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French Customs Deploy OpenTrust to Provide Strong Authentication for 18 000 Officers

December 2010 by Marc Jacob

The French Customs have chosen and deployed OpenTrust as a strong authentication solution for information system access. 18 000 cards have already been deployed in just a couple of months to customs officers in 900 different locations worldwide.

The project provides authentication throughout the information system as well as encryption and signature functions. A third-party contractor has been put in charge of the infrastructure and the logistics for card provisioning and Help Desk.

The global trust infrastructure was created in order to authenticate users to the information system and is based on OpenTrust SCM and OpenTrust PKI software products for the management of cards and digital identities.

The French customs are enjoying the advantages of these newest versions of the OpenTrust software which provide a global solution for Badge Office and smart card life cycle management with Help Desk and Selfcare as well as integrated management of user digital identities. This seamless integration of identities makes the solution rapid to implement and simple to maintain.

“This solution for strong authentication provides Customs with an easy-to-use and reliable means of controlling access to our data, much of which is extremely sensitive” said Bruno Latombe, CIO of General Directorate of Customs and Excise.

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