FutureTrust Partners

Ruhr-University Bochum

Ruhr - Universität Bochum (RUB) is Germany’s sixth largest university with a strong track record in cutting - edge research. The chair for Network and Data Security (NDS), held by Prof. Dr. Jörg Schwenk, is embedded in the Horst Görtz Institute for IT -Security (HGI). The HGI consists of ten groups and is among Europe’s leading research institutions in IT security. Among the HGI’s many accomplishments are one ERC Consolidator Grant (Prof. Eike Kiltz), one ERC Starting Grant (Prof. Thorsten Holz), co-founding of the ECRYPT Network of Excellence I and II (2003- 2012) and Germany’s only DFG research training group (“Graduiertenkolleg”) in cryptography, Challenges for Cryptography in Ubiquitous Computing, headed by Christof Paar. The HGI has organized a large variety of conferences, including Eurocrypt 2009 and CHES 2003. The HGI offers one B.Sc. and three M.Sc. programs in IT security. With more than 150 incoming students annually and over 700 enrolled students, RUB has by far the largest academic programs in security in Germany. RUB strives to provide the best possible environment for research and innovation. RUB and regional partners have thus founded the Project Management Network for Innovation (PMNI) to free its researchers from the requirement of financial and administrative management and create long-standing, stable working relationships with funding authorities. With a strong network of industry partners, RUB is currently in the process of forming the Bochum Institute of Technology (boIT) to effectively address the gap between advanced research results and usable technology on the one hand , and to provide technical project management, as well as, administrative and structural support for research projects on the other hand. PMNI and boIT personnel will symbiotically interact to establish a frictionless environment, where researchers and project partners can focus on their core competencies and projects stay on track.

ecsec GmBH

ecsec GmbH is a specialized vendor of innovative solutions in the sector of security in the information and communication technology, security management, smart card technology, identity management, web security and electronic signature technology. Based on experiences from several consulting projects with international reach ecsec GmbH counts to the leading providers in this sector and supports well known customers within the conception and implementation of tailor-made solutions. Due to the observance of current results of science and technology and current and future international standards, an excellent consulting quality and sustainable customer prosperity are guaranteed. ecsec GmbH was distinguished by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology within the “Trusted Cloud” program for the innovative employment of modern electronic identity (eID) and cloud technology within the “SkIDentity–Trusted Identities for the Cloud” project and has received the award “Selected Landmark in the Land of Ideas” for its “BürgerCloud” project in which citizen may use modern eID technology for purposes of electronic democracy. The innovative SkIDentity service provides “Mobile eID as a Service” and has recently received the “European Identity & Cloud Award 2015” as well as the “EuroCloud Deutschland Award 2015” and has itself been distinguished as “Selected Landmark in the Land of Ideas 2015”.


For more than 27 years, EEMA has been Europe’s leading independent, non-profit e-Identity & Cyber Security association, working with its European members, governmental bodies, standards organisations and interoperability initiatives throughout Europe to further e-Business and legislation. EEMA’s remit is to educate and inform over 1,500 contacts on the latest developments and technologies, at the same time enabling members of the association to compare views and ideas. The work produced by the association with its members (projects, papers, seminars, tutorials and reports etc.) is funded by both membership subscriptions and revenue generated through fee-paying events. All of the information generated by EEMA and its members is available to other members free of charge. Any organisation involved in e-Identity or Security (usually of a European or global nature) can become a member of EEMA, and any employee of that organisation is then able to participate in EEMA activities. Examples of organisations taking advantage of EEMA membership are Volvo, KPMG, Deloitte, ING, BankIDNorge, Rabobank, Bankenes Standard, Sonofi Aventis, Verisign, Verizon, Thales eSecurity, Novartis, Metropolitan Police, McAfee, Adobe, Magyar Telecom Rt, National Communications Authority, Hungary, Ministerion de Trabajo, Nokia, European Commission, Microsoft, NETS, Orange, Fedict, BCS, Consult Hyperion, Atos and Siemens to name but a few. Role in the project and main tasks EEMA will act as dissemination and exploitation partner using its expertise and activities to disseminate the project, its research and results to the community. It will also establish mechanisms for long term exploitation of the outcomes of the project.

