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Awards recognise outstanding achievements in secure ID documentation systems

Special awards have been made to those newly introduced personal ID document programmes that have demonstrated outstanding technical sophistication and the best in verification system infrastructure.

The Regional ID Document of the Year Awards form part of the industry’s High Security Printing EMEA Conference held recently in Malta and recognise the highest levels of achievement among Government passport and national identity card schemes.

Awards were made in three categories: Best New Passport, Best New National ID Card and Best New ID or Travel Document.  

The first award went to the Immigration Department of the Ministry of Home Affairs of Tanzania for the new Tanzanian ePassport. Tanzania recently moved from a machine-readable booklet to the phased implementation of a complete electronic immigration (or ‘eImmigration’) system. The passport is one component of a complete ‘end-to-end’ system solution to support citizen enrolment, adjudication, personalisation, issuance and authentication along with border control and eVisa systems.

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The new ePassport features a polycarbonate data page incorporating laser engraving technology, an optically variable feature and positive and negative embossing incorporating an MLI lens. The data page also carries an ICAO-compliant secure RFID microcontroller chip and operating system.

Other notable security printing features include end papers with duplex patterns and rainbow-split duct printing, as well as two colour intaglio printing incorporating a latent image and an optically variable print feature. Other features include the use of both visible and invisible inks, a Foredge registration feature and hidden page identifiers.

One of the benefits of the new ePassport solution is that the holder can have an emergency passport on their smart phone if their passport is stolen or lost in another country.

Best New National ID Card

In the Best New National ID Card category, the award went to the Police and Border Guard Board of Estonia, itself part of the Ministry of the Interior, for the new eID programme introduced in December last year.

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The new cards use Estonia’s own font and elements of its national brand and feature a colour photograph, a transparent window and an invisible secondary photograph that will only appear when viewed from an angle. One new detail is the inclusion of a QR code which will make it easier to check the validity of the ID card.

The new eID card integrates a chip that allows contactless use in the future once service providers start offering corresponding solutions (validating public transport trips, for example). The chip on the new card carries embedded files and uses 2048-bit public key encryption, allowing its use as definitive proof of ID in an electronic environment.

Best New ID or Travel Document

The final award, recognising the Best New ID and Travel Document, went to Germany’s Bundeskriminalamt, the Federal Criminal Police Office and Bundesdruckerei, the country’s state printer, for the new EU Visa sticker project.

As part of the EU Commission’s Action Plan to strengthen the EU response to travel document fraud, all European Union Member States will be introducing the new EU visa sticker. The project was a result of the collective work under the EU Article 6 Committee and associated sub-group on the development of an improved uniform format visa.

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The new EU sticker integrates improved chemical sensitisers, high level security background design, completely re-designed DOVID with improved features, improved intaglio inks and latent images, rip cuts and advanced UV elements.

Upgrade and secure personalisation

The sticker also has a ‘quiet zone’ reserved for a 2D barcode in order to upgrade and secure the personalisation of the sticker, which is seen as a good next step to incorporate digital security into the security document world.

The development project incorporates the distribution of a Best Practice Visa Kit and Technical Specification for 31 EU Member and Associate States. The Visa Kit and Technical Specification will also be used as Best Practice for the basis of the subsequent eResidence Permit Card Project.

*Further details of the High Security Printing EMEA Regional ID awards are available online here

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Europol hosts inaugural ‘Project Diamond’ Conference on jewellery theft and burglary

From Tuesday 17 January to Thursday 19 January, Europol hosted its first international conference on jewellery robbery and burglary under the banner ‘Project Diamond’. SaferGems – a joint initiative established by the British Security Industry Association, T.H. March Insurance Brokers and the National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) – was invited to deliver a presentation at the event, which took place at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague.

‘Project Diamond’ was initially created as a follow-up to ‘Project Pink Panther’, which was initiated by Interpol back in 2007 in an effort to assist law enforcement around the world in apprehending members of the international network of jewellery thieves that had originated from the Western Balkans.

Interpol’s project ended last year, and it was then decided that ‘Project Diamond’ would be more extensive in its focus, targeting criminal networks involved in jewellery robberies and burglaries from Europe as well as the Baltic Sea and Western Black Sea areas.

In attendance were over 70 experts from nearly all of the EU Member States, as well as other representatives from third parties from Europe, Asia and the Americas, including private jewellery and watch companies.

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Intelligence officer Lee Henderson represented SaferGems, an initiative sponsored by the NAJ and T.H. March Insurance that co-ordinates data on jewellery crime and facilitates information sharing between jewellers, pawnbrokers and the police. At the event, Henderson delivered a presentation about the background of SaferGems, crime trends and statistics, the SaferGems Watch Register and the initiative’s success stories.

Positive support and feedback

“The presentation was very well received by the experts in attendance and raised many questions from the audience,” stated Henderson. “We also received positive support and feedback from our colleagues that attended on behalf of the Metropolitan Police Service and the West Midlands Police.”

The project comes at a vital time, with the EU facing increased trends in jewellery robbery and burglaries. It has been reported by Europol that these criminals are becoming more violent in their tactics, using heavy vehicles in order to infiltrate jewellery stores and putting the lives of customers and staff at risk.

