Digital signatures (and the accompanying concepts of encryption and authentication) have been a critical aspect of electronic communications for several years now, and both regulatory bodies and businesses continue to demonstrate a vested interest in the continued growth and advancement of this field.
A popular point of discussion and research among businesses in the EU is eIDAS, the EU regulation on the use of identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market. Not only is eIDAS required for legally-compliant digital signatures, it's also part of a greater picture of technological innovation and growth within the EU.
While eIDAS was formally adopted in July of 2014, there is still a great deal of innovation and discussion occurring regarding best practices for implementing compliant tools and processes. Therefore, it is critical that executives and security stakeholders understand eIDAS and the implications of this regulation for the future of their business, both in terms of technological investments and for the sake of the growth and security of the business.
It's important to consider the source of the eIDAS regulation as a means of comprehending the purpose of the framework and gaining a glimpse of its future direction. eIDAS originated from the European Commission focused on the "Digital Agenda" for Europe. This group helps ensure that policy and strategy recommendations align with the digital growth that the EU needs to continue to prosper in the coming years.
There are two key ideas around which eIDAS is focused: interoperability and transparency.
There are several ways that decision-makers and stakeholders can help the eIDAS initiative (and their organization) move forward:
eIDAS is just one element of the exciting technological innovations that are to come for the EU and its businesses through future similar dialogues and frameworks. Organizations must understand eIDAS and its intentions and key goals in order to be part of the next-generation technology era in the EU.
There are multiple resources available for those who wish to further research the technical details of eIDAS, and it is certainly not wasted time to further explore this revolutionary framework.
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