Leading the Digital Change – eID and eSignatures in Scandinavia

The Nordic countries have led the world in digital adoption and innovation for some time now. They often top most digital competitiveness rankings like the 2017 Digital Evolution Index.

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3DES is Officially Being Retired

According to draft guidance published by NIST on July 19, 2018, the Triple Data Encryption Algorithm (TDEA or 3DES) is officially being retired. The guidelines propose that, after a period of public consultation, 3DES is deprecated for all new applications and usage is disallowed after 2023.

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An Introduction to the Role of HSMs for PCI DSS Compliance

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) helps to safeguard cardholders’ private information. The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) enforces the standard through recommendations and requirements that aim to ensure security across all organizations involved in the processing of cardholder information.

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Overview of the NIST Digital Identity Model compared to eIDAS

To combat fraud in digital identities and provide guidelines for digital authentication, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) updated its Digital Identity Guidelines in June 2017 and has provided a digital identity model that represents their updated guidelines with technologies and architectures that are currently available. This article describes the NIST model and compares NIST’s US-minded approach with the European eIDAS-Regulation and its legal framework.

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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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Exploring the value chain of remote QES in a complex business ecosystem

Signing is a way of showing consent when different stakeholders agree on something and the digital production of a signature is no different. Digital signature processes are integrated in a global ecosystem, where the signature represents the deliberate consent of a signatory so that a contract or transaction can be executed in a non-repudiable way in accordance with contract fulfillment and legal requirements.

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