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Safelayer forecasts double-digit growth and increases R&D&I investment in eID and e-Signature technology

Safelayer Secure Communications S.A., a leader in the development of technology for managing digital identification and trust in information, consolidates itself as a technology provider for certification services providers (CSPs) and increases its presence in the large corporation segment. The company, which anticipates a rise in demand for digital identification and electronic signature solutions, strengthens its strategy of differentiation through technology and innovation by increasing its R&D staff by over 20%.

Safelayer began the year with some notable additions to its Spanish client portfolio, among which included Iberia and Agbar. Outside of Spain, the company added Estonia's main CSP, AS Sertifitseerimiskeskus-provider of certificates for authentication and digital signature for the ID card-to its growing list of international clients in countries such as Portugal, France, Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, Panama, Morocco and Tunisia.

Throughout 2010, Safelayer continued to strengthen its market share in projects for certification services providers (CSPs), a sector in which the Spanish security software developer holds a strong position and has national and international clients using KeyOne electronic certification technology. It was also awarded projects for implementing identification and electronic signature platforms via its TrustedX product for clients such as CATCert and the Basque Ministries of Justice and Health.

Safelayer is committed to developing solutions for digital identification and trust, technologies for which it forecasts an increase in demand owing to the growing need for security in authentication and the electronic signature. According to Francisco Jordan, Safelayer's CEO and cofounder, "The need to develop new business channels and improve service over the Internet requires adopting secure digital identification and electronic signature methods. Taking advantage of our solid position in the local market, our strategy for growth is based on continuous technological innovation and internationalization."

In 2010, Safelayer's research took the form of the projects Trust as a Service (TaaS)-Trust Services in and for the Cloud, and Segur@-Security and Trust in the Information Society. TaaS is funded by the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce's AVANZA sub-program and is being carried out in collaboration with a university research center. Along with 12 other companies and 15 universities and research centers, Safelayer participated in the Segur@ project, which was scheduled to run 4 years and is funded by the CENIT program of the Center for Industrial Technological Development. According to Jordan, "Continued institutional support through R&D&I programs is fundamental for developing new technologies and the competitive improvement of our product offer."

Last year was also vital for Safelayer on the technological front as it marked the Common Criteria (CC) EAL4+ certification of the new version 3.0 of TrustedX. EAL4+ is the benchmark level of certification adopted by the ICT sector for providing the necessary and sufficient guarantees for quality and reliability. TrustedX was the first tool in its category to obtain this certification for all its functionality.

About Safelayer

Founded in May 1999, Safelayer Secure Communications S.A. (www.safelayer.com) is a Spanish company that specializes in developing security solutions for managing digital identity and trust in information. Its infrastructure solutions are used in government agencies, banking and finance, insurance, large corporations, and security service providers, such as CSPs. It is currently present in 13 countries across EMEA and LATAM via a distribution channel of 21 VARs.

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