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Published On: Thu, Nov 27th, 2014

National identity card facilities get global certification

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By Tobias Lengnan Dapam

The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) said its facilities got certified under the Global Vendors Certification Programme (GVCP) by MasterCard.

The Commission in a statement issued yesterday by its Director Corporate Communication, Okwudiafor Anthony, said “the facility that has been certified recently is the Card Personalization Bureau which

is where the National e-ID Cards are personalized and made ready for distribution and subsequent activation. This is one of the few such government-owned facilities certified under the GVCP Scheme of the MasterCard on the African continent.

“The certification followed conscious effort by the Management of the NIMC that led to the refitting, retooling and upgrading of the card printing facility that was built by government under the previous

scheme in compliance with some of the requirements and standards for security and operational procedure in the Plastic Card Industry as set by the EMV, PCI DSS globally for such High Security Areas (HSAs)”.

The statement noted that the ISO 27001: 2005 certification was also part of efforts at ensuring the GVCP, PCI DSS certification, saying that the coast was clear for the NIMC to deploy its full capacity for

card personalization and also for extending it to the third party vendors it has contracted for that purpose.

He said that the measures taken included providing the required security monitoring appliances for the ‘High Security Areas (HSAs) as well as ensuring that the entire area was made safe and secured from threats of physical and logical security”, he stated.

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