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"LISI" will notably promote the expansion of the electronic signature in Spain

The Spanish firm signs new contracts with Spanish and foreign institutions and companies.

Safelayer believes the law will lead to a 20% rise in the Spanish electronic signature market this year, as the norm will become mandatory in December.

Safelayer Secure Communications, a company leader in the market of PKI security for digital identification, electronic signature and data encipherment, believes the entry into force of Article 2 of the Law of Measures to Promote the Information Society (LISI) will lead to a notable expansion of the electronic signature in Spain.

Safelayer believes the law will lead to a 20% rise in the Spanish electronic signature market over the course of the year, as the norm will become mandatory on 28 December.

Law 56/2007 of 28 December 2007 requires companies with particular bearing on economic activity (electrical, water and gas companies, telecommunication firms, banks and financial institutions, insurance companies, department stores, transport firms and travel agencies) to facilitate a telematic means of communication for users of their services who are in possession of recognised electronic signature certificates.

The purpose of this law is to ensure that citizens have an electronic communication channel with companies whose services have a particular bearing on their daily lives: those that have over one hundred workers, or those whose annual sales volume exceeds 6,010,121.04 euros and, in all cases, those working in the sectors mentioned above.

Safelayer believes the entry into force of the law will also help to reinforce its position as market leader in Spain. According to Adrián Moure, the company's Vice President, “we will meet the demands this law will generate with our TrustedX technology, currently the most advanced and recognised platform, not only nationally but also internationally, for implementing electronic signatures in any technological infrastructure in a manner that is both simple and non-intrusive. TrustedX,” adds Moure, “is an essential element for solving problems related to security and trust when exchanging documents and data between businesses and service users, providing electronic relations with authentication, integrity, long-term non-repudiation and data protection.”

New contracts inside Spain and abroad

In addition to these expectations for this year, Safelayer has signed new contracts in the field of security with leading companies and institutions such as Banco Pastor, T-Systems, Bankinter and Caja España in Spain, and with Brazilian bank Banrisul and the National Postal Service of Uruguay, among others. The company has also continued to strengthen its internationalisation process, signing agreements with partners in Uruguay, Morocco and Brazil, and it has plans to close other agreements in Italy and Turkey in the coming weeks.

Quality

Quality, another of the company’s mainstays, has been recognised in 2007. CCN (CNI) has included KeyOne 3.0 on its list of certified products. Moreover, Safelayer technology has been used for the most important international interoperability project, the Long-Term Storage Plug Test.

These tests, organised by the Next Generation Electronic Commerce Promotion Council of Japan, in collaboration with the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), aim to establish the consistency of electronic signature and interoperability standards between the various products and tools that are currently on the market.

Manufacturers from Europe, Asia and North America have taken part in the tests to determine the implementation of the various ETSI, CAdES and XAdES signature standards for storing electronically signed documents over long periods of time. The tests have been carried out between November 2007 and February 2008.

It is also worth mentioning the different contracts for standardisation and interoperability between products that were signed last year with leading multinationals working in the field of digital security and identification, including Oberthur, GyD, Datacard, SafeNet and Gemalto.

Lastly, Safelayer and the Spanish Institute of Communication Technologies (INTECO) have signed an agreement to promote the use of security technologies in Spanish companies. By means of this agreement, Inteco and Safelayer aim to promote training and raise public awareness of the information security among SMEs.

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