There had been an increased in the use of fake academic certificates issued by public and private institutions of higher learning and the authorities are devising plans to address this issue.
According to Bernama, Percetakan Nasional Malaysia Bhd (PNMB) has developed a mobile application that is said to be able to verify the authenticity of certificates or security documents produced by PNMB.
“The app is currently being used by 17 higher education institutions including International Islamic University Malaysia, Universiti Putra Malaysia, and Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur.”
“It is also being used by Kolej Universiti Poly-Tech Mara Kuala Lumpur, and the Technical University of Malaysia,” PNMB’s Security Design and Security Printing Unit head Razlan Abdullah said.
He then said that the low-security features in certificates, diplomas and degrees awarded by higher learning institutions in the country have apparently allowed fake degree scams to proliferate.
Razlan said moving forward, certificates and other documents printed by PNMB will contained additional features such as security paper, special security designs, ink, secret codes, serial numbers and hidden watermarks, which further enhanced the reliability of the documents.
In the meantime, Razlan said that the use of multiple methods of authentication are vital to curtail fraud and identity theft, especially in this digital era where smartcards are heavily relied on.
“We… have all our personal information in just one card and should not have to worry about it being duplicated or used for fraudulent purposes. Thus, the security features of a smartcard are very important,” he said.
Razlan noted that PNMB’s smartcard production facility has state-of-the-art production including card and inlay manufacture, chip embedding, printing and card personalisation and can produce up to 12 million smartcards a year.
PNMB, which is Chief Government Security Office (CGSO), Europay Mastercard Visa (EMV), Payment Card Industry (PCI) and ISO 14298 (Integraf) certified, partners with major international chipmakers and Cybersecurity Malaysia for the use of chips and operating systems with the highest levels of security, he said.