’s a quick reminder….

For citizens, passports protect their identities and are the best proof of ID they have.

Passport security features

The five major passport fraud techniques – and how to deal with them

Now for the bad news.

Passports and ePassports are not immune to attack. Increasing use of microprocessor technology has raised the bar but not put off the fraudsters. They have simply become more sophisticated. To ensure robust protection, authorities must focus on the design and processes when creating their new national travel documents.

So where should we begin?

The first task is to establish a customer-specific threat profile. This should be based on known threats.

Just as important is good collaboration at the security design stage between the customer and supplier. Above all else this should ensure that the new passport is protected properly against the five main threats.

 

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