Mar 4, 2010

OpenLimit registers Bürgerclient for certification

BSI confirms the registration at the CeBIT
OpenLimit officially applied for the certification of Bügerclient at the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). At the IT trade fair CeBIT in Hanover, Bernd Kowalski, head of department for certification, registration, conformity checks and new technologies of the BSI, handed over the confirmation letter about the receipt of the certification application to Marc Gurov, CEO of OpenLimit, yesterday. “We’re very pleased to have been able to register the Bürgerclient for the certification. So for now we’re proceeding on schedule,” said Gurov during the handover.

Secure online identification with the help of Bürgerclient
The Bürgerclient is the application software for the new identity card which will be issued from November 1st, 2010. With the help of this program card holders can securely and unequivocally identify themselves in the future. Furthermore, the software enables users to make use of the electronic signature and the encryption. Registry offices will provide the Bürgerclient as free download from November on. OpenLimit has been developing the Bürgerclient as subcontractor of Siemens IT Solutions and Services, the general contractor of the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI). Siemens is responsible for the entire architecture of the new authentication solutions.

Evaluation in accordance with strict security standards
It is of the highest importance for the BMI that users installing the Bürgerclient on their computers can trust the software. Therefore the tender for the Bürgerclient has determined that the software should fulfill the highest degree of international security requirements. From now on, the software will thus be evaluated and certified in accordance with the guidelines of the international security catalog Common Criteria as well as it will be verified in accordance with the guidelines of the Signature Law. In addition to the technical evaluation, the software will also undergo an extensive conformity check in terms of usability and accessibility.

OpenLimit registers Bürgerclient for certification

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