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New chair of the Article 19 Expert Group on security of e-Trust services

ENISA is happy to announce that Ulrich Latzenhofer from RTR Austria will be the new chair of the Article 19 Expert Group which focuses on security of electronic trust services in the EU.

Published on December 18, 2018

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Electronic trust services is what we call services like digital signatures, digital certificates, electronic seals, timestamps, etc. used in electronic transactions, to make them secure, trustworthy. The eIDAS regulation, which came into force in 2016, provides the EU wide legal framework for both trust services and national eID schemes. Article 19 of the eIDAS regulation sets the security requirements for trust service providers. The Article 19 Expert Group was set up by ENISA in 2015, under the auspices of the Commission, to support voluntary collaboration between Member States about the technical details of how to implement Article 19. This is a voluntary non-binding process, between experts from ministries, agencies, supervisory bodies, national authorities, et cetera, who are involved with the implementation of Article 19. The group has experts from EU member states as well as EEA and EFTA countries. The Article 19 Expert Group meets twice a year.

At the last meeting in October in Malta, hosted by the Maltese Communications Authority, the group agreed to a new terms of reference for the group, formalizing a new modus operandi. At this meeting a new chair was elected, Ulrich Latzenhofer from the Austrian Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications, will chair the group for the next 2 years. ENISA will continue to support the group in the role of secretariat.

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