Arhs Spikeseed

Arηs ([aris]) is a fully independent group of companies active in Luxembourg and Belgium specialized in managing complex IT projects and systems. The group focuses on state-of-the-art software development, business intelligence, digital trust, enterprise architecture and infrastructure services. In 2013 Arηs Developments and Arηs Developments Belgium have been appraised at the level 2 of the Capability Maturity Model Integration of the CMMI Institute. The Arηs Group is ISO 9001:2008 certified since 2009. We analyse complexity and deliver simplicity. Our assets and expertise cover several domains including mobile applications, trans-European systems, semantic search layers, web portals, operation of IT systems and digital signature. Arηs is indeed the creator of the publicly available Open Source reference implementation Digital Signature Service (DSS), which is quickly becoming a standard in the EU market being used by several institutions in different countries. DSS is used in large projects such as e-CODEX, the e-Justice portal of the European Commission or the French ANTS 2D-doc processing. With more than 600 consultants, the Arηs Group proposes a specific and competitive delivery model on a fixed price basis, a classical time and means mode in the client’s premises or a fully managed service with a 24/7 Service Level Agreement. We believe in a local service, close to our customers, avoiding any offshore outsourcing. Through our Software Factories in Luxembourg and Brussels we promote a dynamic and local environment where young and experienced people can realize themselves. Arηs has a successful track record since its incorporation in 2003, and has, since then, built up a large number of satisfied clients that includes many top companies and some of the largest local government agencies. Arηs is a major provider of services to the European institutions.We leverage a flexible, independent and responsive organisation.

The Federal Computing Centre of Austria

The Federal Computing Centre of Austria – Bundesrechenzentrum (BRZ) is the market-leading e-government partner of the federal administration in Austria. Primarily, the BRZ is in charge of approximately 1,200 employees, 3,000 servers and has equipped 1,200 locations throughout Austria with infrastructure; this service has successfully deployed more than 300 IT-processes. Overall, the BRZ supports more than 400 e-government applications that are used by five million users. The BRZ runs one of Austria's largest computing centres, its own parallel computing centre and ensures one of the most reliable infrastructures available. The Federal Computing Centre of Austria is also an internationally renowned cooperation partner and has been part of projects such as the Euritas (European Association of Public IT service provider).


PwC (formerly PriceWaterhouseCoopers) is a global leader in advice and assurance. The strength and reach of the PwC network enables us to offer globally consistent services and work for a broad range of clients, from public sector clients and large multinationals to small locally-based organisations. Drawing on the talent and capabilities of more than 180,000 people in 158 counties, PwC provides a full range of industry-focused assurance, tax and business consulting services. With a well-established presence and network of local offices in all 28 EU Member States, EEA countries and EU candidate and potential candidate countries, we are able to provide our clients with multi-lingual, multi-national service teams with an excellent knowledge of local markets and specificities, ensuring both the consistency and quality of the services we deliver in all the countries


The DFN-CERT offers advice and services for more security on the Internet. In particular, the protection of computers and computer networks against attacks and the security of electronic communication are among the services of DFN-CERT Services GmbH . To this end, the DFN-CERT safety know-how bundles in close cooperation with German and international computer emergency teams . This is where hints and information from all over the world come together. The DFN-CERT has many years of experience in building and operating scalable and powerful security infrastructures. This includes the operation of advanced certification bodies.

University of Leipzig

Thanks to an outstanding international profile in teaching, study and research, Leipzig is among the most successful German universities when it comes to internationalisation. This is a central component of our strategic development: for expanding international research alliances, for opening up to qualified international students and young researchers, and for enhancing the international mobility of its members.

Hochschule Coburg

Our Mission: Holistic education, research and the further development of our university are close to our hearts. We operate them in accordance with the requirements of the times, with sensitivity to the needs of all university members, but also with the awareness of belonging to an institution that has evolved over two centuries from a professional training institution to a modern university with a wide range of subjects.


Primuss provides Central operation and central administration of campus management systems. Further development of the PRIMUSS specialist application and the associated online services includes DMS and workflow integration in close cooperation with the users. It also provides coordination / central connection digital communication with third party systems.

