Currently holds the position of Sales Director at Microsec Ltd., the Hungarian e-Szigno Qualified Certificate Authority. He has been in this position since 2007 and has built the e-Szigno Business Solutions operations over the course of the last four years. Previously, András has held the position of Partner with a business consulting firm where he was responsible for sales, human resources and project management operations. András is a certified economist. He has an MBA degree from the Budapest University of Economic Sciences, as well as a master degree from Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Paris. He has also completed some of his studies in the United States. He currently lives in Budapest, Hungary. He considers himself both a dreamer and a doer. He thinks he is lucky to have the possibility to work in the PKI sector, where opportunities are just beginning to manifest.
Dr. Bendig-Wielowiejski studied at the Szczecin University of Technology and at Electrotechnical Institute Leningrad in Russia (currently Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University – Russia). He worked successively: in the industry as an expert in automation, IT specialist, and then at the Szczecin University of Technology as a lecturer. Afterwards as a manager – he is one of the pioneers and creators of public key infrastructure (PKI) and development of electronic signature technology in Poland. In 1998 he established the first and currently the largest Polish certification authority (CERTUM – General Certification Authority) providing global public services related to electronic signature. He is currently President and General Director of Unizeto Technologies SA, one of the leading systems integrators and providers of information systems in Poland, being known for its own services and solutions related to eBusiness in particular electronic signature and electronic document. Member of numerous economic and advisory bodies of Szczecin and the region, Chairman of Supervisory Board of Szczecin Science and Technology Park.
Graduated from the Faculty of Mechatronics at the Warsaw University of Technology. He then went on to complete post-graduate studies in the field of Telecommunication, Information Technology and Management in the Faculty of Electronics and Information Technology at the Warsaw University of Technology. In the years 1993-1999, Inspector, Senior Inspector, Manager of the IT team; Plenipotentiary of the President of Information Technology Affairs in the Agricultural Market Agency.
From 1999 to 2007, Director of the Office of Teleinformation in the Agricultural Market Agency.
In the years 2006-2007 , lecturer in the post-graduate course at the Warsaw Agricultural University.
In December 2007 , Advisor to the Vice President of the Council of Ministers, the Minister of Economy Waldemar Pawlak.
Mr. Jordi Buch has a degree in Technical Telecommunications Engineering and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. For more than 15 years, he has worked in the field of security in telematic networks, chiefly on matters related to eID and eSignature solutions technology. He participated in the creation of the first Spanish CERT, having developed the coordination of security incidents with the CERTs in other countries. He has also participated in several Master’s courses on ICT Security at different Spanish institutions and taken part as a track chair in many international seminars and conferences.
Since its foundation, Mr. Buch has worked at Safelayer Secure Communications, a Spanish company that develops security software solutions for managing digital identity, electronic signatures and data protection. Safelayer’s technology is being used in the world’s biggest citizen identification project, the Spanish National eID Card, which has a scope of over 40 million citizens. As a market leader, the company has achieved a solid position in the banking and government sectors and has established new commercial agreements in the Italian and Polish markets, consolidating its distribution channel that comprises 21 VARs in countries including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Colombia, Portugal, France and Morocco.
Jacek Czech studied at the Technical University of Warsaw and Technical University of Radom. He also completed postgraduate studies at the Warsaw School of Economics, School of Stock Market L’Ecole de la Bourse and the MBO IF London course. Because of professional duties he has a number of technical and business certificates. He participated in many symposia and conferences, also as a lecturer and trainer. His professional career has always been related to the area of technology and business. Beginning in the ’80s from the position of service specialist in the former TELKOM he dealt with implementing telecommunications systems in Poland and abroad. He was the founder, and then the Chairman of the Board of TeleComp. The next stage was an 8-year occupation at Telekomunikacja Polska, where Jacek Czech was working as Departments Director and TPSA Group Programs Director. He is now Deputy Secretary General of the National Chamber of Commerce (KIG), responsible for innovation, development and contacts between scientific and business circles. He has been taking an active part in creating the environment for the idea of e-economy in Poland. He was a member of the team that developed strategic plans for informatization of Poland in the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration, he was the founder and chairman of the Committee of Computer Networks and Business Strategy at the National Chamber of Commerce. Currently, besides working at the National Chamber of Commerce, he is a member of the Steering Committee at the Ministry of Economy dealing with issues relating to e-economy, including the implementation of the Services Directive in Poland, cooperating with the Ministry of Interior in implementing the e-platform ePUAP in the field dedicated to businesses. He is the advisor to the President of the Polish – Israeli Chamber of Commerce in particular in the area of ICT. He is a President of the LEM Foundation dealing with the implementation of EU projects in the area of e-inclusion. On behalf of the National Chamber of Commerce Jacek Czech supervises the realization of several EU projects in the field of innovative economy. Currently he is also the Chairman of the Supervisory Boards in two companies.
