Press Release: Signicat joins ETSI team guiding digital signature standards

Trondheim, Norway, 27 September 2018Signicat, a leader in trusted digital identity, has joined the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), the recognised standards body for electronic communications. As part of the technical committee on Electronic Signatures and Infrastructure (ESI), Signicat will help create and shape the standards for digital signatures and trust services.

ETSI is officially recognised by the EU as one of three European Standards Organisations (ESO), with a focus on broadcasting, telecommunications and other electronic communications networks and services. ETSI produces “harmonised standards” that support European regulation and enable manufacturers and suppliers to prove that their products and services meet these regulations.

ESI is the technical committee responsible for the standardisation of European digital signature and trust services. The standards produced by ESI are designed to meet the demands of eIDAS regulation, ensuring interoperability across borders, and be applicable beyond Europe.

Signicat—already standards-compliant—will be able to share its experience and knowledge of electronic signatures and digital identity to help guide the development of these standards. Currently in development are standards for signature validation services, which specify how a signed document will be sent to a trusted service, returning a signature validation report.

“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, VP of Identity and Innovation, 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.”

For more detail on the ongoing work of the technical committee and its roadmap, read Signicat’s blog post: https://www.signicat.com/blog/signicat-joins-etsi-for-standardisation-of-digital-signatures-and-trust-services/

About Signicat
Based in Trondheim, Norway, and founded in 2007, Signicat operates the largest Digital Identity Hub in the world, offering the only complete identity platform in the market and trusted to reduce the burden of compliance in highly regulated markets.

With Signicat, service providers can build and leverage existing customer credentials to connect users, devices and even ‘things’ across channels, services and markets transforming identity into an asset rather than a burden. By ditching manual, paper-based processes and replacing them with digital identity assurance, customer on-boarding is accelerated and access to services is made simple and secure. Signicat’s Identity Hub is a complete solution to that offers compliance and a route to better customer engagement.

Signicat has over 400 financial services organisations as clients, connects to more than 20 schemes globally and verifies more than 10m identities per month.

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Signicat är en av Europas ledande företag av molnbaserade elektroniska identitetstjänster och elektroniska signaturer. Signicat gör det enkelt att erbjuda inloggning, identifiering och elektroniska signaturer för webb- och mobillösningar, och stöder olika nivåer av autentisering beroende på kundens krav.

Signicat Sverige genomgår en kraftig tillväxtsatsning och söker stärka upp säljkontoret med en driven Sales Executive för att bearbeta nya kunder. Signicat är per idag starka inom bank, finans och försäkring. Fokus för den nya säljaren är att skapa foot print inom andra branscher och öka marknadsandelarna gentemot stora företag med behov av att digitalisera sin verksamhet. Din uppgift består i att prospektera, boka möten och genomföra interaktioner med nya kunder.

VI ERBJUDER:
– Ett arbete i en bransch som är i framkant
– Snabba beslutsvägar, platt organisation
– Entreprenöriell känsla
– Stor frihet under ansvar
– Marknadsmässig lön och teambonus
– God teamkänsla

OM DIG:
– Minst 3 års erfarenhet av B2B försäljning med fördel inom SaaS eller Payments
– God kunskap och intresse för IT och Digitalisering
– Erfarenhet av egen prospektering och att hålla möten på C-Level
– Starkt inre driv, orädd med skinn på näsan
– Vana av att jobba självständigt och att se möjligheter och våga fatta beslut

Vi söker dig som är en kommunikativ och lösningsorienterad affärsman/affärskvinna. Du är driven, har en stark initiativförmåga, är förtroendeingivande och har en naturlig affärsmässighet. Du är van vid att skapa resultat genom högt tempo, aktivitet och strukturerad bearbetning av marknaden.

I denna rekrytering samarbetar vi med SalesOnlys rekryteringskonsult Sara Sjölund. Önskas ytterligare information kring tjänsten är du välkommen att kontakta Sara på sara.sjolund@salesonly.se.