University of Southampton

The Institute for Law and the Web at the University of Southampton (ILAWS) was established to work on the legal issues, problems and opportunities associated with the Internet, the Web and digital technology. It is a unique interdisciplinary research centre that combines legal expertise in key domains such as information technology law, ecommerce, Information Technology (IT) law and public policy, and intellectual property (IP) law. The Institute combines a brief to look at the crucial current issues for commerce and government, alongside cutting-edge ‘futuregazing’ to discover what the legal issues of the future will be. ILAWS members work closely with colleagues in the University of Southampton and beyond in disciplines such as cyber security, psychology, web science etc. It now has six full time members of staff, four visiting research fellows and a dozen PhD students. ILAWS is a partner in a high profile University of Southampton research centre: the Southampton Cyber Security centre of excellence.


MULTICERT – Serviços de Certificação Electrónica S.A. is a company broadly connected to the new information and communication technologies, focused in electronic certification and electronic communication / transaction security. Specialized in this area the company has begun its activity in 2002 having CTT (Portuguese Post Office), SIBS (Portuguese ACH and inter-banking services operator), INCM (Portuguese Mint) and Portugal Telecom as stakeholders. MULTICERT is committed to render electronic certification services for the security in the electronic business, and valuate, diffuse and stimulate the development of the Digital Economy, in Portugal and in Europe.

Giesecke + Devrient GmbH

Giesecke + Devrient Mobile Security (G+D) is part of the leading global technology provider (G&D) with its headquarters in Munich, Germany, and 58 subsidiaries, joint ventures, and associated companies in 31 countries. At the end of 2014, G&D had approximately 11,450 employees and in fiscal year 2014 generated total sales of 1.83 billion EUR. Security, competence, and trust are the watchwords of the Group. Its innovative products, systems, and services make G&D a reliable partner for governments, central banks, public authorities, and other companies. Its portfolio includes security solutions for banknote production and processing (Banknote business unit), as well as smartcards, software, and services for safeguarding electronic applications, particularly in the fields of telecommunications, electronic payment and mobile identity (Mobile Security business unit). As an end-to-end provider of mobile security applications, G&D develops and sells hardware, software, and services for banks, mobile network operators, public transportation companies, business enterprises, and OEM. It also provides high-security solutions for healthcare cards, travel documents, and ID systems that are usable both as a traditional means of identification and to authenticate and secure online business transactions (Government Solutions business unit). G&D’s success is based on trust, security, and professional expertise. Innovative, customer-centric products, system solutions, and services make G&D a reliable partner for governments, central banks, security printers, commercial cash center operators, public authorities, and companies

Trustable Ltd.

Trustable provides services, consulting and open source components regarding the use of (qualified) electronic signatures, authentication and PKI. trustable is a foundation member of the OASIS DSS / DSS-X technical committee and activly contributing to specifications and a compliance test bed. Committed to open source software trustable has founded several projects and supports their public use by running freely available services for more than a decade.

The Secure Information Technology Center

The Secure Information Technology Center – Austria (A-SIT) is a public funded non-profit association that has been established in 1999. Funding members have been the Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance, the Central Bank of Austria, and Graz University of Technology. In 2012 the Austrian Federal Computing Center joined as a member. The mission of A-SIT is focused on information security in providing advice and support to public authorities, technical evaluations, technology assessment and research, and raising awareness. This includes formal duties like as notified body under the Signature Directive on technical evaluation of secure signature-creation devices (qualified signature-creation or seal-creation devices under eIDAS), technical assessment of e-voting components, certification of online collection systems for the European Citizen Initiative, or technical assistance to the Central Bank in the Euro payment system oversight. Ministries and public authorities call for A SIT when seeking independent advice or support in information security aspects. A-SIT assists in security related projects, as well as is relied on in international coordination like in EC expert groups, the ENISA management board, or in European research and innovation projects like on coordination the Austrian participation in EU Large Scale Pilots like STORK or eSENS.

