Securing Sensitive Government Processes with KOBIL Trust Technologies

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2003

KOBIL Trust technology is first adopted by the German Federal Network Agency

Introducing German Federal Network Agency

The German Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) is Germany’s regulator of electricity, gas, railway, mail and telecommunications.

From its headquarters in Bonn, it aims to ensure fair and workable telecommunications and mail competition across Germany.

It also strives to deliver the most secure, low-priced, consumer-friendly public supply of electricity and gas, as well as ensuring non-discriminatory access to rail infrastructure and associated services.

Challenges

The German Federal Network Agency (GFNA) is the country’s highest authority for electronic certificates, issuing certificates to certification service providers who, in turn, provide customers with electronic certificates and signatures. All certificates from accredited providers can be fully traced back to the ‘root certificate’ of the GFNA.

The GFNA also provides a 24/7 directory and revocation service, offering online certificates and blacklists for download, as well as certificate status checks.

Providing these services, however, can only be achieved if the GFNA’s trust center enjoys the world’s highest security standards alongside exceptional availability and scalability.

Solution

Since 2003, the GFNA has relied upon KOBIL’s world-class technology to protect against both DoS and internal attacks.

KOBIL Trust CA meets all requirements of the German Digital Signature Act. It also meets all the international standards of the Common Criteria for Information Technology Security Evaluation framework.

Simultaneously, the GFNA uses the KOBIL Trust OCSP Responder to ensure the highest possible availability and security for online certification status requests.