Let’s say you’re a burglar deciding which house to rob. The first one has a lock on the front door, but the windows are only half shut and could be forced open. The second has a stronger lock on the front door, bars on the windows, video cameras on the roof, and a keypad, for disarming an alarm, in the entryway. It’s a pretty easy decision. You say goodbye to the second house, since it’s so heavily protected, and try your luck with the first one.
A similar thing happens with identity theft and government-issued documents. Hackers and other criminals avoid documents protected by robust security mechanisms, and focus instead on poorly protected documents that are more likely to give them what they want.
That’s why NXP developed the IntegralSecurity architecture. It provides a multi-pronged defense that protects data at every point, from the factory to the eID holder’s hand. That way, governments can create the kinds of documents that identity thieves pass by, without a second look.
Unlike monolithic approaches, which rely on just a few security mechanisms to protect data, the IntegralSecurity architecture uses more than a hundred interlinked, redundant, and highly adaptable security provisions. Each of these attack countermeasures, realized in hardware, can be updated and strengthened selectively, so the architecture keeps pace with the continuously changing threat landscape. Here’s a look at just a few of the security mechanisms used with eGovernment documents:
The SmartMX portfolio
The IntegralSecurity architecture reflects NXP’s decades-long leadership in security technologies, and forms the basis of NXP’s SmartMX family of products. We continually upgrade the product line, adding new security features, such as the recently introduced PUF, now available on the SmartMX P60 family. This ongoing commitment to enhanced security yields stronger yet simpler ways to protect confidential data, and forces identity thieves to look elsewhere for opportunities.
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