Signicat joins European telecom standards body to contribute to digital signature rules
Signicat is the newest member of the European Telecommunication Standards Institute (ETSI), and will assist with the creation and shaping of standards for digital signatures and trust services as part of the technical committee on Electronic Signatures and Infrastructures (ESI).
The EU eIDAS regulation recognizes Signicat as a qualified trust services provider, and the company will share its experience and knowledge of electronic signatures and digital identity to help guide standards development. Standards in development include rules for signature validation services, specifying how trusted services produce a signature validation report, as well as standards for server signing and preservation of signed and unsigned documents.
“The work of ETSI/ESI and eIDAS is solving the fragmentation that currently exists across Europe and will make using digital trust services across the continent simple,” said John Erik Setsaas, Identity Architect, Signicat. “Our membership of the technical committee that drives the creation of these standards gives us an opportunity to influence their development, bringing our first-hand experience of creating trust services that work across borders.”
ETSI is one of three officially recognized European Standards Organizations (ESOs), and produces harmonized standards to support European regulation and help companies demonstrate the compliance of their products and services. ESI standards are designed support eIDAS regulation requirements to enable the uniform application of digital signatures and trust services across the continent, and also to be applicable beyond Europe.
Signicat integrated the itsme digital identity credential with its Digital Identity Platform earlier this year to extend its electronic signing and user authentication to Belgian businesses.