SEALED is the association of the skills and expertise from two senior e-Security & e-Solutions consultants, Sylvie Lacroix (CISA) and Olivier Delos (CISSP, CISA), totalizing more than 30 years of experience in e-Security. SEALED is specialised in e-Signatures, e-Proofs, PKI and eID design & consulting.
Through SEALED, they position themselves as architects of your e-Solutions and e-Security services.
“Architects” in the full sense as this covers not only the analysis and design part of these services fitting your business needs but also the organisation, management and follow-up of the realisation of such solutions, either through the writing of RFPs or the selection of the most appropriate solutions builders.
They advise numerous customers including European governments, enterprises, the European Commission, as well as international institutions. They participated to or conducted numerous and significant projects and studies around electronic signatures, contributing to the improvement of their interoperable and cross-border use. They are also active speakers on conferences.
They are also the designers of a patented method to reconcile citizen eID schemes with business identity needs, e.g., in the context of electronic signatures.
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Mr. Domingo worked in Chamber of commerce and Industry of Madrid, where he was responsible for New Technologies and Innovation department (2002 -2004). AC CAMERFIRMA – Certification Authority of the Chambers of Commerce and member of Chambersign. He worked in one of the first Certification Authorities since 2004 to 2009 as Marketing Manager and Director. Coordinator of the 85 Chambers of Commerce in Spain. Member of the Commission of new technologies of the High Council of Chambers of Commerce, Product development: digital signature appliances , definition of PKI processes, PKI products, e-invoice products, etc. He designs plans for modernization and security companies and government (electronic signatures, control access, strong authentication, electronic billing, e-invoice). He is responsible for the development of Guidelines for the Chambers of Commerce: electronic invoicing, digital certification, eGovernment , certified scanning. He is an advisor on electronic signature legislation of the Government Advisory Council through the High Council of Chambers of Commerce. He collaborated in the development of different CA: certChile , Certicámara (Colombia), CA Chamber of Commerce of Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), GSE (Colombia), RA Chamber of Commerce of Guatemala, CA in the Chamber of Commerce of Uruguay, etc. He was also cooperating with Ibermatica, where he was responsible for Trusted Banking project – 2009. Project of the Ministry of Industry of Spain on security in e-banking. Definition of the requirements of the platform, digital identity, PKI, signature formats,Cryptographic hardware, TSA, multi PKI validation platform, long electronic signatures, etc. He is currently an independent consultant on electronic signatures. Consultant of different certification authorities: AC Camerfirma (Spain) , AC FirmaProfesional (Spain), AC Edicom (Spain), MultiCert (Portugal), CA GSE (Colombia), RA Chamber of Commerce of Guatemala, etc.
Aleksander Donos studied at the Institute of Cryptography of Communications and Informatics at the Academy of Federal Security Service of Russia. In 1998-2003 he worked in the Information and Security Service of the Republic of Moldova. He is one of the authors of the Act on electronic documents and electronic signatures of the Republic of Moldova as well as the creator of PKI and electronic signature technologies in Moldova. 2003-2010 he was CEO of state-owned enterprise “Centre of special telecommunications ” – Information and Security Agency, which specializes in information security, including electronic signatures technologies related to the operation and development of state-protected information systems and telecommunications. He currently works as a Deputy Director of Information and Security Agency. Since 2008 he has been a Chairman of the Committee on Information Security Coordination Council of the Commonwealth of Independent States for computerization in the Regional Communications Union, working in committee since 2005.
Mr. Graux is an IT lawyer at the Brussels based law firm time.lex (www.timelex.eu). He graduated in Law in 2002, and obtained a complementary degree in IT in 2003. He then joined the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and Information Technology of the Catholic University of Leuven (www.icri.be), where he did fundamental research on a number of IT law related issues, with a specific focus on electronic identity management through the European ModinisIDM Study. In May 2005 he joined the IT law department of the Brussels based law firm Lawfort, where he continued his participation in a number of European level studies. His expertise lies mainly in the collection and analysis of legal and policy information in international studies, and in formulating specific policy recommendations in this field. In July 2007, he co-founded the IT law firm time.lex, where he is currently a partner and legal counsel.
