Increasingly, government applications and services are moving to cyberspace, which provides citizens with more convenient means of accessing these resources. However, the growing use of cyber apps and service-based solutions among governments is prompting a question of security. In a threat-heavy age, how can governments ensure that citizens are protected as they access privileged services?

“In a threat-heavy age, how can governments ensure that citizens are protected as they access privileged services?”

This is a question that’s facing national governments around the world. But fortunately, it’s an issue for which a solution exists: citizen eID cards. These cards offer governments a first-rate means of providing citizen users with secure access to government apps. Here are some of the key reasons why government agencies need to adopt eIDs:

It’s a growing trend: 

Governments that don’t deploy eIDs will soon be behind the times. As Security Info Watch pointed out, an industry report projected that by 2018, about half the world will have eID cards, and 127 countries will be issuing a collective 740 million national eIDs on a yearly basis. With only a few years until 2018 rolls around, it’s imperative that governments leverage eIDs to keep pace with the rest of the world.

eIDs provide a streamlined method of identity verification: 

Our world today is marked by constant movement between countries and across borders. The mounting traffic at borders and higher sense of global interconnectedness calls for identity-affirming solutions that are both more expeditious and safer. eIDs are this solution, since they offer governments a quick yet highly secure means of affirming the identity of users. Thanks to eIDs, governments won’t be bogged down by multiple means of authentication, such as passwords, tokens and passcards, and can instead rely on a single credential that provides identity assurance.

They offer easier oversight: 

Governments are responsible for rolling out and monitoring a variety of credentials, including things like driver’s licenses and passports. By leveraging eIDs for citizens, governments can pave the road for consolidation of these multiple credentials, thereby making the job of maintenance and oversight easier.

Entrust Datacard is the global leader in citizen eID cards, and our solutions help governments create a trust infrastructure of unparalleled security. As government mobile apps and service evolve, so too must identity-affirming solutions. That’s why Entrust Datacard is a go-to resource.

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