Can Real ID Licenses Strengthen the Security?

Can Real ID Licenses Strengthen the Security?

Gov CIO Outlook | Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Since Real ID captures a vast amount of sensitive data or documentation, DMVs can turn to be the subject of various U.S. state notification laws, when it comes to a data breach or mishandling.

FREMONT, CA: Drivers in the U.S. need to mark their calendars for October 2020 if they want to use their state driver’s licenses to travel on a plane or visit a U.S. government building. They must show a license that satisfies the new federal identification necessities of the Real ID program. Real ID is one of the significant data-gathering initiatives that has taken place in the current time, with substantial potential security concerns of the program.

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The Real ID Act needs each state to save and store the respective documents in a digital format, federally mandated but has no centralized national database. The weight is on each state to find out how to securely manage and safeguard the vast virtual libraries of recognizing data collected from many local departments of motor vehicle offices.

Datastores carrying the sensitive data of the drivers will remain on the target list of the hackers. Employees and contractors having access to ID document stores can access and copy pictures. Inappropriately secured cloud data stores can place sensitive files at risk and allow the external host to search for the exposed data.

To further tangle the matters, the introduction of the Real ID program has been anything but smooth. A few states have begun issuing Real ID-compliant licenses and Real IDs, to wait for some years and watch the process else recall them. 

In a hurry to issue Real ID-compliant drivers’ licenses, security might turn into an afterthought. The State IT and security leaders need to focus on some primary areas:

• System updates are significant steps that need to be taken to make sure that the infrastructure is safe rather than get delayed while IT teams have countless other tasks to complete. 

• There are times when curious employees have destroyed their organizations by exposing sensitive data that were supposed to stay within the company.

• States loaded with IT infrastructure carry millions of sensitive digital files, which should be reviewed and carried out by retention processes to ensure if they meet any specifications in the Real ID federal needs. Organizations neglect the retention and disposition policies of digital files, which can bring spelling disaster. So it is essential to delete data, which are no longer required and not risk the entire system.

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