First cross border, eIDAS compliant connections achieved!

(2017/02/03) Germany, the Netherlands and Austria have successfully connected their electronic identification and authentication infrastructure, making it possible to use Austrian and German eID to access Dutch online public services at .


New Italian eID used by over 1 million

(2017/02/01): As reported by the Italian Agency for the Digitalisation of the Public Sector (Agenzia per l'Italia Digitale, AGID), Italy’s Public System for Digital Identity Management for citizens and businesses (Sistema Pubblico per la gestione dell'Identità Digitale di cittadini e imprese, SPID) has reached the 1 million user milestone in just under a year.


Global Two-factor Authentication Market to Showcase a CAGR of 24% Through 2021

(2017/01/30) According to the latest market study released by Technavio, the global two-factor authentication (2FA) market is expected to grow at a CAGR of close to 24% during the forecast period.


Web Cryptography API has become W3C Recommendation

(2017/01/26): The W3C Web Cryptography Working Group has published a W3C Recommendation of the Web Cryptography API. This specification describes a JavaScript API for performing basic cryptographic operations in web applications, such as hashing, signature generation and verification, and encryption and decryption. Additionally, it describes an API for applications to generate and/or manage the keying material necessary to perform these operations. Uses for this API range from user or service authentication, document or code signing, and the confidentiality and integrity of communications.


European Commission plans Webinar “eID under eIDAS: compliance, state of play and technology trends”

(2017/01/23): On March 7th, 2017 the European Commission is planning to organise a Webinar in order to give a brief overview of eID under eIDAS and highlight some use cases as well as key technological developments in the field of electronic identification (eID).


ENISA report on blockchain technology and security

(2017/01/18): Blockchain is a distributed ledger which maintains all transactions and assets and is updated by a number of counterparties. Not only financial institutions are investing in the technology, because it is often considered to enable disrupting innovations and promises huge savings. On the other hand, there have been serious security breaches and Udo Helmbrecht, Executitve Director of the European Union for Network and Information Security (ENISA), said “Cyber security should be considered as a key element in the Blockchain implementation of financial institutions”. For this purpose ENISA analysed the technology, identified security benefits, challenges and good practices and now published a corresponding report.


ETSI publishes standard for the integration of Evidence Records in CAdES signatures

(2017/01/04): ETSI ESI has published ETSI TS 119 122-3 “Electronic Signatures and Infrastructures (ESI); CAdES digital signatures; Part 3: Incorporation of Evidence Record Syntax (ERS) mechanisms in CAdES”, which allows to integrate Evidence Records according to RFC 4998 in CAdES digital signatures.

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