eGovernment initiatives have transformed the public sector of many countries - enhancing and improving the lives of citizens by delivering quality public services resulting in increased user trust, accelerated service delivery and seamless access to information.
A large volume of electronic data is travelling across to third parties, which at times could be numerous transfers down a supply chain. Such supply chains could be individuals or companies (third party suppliers) that provide external services such as hosting, outsourced billing, electoral role services, regulators and research. Governments are faced with unprecedented risk with a requirement to build security into the entire digital estate - across multiple devices, networks and infrastructures.
Data security within the eGovernment sector is crucial - citizens need to embrace new digital public services and also trust that their personal data is being handled securely.
Cryptography plays a major role in the implementation of secure systems: confidentiality, integrity and authentication.