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STORK 2.0
Issue No: 9 | September, 2015
Editorial
Project News
What's New in STORK 2.0 Pilots?
STORK 2.0 in the News
eID Related News
STORK 2.0 on the Conference Scene
Publications
The STORK 2.0 Newsletter thanks all those who contributed to this issue and welcomes comments and contributions at: info@eid-stork2.eu
STORK 2.0 Newsletter is published by the STORK 2.0 consortium. The views expressed are purely those of the authors and may not, under any circumstance, be regarded as stating an official position of the whole consortium or European Commission. Neither the STORK 2.0 consortium nor any person acting on its behalf is responsible for the use that may be made of the information in this publication.

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Editorial

Dear reader,

This is the final issue of the STORK 2.0 newsletter as STORK 2.0 project reaches its end this September. It has been an adventurous journey and an amazing experience for all of us working in the project. Throughout its lifetime, the project managed to accomplish its aim and fulfill its objectives through hard work and the efforts made by all the consortium members. Therefore, this final issue will provide an overview of the achievements of the project, outline which will be the pathways that will guide the outcomes of STORK and STORK 2.0 and, last but not least, express our deep appreciation and gratitude for your interest in this Large Scale Pilot, trust, feedback and support during the past three and a half years.

Within the European Commission strategy on putting identification technology at the service of citizens, the creation and deployment of the STORK 2.0 infrastructure has been a major step forward. At the same time, this strategy is a pillar of the Digital Single Market. To ensure the sustainability of this long-term strategy, the e-SENS project (Electronic Simple European Networked Services) takes over the STORK 2.0 infrastructure maintenance resources that will be deployed in e-SENS by the end of this month.

We would like to encourage you to take the chance to use the services offered by STORK 2.0’s pilots. The consortium has been working on an ongoing feedback and cooperation across partners’ basis since the beginning of the project and relies on users to provide feedback on their experience. “Learning from every single user’s feedback is critical”, claims Alberto Crespo, STORK 2.0 Pilot Coordinator, “so we encourage every reader who has not done it yet to test STORK 2.0 services.”

For any comments or suggestions you might have, please contact us at: communication@eid-stork2.eu.

Discover more about the project and its related activities with our Newsletter.

Enjoy the reading!

The STORK 2.0 Dissemination and Communication Team

Project News

Legal and trust analysis

With most of the analysis and implementation work done, recent legal work has focused on collecting feedback and lessons from the pilots, and fine-tuning the related documents. This is a vital stage of the project, since it provides valuable lessons for future policy actions and for the sustainability of STORK 2.0. Special attention was given to the completion and collection of Memoranda of Understanding from the Member States, which contain their commitment to maintaining the quality and trustworthiness of STORK 2.0 throughout the project’s duration. The importance of this document should not be underestimated, since it outlines the obligations required within a network such as STORK. This makes it a useful overview of key questions to be addressed to ensure cross-border recognition of eIDs.

Similarly, feedback was collected on the practical use of the STORK AQAA Cookbook, a document that explains how Member States can grade the reliability of identity attributes, such as academic credentials or financial details. The feedback showed that the guidance was important in practice: while the official AQAA (Attribute Quality Authentication Assurance) document contained the formal rules, participants in the project benefited from having more pragmatic guidance available to them. This too is a useful lesson for the continuation and implementation of eID policies in Europe: explaining how to use the available tools is just as important as building them.

Common specifications and Building blocks

Following months of minor yet critical improvements, a new and final version of the common building blocks was released in August. This version has three packages: one for new STORK Member States who are eager to establish a Pan-European Proxy Server (PEPS) or as Virtual Identity Provider (VIdP); one for service providers (SPs); and last, one for attribute providers (APs). These two last packages refer to the STORK protocol implemented at national level.

These packages include an introductory guide, an installation manual, the common software, source code and libraries, testing tools and examples of integration and test credentials.

eID as a service offering

As the end of the project is approaching, intensive work on the business model and sustainability deliverables has been taking place. First results from the pilot evaluation allowed enriching the findings with tangible figures and results. A Business Plan has been submitted to the Commission; meanwhile, the sustainability report is still in progress and will be finished by the end of the project.

Potential for a future accreditation body has been considered, looking at issues related to supervision for a cross-border e-ID system. At the same time, recent interaction with standards bodies in the ETSI Security Week and the eIDAS regulation influence has been covered in a report on Standardisation.

Marketing, communication & dissemination

As the project’s end approaches, the focus has been put on ensuring a seamless handover of STORK 2.0 results in all fronts. This has been done in close cooperation with DG CNECT, which has provided and will continue to provide guidance in this important and challenging transition, and the e-SENS project, which has already been leveraging STORK infrastructure for the delivery of the “Business Lifecycle”, one of its key pilot services.

The team has also worked on consolidating contents in the website and its pilot microsites, giving access for citizens to the new pilot services that have been put in production. Meanwhile, pilot feedback forms were restructured for a better user experience.