Alla ansökningar och kontakter behandlas konfidentiellt. Urval och intervjuer sker löpande varpå vi ser fram emot din ansökan så snart som möjligt.

Välkommen att söka här via länken!

Signicat är en av Europas ledande leverantörer av elektronisk identitet och elektronisk signatur. Företaget grundades 2007 i Trondheim, där huvudkontoret är placerat. Signicat erbjuder cloud baserade lösningar till både privat och offentlig sektor. Signcat har i dagsläget kontor i Norge, Sverige, Danmark, Finland, Holland, UK och Portugal men expanderar kraftigt och öppnar upp i nya länder succesivt. Signicat är idag den i särklass största leverantören av BankID i Sverige. Signicat erbjuder både signering och verifiering med BankID och BankID för mobiltelefoner. Målet är att hjälpa kunder leverera tidsbesparande och användarvänliga digital förtroende lösningar till sina slutkunder. Signicat lösningar används av banker, finansiella institutioner och försäkringsbolag, samt även myndigheter och stora och medelstora företag i olika branscher. Signicat hanterar autentisering av användare, erbjuder elektronisk signatur, användaridentifiering och bevarande av dokument. Bland våra kunder i Sverige är Nordnet, Klarna och KRY.

Signicat wins “2017 Innovation Award” at Smart Security Week!

2017 Innovation Award

We are very proud to get this recognition. The announcement took place in Marseille yesterday evening during the World eID and cybersecurity and Identity World conference 2017. The award was handed over by Detlef Houdeau from Infineon (left in the picture) to John Erik Setsaas, Identity Architect from Signicat (right in the picture).

Link to the webpage with the announcement here

Can blockchain technology be useful to digital identity?

The word blockchain brings out many associations. I guess for most of you, Bitcoin comes first. And maybe other cryptocurrencies like Ripple and Ethereum. From there, you probably think about illegal buying and dark web, and anonymity. Yes, true. As with any type of fiat currency, you can also use cryptocurrencies to buy illegal stuff, and to be anonymous. But remember that blockchain is technology, and technology is only bad if it is used in a bad way.

Why can blockchain be useful for identities?
Anyway, this post is not about money but about identities. What are the reasons to consider blockchain to hold digital identities? And what are the properties of blockchain, which can be useful for identities.

For one, a blockchain is distributed, so there is no central authority which manages your identity. And it is immutable, which means that as soon as an identity is stored on the blockchain, it can never be removed. These properties means that your digital identity can not be purged. This would prevent any government from taking away the identity from people based on religion, ethnicity or other attributes, and you would be in control of your own identity. This is often referred to as sovereign identity.

Proof of concept with the sovereign identity idea
Signicat has been doing a proof of concept with the sovereign identity idea. Below are the components of this PoC:

Attribute storage
Each attribute is encrypted and stored separately. This means that if the encryption is cracked on one attribute, only data for this attribute is exposed. For example that somebody is born on January 1st 1972, that somebody is over 18, or that is somebody has a given Nationality. But not who. And even if two records are broken, there is nothing indicating that these belong to the same individual. To know this connection, you  must have the private key.

Attribute verification
To ensure a validity of an attribute, an eIDP (electronic identity provider) or eAP (electronic attribute provider) is involved. This could be public eID providers (such as BankID in Norway and Sweden or NemId in Denmark), consumer identity providers (such as Facebook or Google), it could be a bank, a government, or even a group of friends. Before storing the attribute record on the blockchain, it is validated by one or more of these. This means that the recipient of the attribute can verify the validity of the attribute.

Exposing an attribute
If you want to provide an attribute to somebody, for example that you are over 18, you send the record ID and the encryption key for this record to the recipient. This will prove that the record is yours, and that it is valid (by checking the attribute provider validation). The encryption key can only be used to decrypt the given record, so the owner is in control of, what is being shared. Additional measures are used to prevent replay of the attribute, for example that the recipient uses this to another party.