Doctor of technical sciences, advisor to the General Director of Gazinformserwis (www.gaz-is.ru), since 2005 – deputy chairman of the program committee of the annual international conference on the use of the public key “PKI-Forum, Russia” (www.PKI-forum.ru). Specialist in the area of modern information and communication technologies in the working group Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.
Deputy Director of the Electronic Economy Department of the Polish Ministry of Economy, He graduated from the Faculty of Economic Sciences at the Warsaw University with a specialization in economic cybernetics and computer science. He also has a degree in industrial automation.
Professional experience includes working in industry, banking, government administration and at the institute for scientific – research.
Mr. Nowak has managed software development, consulting and business development activities for over 25 years. Originally from Poland, Mr. Nowak had spent a number of years in Canada where he held senior managerial positions, mostly in the banking technology space. After returning to Europe in the 1990’s, Mr. Nowak became a Director in the German division of one the world largest consulting companies, Logica plc., where he supervised implementation of several large scale initiatives in the Investment Banking and International Payments areas. Subsequently, Mr. Nowak moved to a German IT security company, KOBIL Systems GmbH, where he headed International Business Development. He is currently working in a similar capacity at CREALOGIX E-Banking AG, the leading Swiss provider of e-banking and IT security solutions. Mr. Nowak has managed as key accounts large national and international companies, such as: Société Générale, Banco Santander, ZDF (German public TV), UBS, Citibank and many others.
Mr. Nowak holds a Master of Computer Science degree from Politechnika Sląska in Gliwice, Poland, and an MBA degree from the Heriot-Watt University of Edinburgh, UK.
Graduated from Warsaw University of Technology, Warsaw School of Economics and the National Defence University (NDU). Contributor of draft of the act on electronic signature. Twice InfoStar Prize Winner in the IT solutions area. Vice President of PTI, a member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association AFCEA. PIIT Nobel Prize for 2010. CEO of Trusted Information Consulting.
Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at the West-Pomeranian Technical University, Information Security Team Manager, a specialist in the field of public key infrastructure (PKI) and PKI services, applied cryptography methods, control of access to sensitive information, authentication and authorization systems as well as technical and legal problems of electronic signature.
Legal adviser in KIR SA, qualified entity providing certification services, co-author of the Polish Act on electronic signature and its accompanying regulations, lecturer at many conferences on computer science and electronic signature, author of several publications on electronic signatures, including the comprehensive study: „Podpis elektroniczny. Komentarz”.
In 1998 Doctor of Law Przemysław Polański obtained his degree of Bachelor of Business Systems at the Monash University in Melbourne (Australia). In 1999, after completing legal studies at Poznań University (Poland) he obtained his Master degree in Law. In years 2000 – 2004 he was a Ph.D. student at the University of Melbourne, and conducted multidisciplinary research on legal and technical aspects of international e-commerce law. In 2001 he was granted PORES stipend at Utrecht University (the Netherlands) and for 9 months he carried out his research on the research methodology of Internet users’ practice by means of intelligent software agents. In 2004 he obtained his doctoral degree in the field of law and exact sciences at Melbourne University. Since October 2005 he has been a researcher at the CBKE as a grant holder of Marie Curie Actions in the framework of „Electronic Communications Legal Expertise Transfer” Project, which is realized by the CBKE in the 6th Framework Programme of the European Union. He lectures on “International electronic commerce law” to students, doctorats and researchers and is director of the Electronic Publications Department at C.H. Beck.
Dr. Ronchi has conducted academic and applied industrial research for over 15 years, publishing numerous articles in refereed journals, lecturing at leading scientific institutions and conferences and working on several international patents. Prior to his current occupation as CEO of EISST Limited, Dr. Ronchi has worked for leading global corporations, such as AT&T, Cisco Systems, and Telecom Italia.
Dr. Ronchi consults on a regular basis with leading European and USA corporations on strategic issues concerning information security technologies applied to Internet-based business models and business-critical applications. He has worked on helping enterprises meet their critical e-com business objectives in cross-cultural and cross-industry applications, with focus on information security systems applied to the enterprise. His background includes extensive experience in various industries including telecommunications, consumer products and financial services.
Originally from Brazil, Dr. Ronchi holds a Master’s degree in theoretical astrophysics from “La Sapienza” University of Rome (Italy), and a Ph.D. in applied and computational physics from Cornell University (Ithaca, USA).
