Tuesday, December 14, 2004
IDTheftSecurity.com's Founder, Robert Siciliano, RFID technology in national ID cards and new passports falls short of securing the nation
(BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, DECEMBER 14, 2004) A proposed national ID card and high-tech passport system promise to employ radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. Although these are steps in the right direction, they fail to ensure our security, according to Robert Siciliano, a nationally televised and quoted Boston-based expert on security issues. Author of the book, "The Safety Minute: 01,” Mr. Siciliano says RFID-driven technology alone equals high-tech security that isn’t secure.
RFID technology is not enough to secure our identities when we travel. It demands encryption to be secure. The U.S. Government does not presently plan to encrypt the RFID technology slated for U.S. passports. Even when encrypted, by itself RFID is still not enough. Mr. Siciliano urges the designers of these cards to include biometric technology as well. RFID or biometric technology, each on its own, is merely a means to identify someone. Only together do they approach a truly secure form of identification.
Many ask whether the use of any advanced technology by our government to monitor us moves the nation yet one step closer to George Orwell’s vision in his book, 1984. “We are already there,” says Mr. Siciliano. “Now we must manage our circumstances.”
Mr. Siciliano is uniquely qualified to discuss the ramifications of a national ID card and the need for a uniform means to identify who is a citizen of the U.S. and who is not. He is available to the media to share his uncommon insight. A speaker as featured on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, "ABC News with Sam Donaldson," "The Montel Williams Show," "Maury Povich," "Sally Jesse Raphael," and "The Howard Stern Show," Siciliano leads seminars nationwide. He has been quoted in Reuters, RealtyTimes.com, Woman's Day, Good Housekeeping, Mademoiselle, The New York Post, The New York Times, The Washington Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Christian Science Monitor, and other publications.
Visit Siciliano’s blog at www.IDTheftSecurity.blogspot.com. Siciliano can be reached at 1-888-SICILIANO (742-4542). The following URLs will take readers to his Web site and information about his work:
Main Web site: http://www.IDTheftSecurity.com
Siciliano's biography: http://www.idtheftsecurity.com/PDF/11x17_1wc.pdf
Siciliano's contact information follows:
Robert SicilianoPersonal Security ExpertPHONE: 888-SICILIANO (742-4542)
FAX: 877-2-FAX-NOW (232-9669)E-MAIL: Robert@IDTheftSecurity.com
The media are encouraged to get in touch with Siciliano directly. They may also contact:
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Brent W. Skinner, President