Editorial
Project News
What's New in STORK 2.0 Pilots?
STORK 2.0 in the News
eID Related News
STORK 2.0 on the Conference Scene
Publications
What's New in STORK 2.0 Pilots?

eLearning and Academic Qualifications pilot

During these months, eAcademia pilot has gone through the most important phase of its execution with a considerable success. Almost all of the planned services have been deployed, and the pilot has spent the last months putting effort in the user engagement to produce adequate results, and into collecting and preserving the knowledge generated by developing, deploying and running the pilot services; as the analysis of these lessons will be a key factor on the sustainability and growth after the end of the STORK 2.0 project.

eBanking pilot

Major step ahead in the race for the use of cross-border electronic authentication features in online banking: Austrian Zveza Bank now offers the possibility to open a bank account online using eID and eSignature thanks to the STORK 2.0 infrastructure.

Meanwhile the pilot has largely provided insight to the Commission to increase the interest of using eIDs in the private sector. Namely, events such as March 31st’s eIDAS Private Sector Engagement High Level Event - eID: emerging business cases or EEMA’s eID: the business case for the banking and finance community were of major importance to show STORK 2.0 eBanking’s approach and lessons learnt.

The pilot is also working in regards to sustainability of the project on certain requirements that would allow components of this pilot to be included in the resulting eIDAS node.

Public Services for Business pilot

With ten out of thirteen services in production, the eGov4Business Pilot partners have been intensively testing and fine-tuning STORK 2.0-integrated services trying to distil the most useful lessons from this final period of the project. All partners look forward to continued exploitation of the STORK 2.0 experience through national and international initiatives encouraging convergence with the EC-sponsored eIDAS nodes.

A particular piloting highpoint was reached in the Netherlands-Belgium collaboration which saw over 250 Belgian farmers access dozens of administrative services available at the Netherlands farm business portal. Thanks to STORK 2.0 interoperability, first time users were able to immediately register at the portal, a savings of up to 3 weeks over the previous offline identity processing. Registered users also enjoyed the ease and convenience of using their own national e-Identification system to access the cross-border services, avoiding the common problems of multiple e-Identities, lost passwords, etc. Future technical developments are already foreseen after the STORK 2.0 project to add functionality and to accommodate multiple security levels. The success of this STORK 2.0 Pilot service has led other Dutch and Belgian ministries to commit to implementing STORK-compatible solutions.

Overall, the wide variety of administrative services for business which were successfully integrated with the STORK 2.0 infrastructure provided a convincing proof of the validity of the interoperability services that were piloted.

eHealth pilot

The pilot continued the successful work on secure authentication and on the access of medical data. The Austrian National Register of Epidemic Infections allows patients (or their mandated persons) and healthcare providers to access medical data, like laboratory results, especially for further treatment at home. In Italy the Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico Milano offers patients to access their health records, also for possible patients within the framework of the EXPO 2015 as major international event taking place in Milano since April 2015. Healthcare provider attribute provision is tested with e-SENS project; meanwhile, Turkey offers patients access to their vaccination database.

The OpenNCP version with STORK 2.0 enhancements was approved at the IHE Connectathon in Luxembourg in April 2015, which forms a major milestone for high-level eID in the eHealth sector (e.g. EXPAND). The ongoing OpenNCP tests between Austria and Switzerland had been presented at the eHealth conference of the EU presidency in Riga in April 2015. Overall, these activities contribute to e-SENS and form the basis for longer term sustainability through the Digital Services Infrastructures component of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

The importance of STORK 2.0 eID was also highlighted at the eHealth 2015 conference in June in Vienna, focusing on personalised medicine - a field of medicine, where high-level identification is inevitable.

Editorial
Project News
What's New in STORK 2.0 Pilots?
STORK 2.0 in the News
eID Related News
STORK 2.0 on the Conference Scene
Publications
STORK 2.0 in the News

“The future lies in cooperation across Europe” (in Czech: “Budoucnost je ve spolupráci napříč Evropou”)

An article written by Jiří Průša (CZ.NIC) about CEF building blocks cross-border electronic services was published in Computerworld magazine for IT professionals (5/15). The STORK 2.0 project is presented as an opportunity to pilot cross-border electronic identification and authentication to services used by service providers in another country. Another STORK 2.0 contribution mentioned is showing how is it possible to handle safely user attributes that are not provided in national base registries.
Original article in Czech

Editorial
Project News
What's New in STORK 2.0 Pilots?
STORK 2.0 in the News
eID Related News
STORK 2.0 on the Conference Scene
Publications
eID Related News

“Identity is not only about trust” (in Czech: “Identita není jen o důvěře”)

An article written by David Čačelský was published in Computerworld magazine (5/2015). The author works for the Newps.cz, the contractor company that develops and implements (among other projects) an identity management system used by the Czech public administration.
Original information in Czech

Open letter of industry and business representatives to Czech government

Czech association of ICT companies, ICT Unie, published an open letter of industry and business representatives to the Czech government urging it to deliver on previously declared priorities in the area of digital economy and digital market and to provide a necessary political support.
Original information in Czech

“How the Czech Republic prepares for eIDAS implementation and what is the future of e-signature in the Czech Republic” (in Czech: “Jak se ČR připravuje na implementaci eIDAS ...”)