Dr. Ronchi is a member of the (ISC) Electorate and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
Chairman of the Technical Committee for the identity cards of the Polish Committee for Standardization (PKN). Graduate of Szczecin University of Technology (major Automation at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering). He has been cooperating with Unizeto since 1993, where he continued work on the practice of the use of cryptographic cards. Co-founder of CERTUM – General Certification Authority. He supervises works related to the development of products and services offered by Unizeto Technologies SA, especially in the field of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and e-signature.
Mr. Stienen is working at the European Commission’s ISA Programme on Trusted Information Exchange activities regarding electronic signatures, electronic identities and secure data communication. He worked as a Senior Policy Adviser at the Netherlands Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations before he joined DG Informatics at the European Commission in 2008. In the Netherlands Mr. Stienen was working on information security policy and electronic authentication. He holds an MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management Science from Eindhoven University of Technology.
Expert in the Task Force for the overruling of the Legal and Procedural Barriers to e-Administration of Committee of the Council of Ministers for Informatzation and Communications (participating in the drafting works related to changes’ assumptions of the Act on Informatization), expert of the Extraordinary Parliamentary Subcommittee on the government draft amendment to the act on computerization of entities performing public tasks, act – Code of Administrative Procedure, Tax Ordinance Act and some other acts, member of working group of Civil Law Codification Commission for development of provisions of the Civil Code concerning legal transactions, member of expert team of the Minister of Justice for the drafts of legal acts on electronic legal proceedings in civil cases, associate of the Centre for Research on Electronic Communications, Wrocław University, Head of the Law and Social Politics Department, Silesian School of Management, arbitrator and mediator in the Court of Arbitration at the Regional Chamber of Commerce in Katowice, author of many publications (including foreign publications) and the expertise in the field of electronic document exchange, including those relating to electronic signatures.
Joined Bit4id as Vice President International Sales in January 2009. Prior to joining Bit4id, a leading provider of products and solutions for strong authentication, digital signature and e-invoicing; Mr. Tornatore spent almost 2 years with SCM Microsystems GmbH, also a supplier company of products for secure access and secure exchange, managing a broad range of business development and sales activities in the Mediterranean region.
Previously, from 2002 to 2007, he worked in Incard belongs ST Microelectronics, a specialty semiconductor manufacturer for the smart card industry. Working for several years in the smart card sector, he held various sales and business line management positions with ST Incard including the account management of Telenor GSM Telecommunication Group and other major Telecom Operators.From 2000 to 2002, Mr. Tornatore was also Customer Service and Sales Support Engineer in Agusta-Westland.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the “Federico II” University in Naples and he attended at several courses about business and sales management in different European Universities.
Institute of Mathematical Machines, Poland
Payment Systems Development Manager at Wincor Nixdorf, has been working in the payment industry for approximately 10 years. Participated in numerous card projects in Poland and abroad. A graduate of Warsaw University of Technology. Profesionally deals with mathematical aspects of information security, what was also subject of his doctoral dissertation. Member of the Polish Committee for Standardisation.
Deputy Head of Public Services Office of the Federal Agency for Information Technologies in Moscow. The Federal Agency for Information Technologies is the national supervision body for the e-signature issues in the Russian Federation.Analyst for technology management information systems. Representative of the Federal Agency. Areas of interest: complex public administration system, development of national public key infrastructure in the areas of services targeting public administration and business, issues of cross-border electronic signature recognition.
On 9 – 11 June 2010 in Amber Baltic Hotel in Międzyzdroje took place the 10th edition of the European Forum on Electronic Signature – EFPE 2010, under the honorary patronage of the Minister of Economy, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), the Polish Committee for Standardization (PKN) and the Polish Bank Association.
This Europe’s largest annual international conference on electronic signature and PKI was attended by 110 participants from 16 countries in Europe and Asia: Belarus, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Moldova, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom (together 51 participants from abroad) and Poland. Attendees represented certification authorities from different countries, software and hardware solutions suppliers, the European Commission, as well as national public administration representatives including the Polish Ministry of Economic, Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Interior and Administration.
The tenth, jubilee edition of EFPE became an occasion to summarize the activities related to electronic signatures and PKI issues since the past 10 years. The conference also allowed to estimate development of practical applications of e-signature and e-identification in Poland, in the European Union, as well as in Russia and other countries.
The main topic of the conference was “European plan on e-signature and e-identity”. A special emphasis in the conference agenda additionally to lectures, presentations and practical workshops was paid to discussions and polemics conducted during two roundtables with participation of representatives of government and business experts, namely:
Electronic signature, interoperability and general electronic services. Are we finally witnessing the beginning of a breakthrough on the European scale?” oraz Electronic identification of a citizen in public services systems – are local solutions leading to isolation or are we going to achieve cross border information exchange?”
