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ENISA recommendations for qualified website authentication certificates

ENISA's new report provides a collection of strategies and actions aimed to promote transparency of the European website authentication market by introducing qualified website authentication certificates in Europe.

Published on May 16, 2016

The report targets all participants in the European trust service markets. Both regulators and supervisors from Member States, as well as Trust Service Providers, can find useful recommendations on how to promote the deployment of this new type of qualified trust service.

The report is divided in several sections. In its introductory chapters, the study describes the main concepts around qualified website authentication certificates, both in the context of existing commercial certificates and the eIDAS Regulation. The next sections present an analysis of the electronic certificates market and a SWOT analysis for the introduction of qualified website authentication certificates. The objective is to identify internal and external factors that can impact positively and negatively the growth of the adoption of this new kind of trust services in Europe and the development of the related market.

As of 1st July 2016, European Trust Services Providers will be able to provide this new type of qualified trust service. With this report, ENISA aims to support a smooth and rapid deployment. During 2016 ENISA will be following up on this topic by undertaking more activities in the area of trust services, some of them which build upon the recommendations proposed in the report.

Full report available online

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