Azerbaijan to complete PKI project for e-signatures

Azerbaijan to complete PKI project for e-signatures
# 02 December 2008 16:10 (UTC +04:00)
Baku. Ilhama Isabalayeva – APA-Economics. By October next year, a consortium of IT firms - Ultra Computers, Azerin and Microsoft Baku Office will complete the work for a setting up a public key infrastructure (PKI) for the introduction of e-signatures, said Teymur Akhundov, Director General of Microsoft-Azerbaijan.
He added that the pilot phase of the project will be completed in next March.
According to him, everybody in the country will have an electronic smart card containing his/her encoded signature after the activities are completed.
The consortium won a tender form Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Communication and Information Technologies to set up PKI in the country.
The first e-signature will be issued next year in accordance with the E-Signature and E-Document Law.
PKI is an arrangement that binds public keys with respective user identities by means of a certificate authority (CA). The user identity must be unique for each CA. The binding is established through the registration and issuance process, which, depending on the level of assurance the binding has, may be carried out by software at a CA, or under human supervision. The PKI role that assures this binding is called the Registration Authority (RA) . For each user, the user identity, the public key, their binding, validity conditions and other attributes are made unforgeable in public key certificates issued by the CA.
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