An article of Tomáš Lechner published by Systems on line internet magazine briefly explains consequences of new EU legislation and the need for new processes for trust services providers and users.
Original article in Czech

“eIDAS knocks on the door, trust services have their logo” (in Czech: “eIDAS klepe na dveře...”)

An article of nationally well-known eGovernment analyst Jiří Peterka focuses on specific issues related to eIDAS implementation, including its less clear provisions. An article is written in easy-to- understand language, aiming not only at the Czech professionals and companies active in the field of trust services, but also the service users. It can be considered as yet another contribution to national discussion about trust and security in electronic transactions.
Original article in Czech

ETSI Security Week homes in on eIDAS

ICT standards organisation ETSI has recently held its Security Week, with a Security Workshop followed by three themed sessions. The sessions focused on machine-to-machine communications and the Internet of Things (M2M/IoT), security assurance in intelligent transport systems and electronic identification and trust services (eIDAS). The close of the week was dedicated to the meetings of two ETSI technical committees, TC CYBER and TC ESI (electronic signatures and infrastructures).

The event brought together ICT security experts from various stakeholders, including counterparts from other standards bodies and forums – ITU, ISO, CEN/CENELEC, NIST, IETF and W3C – and from industry, government, regulators and academia.
Original article

Editorial
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STORK 2.0 in the News
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STORK 2.0 on the Conference Scene

ISSS 2015 conference

13-14 April 2015, Hradec Králové, Czech Republic

During the largest national event in the Czech Republic, the Internet in the public administration and self-government conference, Filip Bílek from the Ministry of the Interior presented status of eIDAS implementation in the Czech Republic. Jiří Průša from CZ.NIC presented STORK 2.0 project in relation to mojeID single-sign-on and trustworthy e-Government Services.

IST Africa 2015 Conference

6-8 May 2015, Lilongwe, Malawi

Jiří Průša in his presentation titled “E-identity: Basic Building Block of e-Government” introduced STORK 2.0 project and promoted its academic pilot as an example of a successful cross-border eID business case. As a part of the conference, the almanac (double peer-review) written by Jiří Průša (CZ.NIC) was published.

Jornada Sobre Implementación de la Expedición del Suplemento Europeo al Título 2015

8 May 2015, Santiago de Compostela, Spain

The dissemination work done in this conference, that takes place at Santiago de Compostela (Spain), was focused on explaining a practical case of obtaining a SET-e (diploma supplement) through STORK 2.0 infrastructure.

IT15 conference (Internet and Technologies)

28 May 2015, Prague, Czech Republic

Jiří Průša gave an overview presentation titled “European Projects in support of the Single Digital Market”, introducing STORK 2.0 as well. During the same conference, Jaromír Talíř (Chief Technical Director of CZ.NIC) spoke about STORK 2.0 project, its pilots and SAML protocols during.

eID: the business case for the banking and finance community

5 June 2015, London, UK

As a consequence of the success in the first eIDAS high-level event on March 31, STORK 2.0 was invited to present eBanking pilot’s achievements and lessons learnt at the second eIDAS event. During this event, representatives of the eBanking pilot proudly presented the real life opening bank account pilot with the Austrian Zveza Bank. The audience, especially representatives from banks and financial service providers as well as representatives from the European Commission, were highly interested in our STORK results and in seeing a real life cross-border application for opening bank accounts. The feedback of the business representatives emphasized the high significance of this pilot’s results with respect to the future use of eIDs in the European banking sector.

EUNIS Conference 2015

10-12 June 2015, Dundee, UK

STORK has had a notorious presence at EUNIS 2015, by holding a technical workshop where the design and implementation breakthroughs of STORK 2.0, and specifically the ones related to the eAcademia pilot, were deeply analysed and discussed by the concurrence of information and identity federation specialists from universities and companies across Europe. Also, in another event of the congress, the results of the e-Academia pilot to highlight the achievements and encourage its adoption by more organisations.

Terena Networking Conference 2015

15-18 June 2015, Porto, Portugal

The TNC15 Networking Conference is the largest and most prestigious European research networking conference, with more than 650 participants attending this annual event. TNC brings together decision makers, managers, networking and collaboration specialists, and identity and access management experts from all major European networking and research organisations, universities, worldwide sister institutions, as well as industry representatives. In this context, the University of Murcia presented the integration work done to achieve the interoperability between eduGAIN and STORK ecosystems.

Editorial
Project News
What's New in STORK 2.0 Pilots?
STORK 2.0 in the News
eID Related News
STORK 2.0 on the Conference Scene
Publications
Publications

“E-identity: Basic Building Block of e-Government”

This scientific paper written by Jiří Průša (CZ.NIC) introduces STORK 2.0 project and promotes its eAcademia pilot as an example of a successful cross-border eID business case. It was published in relation to the IST Africa Conference. This paper has been also released in the IEEE Xplore® digital library, and is now accessible for a broad academic and scientific community.
Editorial
Project News
What's New in STORK 2.0 Pilots?
STORK 2.0 in the News
eID Related News
STORK 2.0 on the Conference Scene
Publications

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