Private key storage
A user needs a private key to identify his or her records on the blockchain. A challenge is that users lose their private key, and thereby lose access to their blockchain information. By using a key splitting algorithm, the private key is split into as many parts as there are nodes in the blockchain and each node is given one part. In addition, the algorithm defines how many parts are needed to construct the key. If there for example are 20 nodes, you could require 10 parts to reconstruct the key. Any 10 arbitrary parts will suffice. By setting up rules for releasing the private key parts, requiring one or more eIDPs or aIDPs to prove your identity, a node can release one part, thereby allowing the key owner to reconstruct the private key.

Attribute and identity providers
The eAPs and eIDPs will be approved by the blockchain. Only the approved nodes are trusted, which is especially important for the release of private key parts. If a provider is no longer trusted, it will be removed from the trustlist.

Finally a word of warning: Before going all-in on an identity solution (or any solution using sensitive data) on the blockchain, privacy must be considered carefully. When data is on the chain, there is no way to change it, so there is no room for error in the initial setup.

Blogpost by: John Erik Setsaas, Identity Architect
Twitter: @jsetsaas

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Missed Finovate this year? Watch Signicats demo video

Signicat demo video from Finovate Europe 2017

At Finovate Europe 2017 in London, Signicat demonstrated rapid onboarding and digital signing using Signicat Assure and Signicat Sign.

Signicat Assure uses a combination of existing national eIDs, digital verification of identity papers (ID cards, passports, utility bills etc), commercial identities (for example Facebook and Google) and other methods to verify an identity. The strength of the assurance lies in combining several methods. Signicat Sign allows customers to sign digital documents, which ensures integrity (that the content is not changed), origin (that the signer can be verified) and non-repudiation (that the sender cannot deny the signature).

In case you missed it. Watch Signicats demo video here:

More about Finovate Europe: Finovate Europe

Finovate Europe 2017

Signicat nominated for Gazelle of the year

Signicat is nominated for the “Gazelle of the year” prize for the third year in a row. The prize is awarded by Norwegian business newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (www.dn.no), and is given to companies with the highest growth rate in the country

Digipost først med Java-fri BankID 2.0

Signicat delivers Bank IDPosten logoDigipost logo

Oslo, 24.september 2014
Posten kan som første norske bedrift tilby sine kunder å ta i bruk Java-fri BankID 2.0. I første omgang vil BankID 2.0 benyttes for registrering av nye brukere og åpning av brev i Postens digitale postkasse, Digipost. Senere vil denne også nyttes av andre av Postens tjenester. Løsningen leveres som en tjeneste gjennom det norske programvareselskapet Signicat.

Dermed har Posten i samarbeid med Signicat løst problemet brukere har hatt med å identifisere seg med BankID på Digipost og andre nettsteder som følge av manglende støtte for Java. Med BankID 2.0 kreves det ikke Java installert på klienten, dermed vil Digipost-brukerne nå kunne få en Java-problemfri brukeropplevelse, både på pc, nettbrett og smarttelefon.

BankID 2.0 Screenshot

– Digipost sine kunder skal møte digitale løsninger av topp klasse. Rask, effektiv og problemfri opprettelse og tilgang til sin egen postkasse på nett tas som en selvfølge. For at Digipost skal fremstå som attraktiv, moderne og fremtidsrettet er det viktig at teknologien ikke skaper hindringer. Det var en utfordring med Java-basert BankID. Det var derfor naturlig for oss å være tidlig ute med å ta i bruk BankID 2.0 uten Java. Vi er stolte over å være først ute – også foran bankene, sier direktør for Digipost, Thomas Mathisen.

