SkIDentity uses certified Open eCard App

[Michelau, January 12th 2016] SkIDentity uses the new version of the Open eCard App, which has recently be certified by the German Federal Office for Information Security (Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik, BSI) according to its technical guideline BSI TR-03124 (eID-Client). The certificate, which has been awarded the very first time to an Open Source component and without any failures in the conformity report, is valid until December 8th 2020 and enables the trustworthy use of electronic identity (eID) cards and other smart cards in SkIDentity with Linux, Mac OS and Windows.

Platform-independent and lightweight eID-Client for SkIDentity

Thanks to the constructive cooperation of industrial and academic experts within the Open eCard project, a lightweight and platform-independent Open Source implementation of the “eCard-API-Framework” according to BSI TR-03112 was created, which supports various smart cards for electronic identity, health, signatures and banking from Germany, Austria, Estonia and Belgium for example. Based on this framework a user-friendly eID-Client according to BSI TR-03124 – also known as the “Open eCard App” – was created, which now has been certified by the BSI. Because of the modular architecture based on the international standard ISO/IEC 24727, the Open eCard App can easily be extended and smoothly integrated into modern web applications such as SkIDentity.

With continuous improvement and strict Quality Management to the BSI TR-03124 certificate without conformity failures

To ensure the conformity to the relevant technical specifications of the BSI and a high level of quality, the Bavarian State Ministry of Finance started the certification process according to BSI TR-03124 for the Open eCard App in 2014. Thanks to continuous improvement and a strict Quality Management system based on international standards such as ISO/IEC 9001 and ISO/IEC 90003 and utilizing the Open Source eID-Client-Testbed of the BSI, the current version 1.2 of the Open eCard App now has been formally certified by the BSI. Note, that it is the first time ever that an Open Source eID-Client received a certificate according to
BSI TR-03124. „We are particularly proud of the fact, that the test report shows that there are no conformity failures, „Open eCard Project Maintainer“ Tobias Wich complements. „On the one hand this underlines the high quality of the Open eCard software and on the other hand it creates further trust and confidence for the German eID card and similar smart cards.“

„As shown by the example of ‚SkIDentity‘, the secure, extensible and user-friendly Open eCard App has already several times formed the basis of distinguished and awarded systems solutions“, replenished Dr. Detlef Hühnlein, CEO of ecsec GmbH and head of the SkIDentity project. „We are delighted, that a first result of our work now is not only awarded, but also certified.“

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