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Scaling new heights: Implementation and Uptake of Trust Services under the eIDAS Regulation

A survey recently carried out by ENISA marks the positive tendency of Trust services to break through the barriers of large-scale business transformation processes in such applications as finance, healthcare and beyond.

Published on January 24, 2018

Driving this trend is the positive response of eIDAS to the requirements of these industries for legal certainty, integrity and shortened time to market. The eIDAS Regulation seeks to facilitate seamless digital transactions among individuals and businesses across the EU and since 1 July 2016, it is directly applicable in all EU Member States.

While eIDAS has been broadly seen by stakeholders as a key enabler towards digital transformation, organisations across the board can be greatly facilitated and encouraged to deliver their strategies with confidence should they chose to follow the eIDAS framework.

Additionally, the prevailing EU regulatory framework in electronic payments, financial markets, and personal data protection can look upon the eIDAS framework for dependable and compliant solutions to implementation issues at hand.

In spite of the patently positive signal for existing and well established Trust services, a gap in the understanding of stakeholders in terms of Trust services still lingers under the eIDAS Regulation. This situation is exacerbated by the ad hoc oligopoly in market niches such as browsers, for instance, as well as in actual stakeholders’ knowledge of concrete implementation models.

Member States may still choose to take up the important role of filling potential and actual standardisation gaps. They may also seek to pursue eIDAS compliant implementations when deploying eGovernment services.

While the eIDAS Regulation has gone past important milestones and has become a reference point in the EU, it still has some way to go in terms of newly introduced Trust services and broader user acceptance.

ENISA seeks to ease up the implementation phase of the eIDAS Regulation and in this regard it regularly produces analyses and reviews on the EU legal framework and standards.

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