Vi er stolte over å være først ute – også foran bankene, sier direktør for Digipost, Thomas Mathisen

– Signicat lever av å levere gode online identitets- og signeringstjenester til privat og offentlig sektor. Tilgjengelighet og brukervennlighet er viktig for kunder som Posten. BankID 2.0 understøtter dette på en god måte, det er derfor gledelig at Posten viser vei med å ta i bruk den nye BankID applikasjonen. Med Signicat er Posten og øvrige kunder sikret at alle endringer og oppdateringer på BankID blir ivaretatt raskt og effektivt, slik at de kan konsentrere seg om optimalisering av sine forretningsprosesser, sier Arne Vidar Haug, leder forretningsutvikling i Signicat.

Mediekontakter

Posten Norge: pressetelefon 951 48 000
Signicat: Arne Vidar Haug, Leder forretningsutvikling, telefon: 930 60 304

Om Digipost

Digipost er et nasjonalt postsystem utviklet av Posten Norge AS. Alle innbyggere over 15 år har mulighet til å opprette en egen digital postkasse, hvor de kan sende, motta og arkivere viktig post. Alle data sendes og lagres kryptert i Norge. Over 350 000 har tatt i bruk løsningen.

Om Signicat

Signicat AS er ledende i Europa på elektronisk identitetshåndtering og elektronisk signatur. Signicat tilbyr kunder og partnere i Norden en enkel og enhetlig måte å håndtere utfordringer innen e-ID og eSignatur. Dette gjøres med en åpen, skalerbar og fleksibel skytjeneste, som gjør det enkelt å tilby identitetshåndtering og elektronisk signatur. Løsningen brukes av mange større aktører innen offentlig og privat sektor, som Lånekassen, Santander, SEB, If, Tryg forsikring, Gassco og Posten Norge. Les mer på www.signicat.com

fennia

Fennia outsourced authentication

Finnish insurance company Fennia has successfully outsourced Online authentication to Signicat. Fennia tells that after thorough investigation Signicat is the right choice and integrates well to their SOA architecture. “This was natural for us to outsource this kind of service to a company, whose business it is!”, says Development Manager Maarit Ekokoski from Fennia.

Lue koko uutinen suomeksi

Elisa and signicat partnership

Strong electronic cross-border authentication solution from Elisa for the Nordic Region

Cooperation between Norwegian Signicat, a supplier of electronic authentication solutions, and Elisa enables a strong electronic authentication of citizens in connection of network affairs for Nordic companies and organizations. Instead of using several authentication providers, the citizens of different Nordic countries can be authenticated with one solution. The new service significantly facilitates the operation of Nordic companies, increases business opportunities and offers consumer customers a safer and more convenient way to work in the network outside the borders of one’s own country.

 

The cooperation of Elisa and Signicat will offer the Nordic companies and organisations an opportunity to authenticate all Nordic customers and make electronic transactions easier for their own clients. Service providers do not need to maintain several authentication systems or separate contracts in each country anymore.

– The new authentication solution is a remarkable benefit for companies, the public sector and other organisations, since it is possible to authenticate all Nordic customers with one solution. No Finnish service provider has ever been able to authenticate as many users with one solution. In practice, the solution will be beneficial for all people in the Nordic region in the future, when they wish, for example, to order a new credit card, get competing insurance bids, get a loan, shop in a network store or play in different gaming services, says Vice President Anna-Mari Ylihurula from the Customer Interaction Services at Elisa.

Now Signicat will make Elisa’s mobile authentication service international by providing it to all its Nordic customer organisations. Reception has been very good, Elisa’s Mobile certificate solution will first be utilised in well-known Nordic financial services. The best known customers of Signicat include, for example, Santander Consumer Bank and SEB.

– Our Mobile certificate offering is a new and exciting addition to our current range of services. We believe the partnership with Elisa will bring value to our existing customers as well as to the market in general. Signicat is a leader in developing and bringing new secure services to the market, and our mobile certificate offering will help helping partners and customers build and market new electronic services in this area. The partnership with Elisa offers significant new development and business opportunities to our customers, says managing director Gunnar Nordseth from Signicat.

