Baltimore secures DigiNotar’s ‘DigiOverheid’ Service for Issuing Digital Certificates to End Users in the Netherlands

Amsterdam, November 12, 2002: Baltimore Technologies (London: BLM), a global leader in e-security, and DigiNotar, a Dutch Trusted Third Party (TTP) using Baltimore’s security technology, today announced the introduction of the first public key based service to comply with the newly established Dutch eGovernment initiative to secure government to business and government to government communications. DigiNotar’s DigiOverheid service issues digital certificates on smartcards to enterprises and government departments to enable them to transact securely online with various government bodies.

Baltimore UniCERT(tm) underpins the security of the service enabling digital certificates to be issued in compliance with Dutch eGovernment guidelines without the need for enterprises or government departments to deploy their own PKI infrastructure. The project removes the complexity typically associated with PKI deployments and enables pilot e-security projects to be implemented almost immediately while providing a clear growth path for larger scale project roll-out.

“We are delighted to introduce this initiative with Baltimore”, said Tony de Bos, Managing Director with DigiNotar. “With this service from DigiNotar, enterprises and government departments can deploy digital certificates based on the Dutch eGovernment directive in an easy and cost effective manner. We see this as an important step in the development of digital government with the necessary trust levels developed and implemented by DigiNotar and supported by Baltimore.”

“Baltimore is pleased to support the introduction of DigiOverheid, the latest DigiNotar service which facilitates a rapid time to market for digital signature services to enable secure communications with government”, added Patrick Jourdas, Senior Vice President EMEA with Baltimore Technologies plc. “The introduction of PKI enabled applications for the government sector will now be more readily accessible using these Dutch government compliant certificates based on UniCERT technology.”

The DigiOverheid service will be developed and hosted by DigiNotar using Baltimore UniCERT PKI product. The service is being announced today at the ECP.nl conference in Amsterdam.

About DigiNotar
DigiNotar B.V. is a Public Trusted Third Party in the Netherlands offering a full range of Certificate and Trust services enabling its clients to securely exploit the benefits of electronic communication via the Internet. DigiNotar services include issuance of X509 compliant certificates for strong authentication, Notarization and Secure archiving of transactions.

DigiNotar first entered the PKI business in 1996 and has achieved a unique position the Dutch market as a TTP since then. Its services are offered via almost 70 Dutch firms of local civil-law notaries who participate in the DigiNotar Trust model and perform the strong identity binding procedures that are required to comply with the digital signature requirements of EU and Dutch Government.

DigiNotar delivers its services to leading companies in the Netherlands including Government and Financial organizations. DigiNotar uses Baltimore UniCERT as the backbone for CA services.

About Baltimore Technologies
Baltimore Technologies’ products, services and solutions address the fundamental security needs of e-business in distributed environments. Baltimore’s e-security technology enables companies to verify the identity of electronic counterparties and securely manages which resources and information users can access through open networks. Many of the world’s leading organisations in Finance and Government have deployed Baltimore’s e-security technology to enable e-business over fixed and wireless networks. Baltimore offers worldwide support for its authorization management and public key-based authentication products.

Baltimore’s products, services and solutions are sold directly as well as through its worldwide partner network, Baltimore TrustedWorld. Baltimore Technologies is a public company, trading on the London Stock Exchange (BLM). For more information on Baltimore Technologies, please visit http://www.baltimore.com




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