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The Evolution of Trusted Identity & Border Security 

In other words, the global highway that transports the economic advantages of increased international business and tourism is also a conduit for criminals and terrorists.

There is a great deal of work being done to make travel easier for those with good intentions and more difficult for those with criminal intentions. Passports, e-passports and other travel documents are being designed with cutting edge security features embedded in them. Identity data is being captured and used to manage passenger volumes at points of entry. And a variety of biometrics-based devices have been installed in customs areas around the world to bring additional levels of certainty to the passport validation process.

The technologies and regional infrastructures to make travel easy for authorized travelers — and difficult or impossible for criminals and terrorists — have been built, refined and deployed within countries. But they largely exist and operate within silos.

So what’s missing? Why are countries of all sizes grappling with border security issues?

The key to success might very well be collaboration. International law enforcement and travel bodies, national governments and private industries must consider an approach that replaces the existing silos with shared identity resources and shared technical standards. International bodies and nations must work together to define the border security problems that need to be solved and the outcomes that need to be achieved. They then must use that common vision to drive innovation in the private sector.

Technology companies, in turn, must work to develop and integrate the identity, authentication and validation technologies that allow governing bodies and nations to collaborate and improve security both at points of entry and within countries. The challenge is to develop and refine identity technologies that all governments can afford to deploy and manage — and deliver solutions that are highly innovative, yet adhere to global technical standards.

This level of public and private collaboration will help us replace regionally effective silos with a more global trust infrastructure. It will result in faster processing of business travelers and vacationers at points of entry. And it will help protect citizens and countries from increasing criminal and terroristic threats.