As every year, there was an open exchange of views between the participants of the conference in the field of implemented concepts, technologies and solutions. In particular special attention was paid to interoperability problems and cross-border solutions designed for the use within a single country, the European Union, the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) and in the wider international scale. Representatives of EU countries agreed with the thesis that in recent years there has been clear progress in creating a legal framework for effective use of electronic communication in business and administration. Attention was also paid to the role of the new electronic signatures services, such as cross-border electronic signature verification or certificates attributes infrastructure.
However mostly discussed issues were related to the risks and barriers blocking the development of information society. Very high emotions aroused presentations and speeches about the need to harmonize acts in different countries with the directives and other EU regulations. As resulting from many speeches related to abovementioned harmonization many countries will have to face problems in adjusting legal systems, unfortunately including Poland. It has been also confirmed by the lively discussion on the draft of the new Polish act on electronic signatures and the draft of act on identity cards. Discussion participants pointed out preferred in our country local solutions of “insular” character which even could be seen as isolation in relation to the European Union.
Strongly discussed was also the necessity of a comprehensive approach in the field of legislative changes. Legal acts should not be created without not having estimated their impact on other regulations, and without the possibility of practical implementation of these laws.
Conference participants repeatedly remarked that according to the European Commission Decision of 16.10.2009 on the recognition of electronic signatures, basic and universally recognizable form of a legally binding signature should be the electronic signature based on a qualified certificate. Precisely in order to implement this idea there has been recently created the EU List of Lists, containing a list of qualified certification authorities operating in different EU countries (TSL lists).
EFPE 2010 Conclusions and recommendations
As a result of numerous discussions the main threats and demands have been identified, that as a final summary were made by a commission in the form of nine EFPE 2010 conference conclusions. Meeting those conclusions, according to the vast majority of the conference participants, should lead to the achievement of interoperability and cross-border exchange of electronic signatures and documents, and thus ensure the successful implementation of the European development plan for electronic signature and electronic identity, therefore:
Coordination of state e-government services, e-Goverment in each country should be conducted at the central level to avoid single departments solutions and lack of interoperability across the entire government.
Each implementation related to electronic communications should apply technology solutions which ensure certain level of security adequate to the identified level of risk. If a transaction requires the signature of the individual person an electronic signature, based on a qualified certificate should be used. This will ensure cooperation between different systems within the particular country and internationally.
Acts and regulations on electronic signatures and electronic documents should not contain detailed technical requirements, but should only refer to the norms and standards. In case of Poland the legitimacy of the inclusion of Polish Committee for Standardization in the legislative work relating to technical requirements has been submitted.
The level of confidence of certification services and other services related to electronic signatures, such as time stamping, verification of electronic signatures and issuing certificates of attributes should be clearly defined, so that the users of these services could be aware of their reliability. For entities providing services with the highest level of reliability similar criteria could be applied, as in the case of entities issuing qualified certificates.
Legal regulations and implementing projects are mainly aimed at solving the problems of public administration, and are not taking strong enough the requirements and expectations of business and individual users or consumers in the field of availability, scope and quality of electronic services into the account.
If we want to ensure electronic document cross-border exchange between the European Union (EU) and other countries special attention should be paid to the decisions of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) on the common customs territory of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus, where the role of a trusted Third Party of certification services was indentified, in order to solve the problems related to the interoperability of systems operating in different countries.
There is a strong need for closer cooperation between the relevant committees of the EU and Russia as well as organizations representing the interests of other countries interested in creating legal and technical framework, that will allow to achieve the cooperation in exchanging electronic documents between all countries. It would be beneficial if the representatives participated in the meetings of working groups developing the legal and technical framework of e-documents and e-signature. It is required in order to achieve the possibility of electronic exchange between the UE and the countries of the CIS.
European Union countries creating national system of electronic documents, e-identity should comply with the standards and directives on electronic signatures and e-identification of the citizen in order to achieve interoperability of national systems in various EU countries, and above all, in order to avoid e-inclusion of citizens from different countries in terms of electronic document exchange within the Union.
EU countries should notify all drafts of acts concerning the use of electronic signatures and electronic identity as well as identification in order not to block by the Union the already adopted regulations in the particular countries, which have not undergone prior notification. This case had already happened in the past.
Międzyzdroje, Poland 11.06.2010
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