Microsec, a Hungarian-owned company providing a comprehensive range of services based on electronic signature technology, is the largest Hungarian certification provider, and now the first Hungarian registered eIDAS qualified trust service provider.
A substantial change was introduced in the field of electronic identification, electronic signatures and trust services on July 1 2016, when the eIDAS Regulation came into effect to provide a unified legal background within the EU. Its goal is to promote the spread of cross-border electronic transactions, by supporting the development of the digital single market. Its significance lies in the fact that these types of e-services have legal effects identical to paper-based methods, which can significantly reduce the need for a physical presence, and citizens will be able to manage their official, business, or private affairs with due legal consequences anywhere and at any time.
„In line with the compliance requirements of the regulation, Microsec successfully obtained the German TÜVIT eIDAS accreditation before 31 December 2016, becoming the only organization in Hungary to comply with this requirement earlier than the originally announced deadline. As a result, Microsec was registered on December 21 2016 as an National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH) qualified trust service provider, and has been the only domestic organization on this list since.
We are proud that Microsec is currently the only Hungarian qualified trust service provider with an eIDAS certification, said Gergely Vanczák, general manager of Microsec e-Szignó Certification Authority.
It is an important milestone in the life of our business that Microsec, an expert in the field of new generation PKI* technology, is capable of providing four different eIDAS qualified trust services:
Our eIDAS certified qualified preservation service, which can be used for the long-term authentic retention of electronically signed documents (such as PDF, e-files, ASiC) is unique, not only in Hungary, but in Europe as well,” Gergely Vanczák stressed.
What do these services offer?
Using qualified and non-qualified (advanced) electronic signatures based on qualified certificates, private or public documents with full probative value can easily be created digitally. The signature created in this way is proof of integrity, authenticity of origin and non-repudiation, and it is equivalent to traditional signatures on paper.
Qualified stamp certificates can be issued to legal persons, enabling the parties concerned to create qualified stamps on behalf of an organisation (e.g. company, institution, association, etc.), ensuring integrity and non-repudiation for the signed documents, even those that require full probative value.
The documents can be provided with a qualified time stamp, which is an evidence of full probative value issued by a trusted third party proving that a document existed at a specific time.
Electronic signatures to be preserved for the long-term require regular maintenance, and their authenticity, as well as their compliance with current signature standards, needs to be continuously ensured, which can be achieved using a qualified preservation service. Its advantages include associated legal presumption and NMHH supervision, as well as guarantees of readability and confidentiality.