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Public Key Infrastructure for electronic ID documents (eIDs)

By adding electronic and biometric data to ID documents, new security-relevant requirements arise: the data stored on the chip must be protected from manipulation and forgery, on the one hand; on the other hand, by using adequate security-mechanisms it must be ensured that the data can only be accessed by people who are verifiably authorised to do so. To achieve this, various requirements and measures have been defined on an international level by the ICAO and on the European level by the EU. 

With its eID PKI Suite secunet provides software-modules that, as a whole, make up a high performance complete system for the Public Key Infrastructure of electronic ID documents and, at the same time, can be individually integrated into an existing system-architecture.

The two „worlds“ of the eID PKI

Even though all of the requirements for the protection of electronic data described above are based on Public Key Infrastructures (PKI), there are technical differences which need to be considered in the process of implementing these infrastructures: whereas the ICAO-PKI is based on the use of standardised X.509 certificates and certificate revocation lists and uses electronic signatures to protect authenticity and integrity of data, the EAC-PKI uses so-called Card Verifiable certificates (CV-certificates). This results from the particular requirements for the features of the chip in an electronic passport. The experts at secunet support you in developing a reliable solution which connects the various requirements in an optimum way.

The advantages of eID PKI Suite at a glance

  • It considers all important requirements for an eID PKI
  • Is flexible regarding the signature-components to be used and the management of certificates related to this
  • Supports all relevant standards and protocols


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