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New Voluntary Standard Supports Security and Risk Management Programs

New York, Feb 03, 2006

The highly destructive computer virus, known as the Kama Sutra worm, Blackworm, or Nyxem, was set to strike computers today, posing a security threat to individuals and businesses around the globe. Designed to disable security software programs through infected e-mail attachments, viruses like this can permanently overwrite and corrupt commonly used files such as Word and Excel, putting personal, financial, and security information at risk. The advent of such viruses underscores the importance of managing risks and safeguarding security systems, from security product producers to end users.

The North American Security Products Organization (NASPO), an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) member and accredited standards developer, recently released a new security standard designed to help government and business prevent identity fraud, document falsification, and product counterfeiting.

“The advent of this new national standard is a defining moment that marks the genesis of security assurance in North America,” said Michael O’Neil, NASPO chairman. “Protecting our brands, documents and identities from fraud is one of the most difficult challenges facing homeland security and brand owners in today’s world.”

ANSI/NASPO-SAv3.0P-2005, Security Assurance Standards for the Document and Product Security Industries, specifies security risk management requirements essential to ensuring the effectiveness of security technologies and products. The document identifies broad areas of security risks — including those associated with security breaches, disaster recovery, and supply chains — and defines measures by which they can be reduced.

Included within the scope of the standard are security products such electronic passport documents, printers and readers, which are being used to support homeland security. Designed to reduce identity fraud and terrorism, electronic passports are one of several steps taken by the Department of Homeland Security to strengthen document integrity under the US-VISIT Visa Waiver Program, and will become mandatory beginning October 26, 2006.

NASPO certifies that providers of security documents, labels, cards, packaging, materials and technology, operate under an agreed-upon set of operational standards and security protocols. NASPO has actively participated in the ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel (ANSI-HSSP), which has as its mission to coordinate, accelerate, and promote the development of consensus standards to meet the needs of the nation in this critical area.

ANSI/NASPO-SAv3.0P-2005 is available online at and at ANSI’s eStandards store.

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