The aim of the conference was to harness the existing knowledge and expertise of attendees in order to discuss the best ways in which to fight this rising tide of crime.

Given the increased trends in jewellery robbery and burglaries, the conference came at a crucial time and provided SaferGems with an opportunity to share information and intelligence with police officers from the New York Police Department, The Garda, Federal Police Belgium, Organised Crime Finland and Antwerp Diamond District.

Henderson concluded: “As a result of our participation in the conference, law enforcement agencies from across the world are now more aware of the capabilities of the SaferGems initiative and the successes that it continues to have.”

*For more information on the SaferGems initiative visit: https://www.safergems.org.uk/

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Cyber Europe 2014: ‘Biggest ever cyber security exercise in Europe’ states ENISA

Today, more than 200 organisations and 400 cyber security professionals from 29 European countries are testing their readiness to counter cyber attacks in a day-long simulation exercise organised by the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA).

During the course of Cyber Europe 2014, experts from the public and private sectors including cyber security agencies, national Computer Emergency Response Teams, ministries, telecoms companies, energy firms, financial institutions and Internet Service Providers will be testing their procedures and capabilities against a life-like, large-scale cyber security scenario.

#CyberEurope2014 is the largest and most complex exercise of this nature organised in Europe. More than 2,000 separate cyber incidents will be dealt with, including Denial of Service attacks to online services, intelligence and media reports on cyber attack operations, website defacements (attacks that change a website’s appearance), ex-filtration of sensitive information, attacks on critical infrastructure (such as energy or telecoms networks) and the testing of EU co-operation and escalation procedures.

This is a distributed exercise involving several exercise centres across Europe and co-ordinated by a central exercise Control Centre.

More than 200 organisations and 400 cyber security professionals across Europe join forces today during the first phase of ENISA’s bi-annual cyber security exercise designated Cyber Europe 2014

More than 200 organisations and 400 cyber security professionals across Europe join forces today during the first phase of ENISA’s bi-annual cyber security exercise designated Cyber Europe 2014

Speaking about today’s event, European Commission vice-president Neelie Kroes commented: “The sophistication and volume of cyber attacks are increasing every day. These attacks cannot be countered if individual states work alone or just a handful of them act together. I’m pleased that EU and EFTA Member States are working alongside the EU institutions with ENISA bringing them all together. It’s only this kind of common effort that will help keep today’s economies and societies fully protected.”

Professor Udo Helmbrecht (ENISA’s executive director) added: “Five years ago there were no procedures in place to drive co-operation between EU Member States during a cyber crisis. Today, we have the procedures in place on a collective basis to mitigate a cyber crisis on a European level. The outcome of today’s exercise will tell us where we stand and identify the next steps to take in order that we make continual improvements.”

Sharing of operational information

Among other things, the Cyber Europe 2014 exercise will test procedures for the sharing of operational information on cyber crises in Europe, enhance national capabilities for tackling cyber crises and explore the effects of multiple and parallel information exchanges between private-public and private-private at both the national and international levels.

The exercise is also designed to test the EU Standard Operational Procedures (EU SOPs), a set of guidelines specifically designed for the sharing of operational information on cyber crises.

Professor Udo Helmbrecht: executive director of ENISA

Professor Udo Helmbrecht: executive director of ENISA

Increased sophistication of cyber attacks

According to ENISA’s Threat Landscape Report, which was published last year, threat agents have increased the sophistication of their attacks. It has become clear that maturity in cyber activities is not a matter for just a handful of countries. Rather, criminals in multiple countries have developed capabilities that can be used to infiltrate all kinds of targets – Governmental and private – in order to achieve their objectives.

In 2013, global web-based attacks increased by almost 25% while the total number of reported data breaches was 61% higher than in 2012. Each of the eight most prevalent forms of data breach resulted in the loss of tens of millions of data records, in turn exposing no less than 552 million identities.

According to industry estimates, cyber crime and espionage accounted for between $300 billion and $1 trillion in annual global losses during 2013.

This latest exercise simulates large-scale crises related to critical information infrastructures. Experts from ENISA will issue a report with key findings after the exercise ends.

#CyberEurope2014 is a bi-annual, large-scale cyber security exercise. It’s organised every two years by ENISA, and this year counts 29 European countries (26 from the EU and three from the EFTA) plus EU Institutions among its cohort. The exercise takes place in three phases throughout the year, as follows:

*Technical: Involves incident detection, investigation, mitigation and information exchanges (completed in April)
*Operational/tactical: Dealing with alerts, crisis assessment, co-operation, co-ordination, tactical analysis, advice and information exchanges at the operational level (taking place today and during early 2015)
*Strategic: Examines decision-making, political impacts and public affairs

ENISA's headquarters in Greece

ENISA’s headquarters in Greece

In the cyber security strategy for the EU and the proposed Directive for a high common level of network and information security, the European Commission calls for the development of national contingency plans and regular exercises, testing large-scale networks’ security incident response and disaster recovery capabilities.

ENISA’s new mandate also highlights the importance of cyber security preparedness exercises in enhancing trust and confidence when it comes to online services across Europe. The draft EU SOPs have been tested over the last three years, including during the course of Cyber Europe 2012.

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