Public Service Development Agency of Georgia

The Public Service Development Agency (PSDA) is a Legal Entity of Public Law of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia, created in July 2012 on the basis of the Civil Registry Agency (CRA). The PSDA gained new functions including the development of public services using innovative approaches. The agency has around 1400 employees, 72 territorial offices around Georgia, 25 Community Centers offering more than 200 public services to the rural population. PSDA services are also delivered through 13 Public Service Halls (larger one-stop-shop service points in major cities) and 70 Express Community Centers (mobile service platforms), planned to cover over 1000 villages by the end of 2015. Nowadays PSDA is increasingly focusing on innovative product and service development with an eye on service quality and expediency. This capacity of PSDA is at the disposal of all public institutions in Georgia, which either have no capacity or find it less feasible to maintain an in-house research and development team. In the context of e-Governance, PSDA can be regarded as one of the core agencies to which well developed egovernance solutions are essential as they underpin the core mission of the organization - to develop improved public services for people and organizations. As part of the broader e-Governance agenda, development of trust services plays an important role. PSDA, as the sole provider of these services in Georgia is thus tasked to introduce necessary measures to ensure continuous advancements of the technology and respective legal base


The Scientific & Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) – Center of Research for Informatics and Information Security, Advanced Technologies (BILGEM) is the leading research institute fulfilling the demands of Turkey in the field of Information Security Technology and Electronics. BILGEM performs security and conformity tests of various communication systems and equipment to define new national standards and to improve the quality and the security of communication. Having various departments concentrating on different application areas including security, electronics, optics, signal processing, radar systems, semiconductor technologies, acoustics, language processing, speech processing and e-Technologies, BILGEM serves both private and government sectors as the main provider of not only security solutions but also signal processing applications in Turkey and EU and acts as an advisory authority on several national and international boards.

R&D Experience and Capability
The employees of BILGEM, 76% of which consists of researchers, have all adopted the common ideal of becoming an international technology and production center that pioneers the development of new technologies in communications and advanced electronics areas. BILGEM contributes to universal science by incorporating the universities into the ongoing projects and encouraging its researchers for academic career development opportunities. BILGEM has the richest library in the areas of cryptology and information security in the country as well. The researchers and the management both believe in modern management systems. As a results of this, the institute has been awarded the ISO 9001-2000, AQAP-2110, AQAP-2130, AQAP-160, and its EMI/EMC and the Common Criteria Test Centers and the Public Certification Authority have been accredited by the Turkish Accreditation Agency with BS 7799/2002, TS/EN Associated with document Ref. Ares(2016)1565186 - 01/04/2016 H2020: Innovation Actions (IA) SEP-210295682 FutureTrust DIGITAL SECURITY: CYBERSECURITY, PRIVACY AND TRUST (Trust eServices) [700542] [FutureTrust] – ISO/IEC 17025:2000 and ISO/IEC 27001:2005 certifications respectively. TUBITAK leads Turkish e-ID project and it is the national government certification authority in Turkey.

Government services are becoming much easier to obtain at your home or office with just a tiny little token that is made by The Government Certification Authority. Owing to the perfection of BILGEM on data security and the technology of electronic signature, the Government Certification Authority known as “KAMU SM” which is the unique government CA, serves accordingly The Electronic Signature Law No.5070 within B?LGEM. KAMU SM was established in 2005 and now performs operations like electronic signature services that make authentication of the person electronically, PKI works and applications of e-signature where crucial security requirements are satisfied professionally.
In accordance with the relevant law, KAMU SM produces professional electronic signature with the tools, which help with the signing, and importing of all the staff into the safe electronic signature tokens and then consigns them to the users. Besides, KAMU SM uses secure systems and takes all necessary precautions during the gathering of users confidential information, issuing and consigning certificate processes to avoid certificate counterfeiting and falsification.


The people at LAWtrust are passionate about information security, which addresses business’ need to create trust between stakeholders. LAWtrust understands that trust in business dealings is established through accountability and privacy, which in turn require the establishment of positive identity through verifiable signatures and confidentiality of information. LAWtrust’s solutions are mapped against these business needs so that it can deliver real business value. LAWtrust has a clear vision for trusted identities and securing transaction through its well established Certificate Authority and security integration capacity and capabilities. Focused on meeting globally recognised industry standards to deliver and support its solutions, LAWtrust has in-depth experience and have achieved the following:

  • • First Certificate Authority to be accredited for Advanced Electronic Signatures by the Department of Communications under the ECT Act of 2002. This is the South African equivalent of a EU Qualified Signature.

