Gaurav Sharma (guest)

Gaurav Sharma has been working as an independent financial and business consultant and strategist for the past three years. He works with fintech startups, wealth management firms, international banks, consulting companies and multi strategy investment funds. Gaurav assists his clients with financial strategy and investment analysis, drawing on his experience of managing a diverse array of Fortune Global 500 clients from across the globe. He also loves to write about innovations and cyber-security in financial technology and banking. Gaurav has six years of international banking experience (Standard Chartered Bank and Citi). He has covered the entire gamut of banking products with experience in corporate finance, trade finance, derivatives, risk management and so on. Gaurav is a Certified Financial Risk Manager and a CFA Level III candidate. He holds an Engineering Degree in Computer Science and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management in Kozhikode.

eIDAS – Digitisation of the on-boarding process Part 2 - The Process

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at the objectives or motives behind having an eIDAS enabled digital on-boarding process. In Part 2, we look at the actual process that is followed currently and a few examples of the nifty tools and tricks that some banks, financial institutions and even independent app developers are using to digitize the customer on-boarding process. The process can be further simplified using tools provided by eIDAS for electronic identification and authentication.

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eIDAS – Digitisation of the On-boarding Process Part 1 - Objectives

The initial client on-boarding is a critical process for banks as well as their clients. For banks, the efficiency and speed of the process can leave a lasting impression in the mind of the customer. It can dictate how amenable the relationship would be in the coming months and years. A cumbersome process can make the customer doubt the technical capabilities of the bank and its ability to service their needs efficiently in the future.

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A Brief Analysis of the Market and Stakeholders for eIDAS Enabled Solutions

The ultimate aim of regulations like eIDAS is the creation of a true Digital Single Market (DSM). eIDAS plays its role by providing the necessary authentication and trust service tools to address the needs of the DSM. In order to succeed, however, it is necessary to know what exactly each stakeholder in that market needs.

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The Uniform User Management and Digital Signatures Project – How eIDAS is helping improve EU’s customs interface

With each passing year, the volume of international trade in goods and services keeps rising. With all of this trade, however, comes an associated cost. This not only involves some unavoidable components like shipping, but also costs incurred due to inefficiency in other systems like customs clearances and trust between the trading parties.

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European Citizen’s Initiative – How eIDAS is Enabling Participative Democracy in the EU

The last few decades have seen more countries adopt a democratic form of government than ever before in history. For the most part though, citizens do not directly participate in day-to-day governance but rather elect representatives like Members of Parliament or Senators to do that in their stead. These MPs decide on the issues that are most relevant to society and then these issues are debated on and legislation may follow.

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eIDAS and the eHealth Governance Initiative

The European healthcare market is currently worth over USD 2 trillion. This figure is only expected to rise further as populations age, not only in the EU but in countries around the world. The cost of healthcare varies greatly and has even given rise to a new industry – medical tourism. Even within the EU, healthcare standards and costs vary greatly. While some of the factors that make healthcare more expensive (like the number of skilled practitioners or wages) cannot be changed overnight, there are certain other inefficiencies which can be removed.

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Exploring eIDAS - The Key Principles for Trust Services

The eIDAS Regulation creates a pan European market for electronic Trust Services (eTS). This includes things like electronic signatures and seals, electronic service delivery, website authentication and time stamps. The major thrust of the Regulation is towards ensuring that these mechanisms, when used, get the same legal status as conventional paper-based alternatives - across borders, throughout the EU.

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Examining the Impact of eIDAS - Part 2

In Part 1 of our series exploring the wide footprint of the eIDAS regulation, we looked things like PSD2, the European Citizen’s Initiative and the eHealth Governance Initiative. However, these are just a few examples of the many applications of the eIDAS mechanisms. In this part, we look at some other interesting applications including Social Security and the prevention of Money Laundering.

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Examining the Impact of eIDAS - Part 1

The eIDAS regulation is a key foundational stone in the creation of the pan-European Digital Single Market. It provides the essential elements to build a robust and secure electronic identification system and reliable trust services. Without the tools that eIDAS enables, a number of other EU directives and initiatives would not be able to function effectively - or at all.

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