In the strong electronic authentication service offered by Elisa, Nordic customers can be authenticated with a single authentication method. Finnish service provider can authenticate all its Nordic customers through one solution, and Finns can use a Finnish mobile certificate for authentication in Swedish, Norwegian and Danish services. The solution enables remarkably wider customer authentication than before, because it is not restricted to the customers of certain authentication system administrator, such as a bank.

Additional information:

Elisa Corporation, Perttu Hörkkö, Business Development Manager, Business Customers, +358 50 324 9373, perttu.horkko@elisa.fi

Signicat AS,  Gunnar Nordseth, CEO, +47 930 60 408, gunnar.nordseth@signicat.com

Elisa is a telecommunications and ICT service company. Our online and ICT services provide Finns with experiences, and businesses with productivity. We serve approximately 2.2 million consumers, companies and public administration organisations. As the market leader in mobile subscriptions, we offer the most comprehensive and the fastest 3G network and 4G speeds in Finland. In 2010, our revenue was €1.46 billion and we employed 3,600 people. We offer international services in partnership with Vodafone and Telenor. For more details, go to www.elisa.com

Signicat  is a Nordic IT company specialising in digital identity. Its main product is the leading European cloud based identity service Signicat ID, which makes it simple for customers to offer secure identification and electronic signature. Several of the leading Nordic companies have chosen Signicat as provider of strong authentication and binding agreement confirmation on the Internet. The customer list includes Bank Santander, SEB Group, If Insurance, Tryg, Gassco and the Norwegian Postal Service. More details are available at www.signicat.com

eID-Network Conference, Brussels

As the leading provider of cloud based identity services and digital signatures in Europe, Signicat is a partner at the European eID Network Event in Brussels, March 20th 2013.

The eID network conference focuses on eID in relation to online services toward persons, businesses and governments. The unquestionable advantages related to cost, revenue and efficiency by moving business processes towards an online self service environment, is well proven and acknowledged.

It benefits all parties regardless of industry and relationship, whether it’s B2B, B2C, B2E or G2C. To advance this processes in a national or cross border perspective, a secure and confident online identification is one of the most crucial parts for a successful progress.

Signicat have specialized in secure online identity services and handles more than 20 million eID’s around Europe, and more than 40 millions by the end of 2013.

As a speaker on eID Network event, we will share with you our expertise and experience since the early 2000’s. We wish you welcome to visit us at eID Network Conference.

More about the eID-Network Conference here

Signicat wins the 24h Digipost Hackathon

Signicat’s Marcus Almgren won the 24h Digipost Hackathon, which was held between Saturday 29 October, 11:00 a.m. and Sunday 30 October, 11:00 a.m. The Digipost Hackathon is an event where Norway’s best developers compete to develop the best functionality in 24 hours.

Marcus won, creating an app that demonstrates how BankID on mobile phones can be used to conduct business more efficiently using digital signatures. Read more about the 24h Digipost Hackathon at Posten/beta

Signicat on the Deloitte Tech Fast 50 list

For the second year in row Signicat has been ranked one of Norway’s fastest growing businesses in the technology, media, telecom and biotechnology industries. This ranking is based on an analysis of turnover over the last five years, which included 20,000 companies nationwide.

Read more on Deloitte Tech Fast 50

The Norwegian Post launches digital mailbox secured by Signicat

Norway Post is continuously developing its services to meet its customer’s current and future needs. A result of this is the new digital mailbox that is going to be launched this spring.

The digital mailbox will be based on a person’s street address and national ID number. It will thus be easy to find the mail recipient and the digital mailbox will take note of any changes to your street address.

Citizens can use any of the widely distributed Norwegian eIDs for accessing the mailbox in a secure way. Support for multi-ID authentication is provided by Signicat, who also is providing Norway Post with eID used for securing online change of address.

Link to Norway Post’s Press Release in English and Norwegian.