  • • Certificate Authority included in both the Adobe and the Microsoft Approved Trust Lists as a Trusted Certificate Authority

  • • WebTrust certification and ISO21188 compliant PKI for financial services

  • • Provider of the South African National ID PKI, encryption and biometric fraud management systems

The key LAWtrust differentiator in this specialist market is its rapid integration middleware called the Trust Service Orchestrator (TSO). This allows organisations to deploy a hybrid model of on-premise and Trust Centre hosted functions which is all accessed through an on-premise service catalog. The TSO handles all the security functions back to the Trust Centre and applies the correct business logic where necessary. An example of this service in action is the LAWtrust Biometric Matching Service which is deployed in banking and government customers. The Biometric Matching service is access through the TSO by any channel (branch, internet etc) and can centrally match the multi modal biometrics through a variety of best of breed vendor algorithms for fingerprint, face, iris and voice matching. The result of the authentication can then be used to unlock a digital certificate/private key hosted on a secure signing service and apply a long term, time stamped digital signature to a document or transaction. Lawtrust also provides a biometric digital signature and evidence system known as eDNA (electronic DNA). This system is the most widely deployed government fraud management system and and ensures that employees are accountable for high risk transactions through a mechanism of biometrically unlocked digital signature after which the system retains all evidence in a time stamped and encrypted vault.
Apart from these major systems, LAWtrust provides the following products and services:

  • • SSL certificates

  • • PKI (on premise or cloud)

  • • Multi factor Strong Authentication

  • • Encryption libraries

  • • PKI applets

  • • Mobile biometrics solutions

  • • Consulting and training

LAWtrust view the involment in the FutureTrust project as beneficial to the African region in keeping abreast with and evolving further, developments in eID, payments and digital signatures within the EU.

Ministry of Interior Republic of Serbia

Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia performs state administration relating to the protection of life, property and personal security of citizens; prevention and detection of crime and finding and catching offenders and bringing them to the relevant authorities; maintenance of public order; providing assistance in case of emergency; providing choirs and other public gatherings; the provision of certain persons and objects, including foreign diplomatic and consular missions of the Republic of Serbia; safety, regulation and control of traffic on the roads; state border security and border and movement and residence within the border zone; Stay of Foreigners; Traffic and transportation of firearms, ammunition, explosives and certain other hazardous substances; testing of small arms, ammunition and devices; fire protection; anti-hail; citizenship; unique identification number; electronic management of personal data; domicile and residence; ID card; passport; international aid and other forms of international cooperation in the field of internal affairs, including readmission; illegal migration; asylum; training of personnel; administrative resolution on appeal pursuant to regulations on refugees, as well as other duties specified by law.
The state administration affairs defined by Serbian legislation and regulations adopted pursuant to the legislation are performed by the ministries. They apply laws and other regulations and general acts adopted by the National Assembly and Government, as well as the general acts rendered by the President of the Republic; they address administrative issues, conduct administrative supervision of the performance of assigned tasks, etc. The internal affairs are the affairs stipulated by law, and performed by the competent state authorities in order to ensure the security of the Republic and its citizens as well as exercise of citizens’ rights as defined by the Constitution and law.
The internal affairs are performed by the Ministry of the Interior.
The internal affairs are conducted in a manner that ensures equal protection and exercise of freedoms and rights set out in the Constitution for every person and citizen.
In the performance of internal affairs only such enforcement measures may be used as are envisaged by the law, which help to accomplish tasks with as few detrimental consequences as possible for citizens and their associations, companies, institutions and other organizations.
The Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Serbia performs state administration affairs related to:

  • • protection of security of the Republic of Serbia and detection and suppression of the activities aimed at undermining or overthrowing the constitutional order;

  • • protection of life, safety and property of citizens;

  • • prevention and detection of criminal offences; finding and apprehending perpetrators of criminal offences as well as bringing them to competent authorities;

  • • maintenance of public peace and order;

  • • securing public gatherings and other meetings of citizens;

  • • protection of certain persons and facilities;

  • • road traffic safety;

  • • border crossing checks;

  • • control of movement and stay in the border area;

  • • control of movement and stay of foreigners;

  • • provision, possession and carrying of weapons and ammunition;

  • • production of and trade in explosive materials, flammable liquids and gases;

  • • fire protection;

  • • citizenship matters;

  • • personal identification number;

  • • identity cards;

  • • travel documents;

  • • permanent and temporary place of residence.

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