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October
2014

Cryptolog offers a secure digital identity on a virtual smart card

Kadiatou Bah
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Exit the certificate for single use, place to the certificate for multiple use ! Once again Cryptolog rebates the electronic signature market by unveiling a breakthrough technology that is unmatched in France and Europe. All users can now obtain a permanent and secure digital identity on a virtual smart card and hosted on its SaaS Universign platform. They can activate it by using a simple one-time code received by SMS  

At the 14th edition of the “Assises de la Sécurité”, Cryptolog announces the addition of a revolutionary new electronic signature technology within its platform of digital trust Universign.

All signatories and users of the SaaS Universign platform will now be able to have a permanent, European-certified signature certificate with a few clicks. This digital identity, recognized throughout Europe, allows them to sign digital documents very simply with an excellent degree of legal certainty on the signed document. By proposing a European digital identity to all, a few weeks after the finalization of the eIDAS European regulation on signature and electronic identification, Cryptolog once again demonstrates its leadership and innovation capacity unrivaled in the digital trust sector .

A true digital indentity

To obtain this identity, each user must declare his / her identity on the Universign platform by transmitting a digital copy of an identity document in a confidential and secure manner. This identity document is validated by means of both automatic and manual procedures. At the end of this stage, the identity of the future signatory is certified and his profile becomes a profile verified by Universign. It can use this identity to sign any document on the Internet: it will simply trigger its private signature key stored on a virtual smart card using a simple one-time code received by SMS.

The digital certificate issued is then certified at European level :

– ETSI 102 042 when the step of identity registration and certification takes place remotely,
– ETSI 101 456 when the step of identity registration and certification occurs during a face-to-face.

The 4 levels of signatures

It should be understood that in order to make an electronic signature, an “electronic certificate” is frequently used. The certificate is comparable to a digital ID card which can be used to certify the identity of the signatory and to verify the electronic signature. The European Directive of 1999 called for the use of certificates on physical smart cards in order to obtain a maximum level of probative force for electronically signed documents. Given the operational complexity and the cost of issuing these certificates, the overwhelming majority of people today are not equipped with these famous smart card electronic certificates. On the other hand, on-the-fly certificate technologies without real identity verification have now been deployed considerably.

As a result, there is today a deep dichotomy between electronic signature solutions between:

– On one hand, solutions based on a smart card certificate which make it possible to overturn the burden of proof in court but which are mostly unsuited to the most common uses of signature;
– On the other hand, solutions based on certificates on the fly issued without registration of the signatory very easy to use but whose legal certainty is still uncertain.

With its new offer unrivaled in the market, Cryptolog bridges the gap between these two worlds by offering intermediate levels of electronic signature. They are the best compromise between the three basic parameters of any electronic signature project : legal security, user experience and deployment cost.

Cryptolog is currently the only market player offering 4 levels of electronic signatures on the shelf, in one and the same solution : Universign.

Thanks to this wide range of solutions, companies can now serenely imagine a generalization of the electronic signature in their multi-channel contractual relations with their clients, whatever the business and legal problems of contractualization.

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