Slovenia Moving to E-Government Service Model, E-Passports with Entrust Solutions



    
    Entrust and S&T Slovenija assist Slovenia in citizen-centric service model
    transformation
    

    DALLAS, Sept. 12 /CNW/ -- To extend its pattern of strong economic
growth, Slovenia wanted to ensure its government services -- both internally
and externally -- featured the most advanced security infrastructure
available. The country's government sought a method to implement a stronger
security foundation that would improve effectiveness and efficiency, make
government services more accessible to its citizens and stakeholders, as well
as secure their progressive e-passport program. They turned to a trusted
advisor, Entrust, Inc. (Nasdaq:   ENTU), who has experience in assisting
organizations located in more than 30 countries around the world -- including
all of the top five e-governments -- as well as a trusted local partner, S&T
Slovenija.
    "Our citizens and business partners want to conduct business with their
government securely and efficiently, so building out a trusted environment was
a critical step to underpin our growth as an e-government leader," said Dusan
Kricej, Deputy Director General at the Slovenian Ministry of Public
Administration. "Entrust serves as a trusted advisor to many countries that
have developed successful e-government models and we wanted to partner with a
security leader with that level of experience. The integration expertise of
S&T Slovenija helped these projects move quickly to meet our objectives."
    Based on Entrust Authority(TM) Security Manager (public key
infrastructure), Slovenia's Ministry of Public Administration operates two
certification authorities (CA), plus a time-stamping service for e-government
applications. The Slovenian General Certification Authority (SIGEN-CA) issues
qualified digital certificates for citizens, legal and natural persons, as
well as employees and servers of public administration institutions. The
Slovenian Governmental Certification Authority (SIGOV-CA) issues qualified
digital certificates for employees and servers of public administration
institutions. To facilitate further efficiency, SIGOV-CA and SIGEN-CA are
cross-certified -- a certificate issued by one is recognized by the other.
    As a benefit to citizens of Slovenia, this e-government environment
leverages digital certificates to help provide secure applications for tax
filing, driver's licenses, birth and marriage certificate requests, and change
of address certifications. Improved business applications include corporate
and VAT tax filing, business registration and customs declarations. The data
contained in Slovenian e-passports is also digitally signed using Entrust
software that is specifically designed to protect against fraud.
    The infrastructure also affords the Slovenian Time Stamping Authority
(SI-TSA) the ability to enable government agencies to provide reliable,
verifiable methods to determine when a form or document was submitted. This
capability, powered by Entrust(R) Secure Transaction Verification Server, is
key in practices such as income tax filing and other e-government services.
    "Slovenia has been on a fast track to build out key infrastructure to
support its citizenry and private sector," said Entrust Senior Vice President,
Global Solutions, Andrew Pinder. "Assisting the country with a solid security
foundation helps empower them to leverage a citizen- and business-centric
service model that helps both flourish."
    Modular and fully integrated, the Entrust Authority public key
infrastructure (PKI) portfolio is built on the foundation of Entrust Authority
Security Manager, the certification authority (CA) system responsible for
issuing and managing users' digital identities. Optional components can then
be easily integrated to help address an organization's unique security
requirements and transparently automate all security-related processes through
a single PKI.
    With a population of more than two million, Slovenia boasts a gross
national product of approximately $44 billion. As the first of the 10 new
members to join the European Union in 2004, the country also adopted the Euro
as its official currency in January 2007, making it the 13th country to join
the European monetary union.
    
    About S&T Slovenija
    
    S&T Slovenija is the leading Slovenian system integrator, majority owned
by S&T, with subsidiaries in 23 countries of Central and Eastern Europe, Asia
and the United States. S&T provides a wide range of services such as
consulting, education, software development, IT solution implementation and
maintenance. Its customers include the largest European telecommunication,
banking and energy institutions, as well as government and healthcare
organizations.
    S&T Slovenija employs more than 370 professionals, who, in cooperation
with the leading global IT providers, are focused on delivering quality
services and customer satisfaction. In 1995, S&T Slovenija was the first IT
company in Slovenia to obtain the ISO 9001 Quality Management Standard
certificate.
    
    About Entrust
    
    Entrust (Nasdaq:   ENTU) secures digital identities and information for
consumers, enterprises and governments in 1,650 organizations spanning 60
countries. Leveraging a layered security approach to address growing risks,
Entrust solutions help secure the most common digital identity and information
protection pain points in an organization. These include SSL, authentication,
fraud detection, shared data protection and e-mail security. For information,
call 888-690-2424, e-mail entrust@entrust.com or visit http://www.entrust.com.




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