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Public Key Infrastructure Services

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Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Services

When is this action of interest to you?

You are a Member State authority, a European Institution or an agency and you want to increase the security of your data exchanges in your cross-border activities

Public key infrastructures (PKI) are a temporary solution until interoperable national PKI Services are put in place.

The action has been discontinued, since the eIDAS regulation and the existence of the national Trusted List will now enable the mutual recognition of qualified certificates issued by national Electronic Certification Providers.

What is this action about?

With an ever-increasing volume of information being exchanged electronically, security has become a priority for many network users. The use of new technologies implies that security aspects must be broadened and deepened to cover new risks.

To permit the electronic exchange of sensitive information in a secure and reliable manner, allowing users to identify precisely who is sending and receiving information, a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) has been developed under the European Commission’s IDA and IDABC programmes – the predecessors of ISA. Under the ISA programme the PKI services will be further developed.

PKI provides a framework comprising software and a set of rules, policies and standards for secure communication and transactions between organisations and individuals.

The security keys are used for Closed User Groups (CUGs) to protect the information being exchanged. It allows users to make messages unreadable by everyone except the sender and recipient by using complex passwords called keys, as well as digital certificates that confirm the sender’s and receiver’s identities.

What are the objectives?

Providing application-layer security to allow trusted exchange of information between Member State competent authorities and the European Institutions by using PKI certificates from a single source.

What are the benefits?

  • Ability to use PKI services for the increased security of data exchange.
Project core data
  • Project start/finish:
    Q3/2010 to Q2/2014
  • Parties involved: European Commission (DG Informatics, DG Agriculture, DG Budget, DG Competition, DG Economics and Finance, ECHO - Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection, DG Employment, DG Justice, DG Trade, DG Taxation & Customs Union)
  • ISA contribution: EUR 340 000

Contact the Programme Manager - ISA Action 20300

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