Introduction

The following offers a brief introduction to the EJBCA Hardware Appliance eIDAS edition.

Note that the EJBCA Hardware Appliance eIDAS edition product documentation is currently delivered with the software and that providing online documentation here is under development.

EJBCA Hardware Appliance eIDAS edition

PrimeKey EJBCA Hardware Appliance eIDAS edition brings all components needed to successfully deploy and operate a full-blown Public Key Infrastructure (PKI). Focusing on special needs around PKI deployments operated by Trusted Service Providers (TSPs) according to the eIDAS regulation, EJBCA Hardware Appliance eIDAS edition reduces compliance risks while building such a service. Through its hyperconverged approach of combining a specialized version of EJBCA software, Common Criteria PP5 certified HSM, and a configuration and management portal which allows an easy, cost-efficient and compliant way to maintain the system, EJBCA Hardware Appliance eIDAS edition is the true turn-key solution for eIDAS QTSP operations.

It includes a complete Certificate Management System (CMS), with an unlimited number of Certification Authorities (CAs) and/or subordinate CAs, Registration Authority (RA) and a Validation Authority (VA) including OCSP and CRL support.

Easy and effective management is the key to a secure and reliable eIDAS compliant PKI deployment. EJBCA Appliance eIDAS edition leverages the proven PrimeKey hardware appliance platform with additional modifications to address eIDAS requirements and offers a web-based interface including all functions needed for a straightforward deployment and effective operation.

Background

The Electronic Identification and Trust Services (eIDAS) is a European Union regulation on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions across the EU. It provides a regulatory environment to enable secure and seamless electronic transactions, and drive digital growth within the European Union. For more information, refer to Regulation (EU) No 910/2014.

The eIDAS regulation has created an internal market area for trust services within Europe. Trust Service Providers (TSPs) are companies or organizations, that provides third-party trust services in the form of cert issuance, signatures and authentication. The eIDAS regulation specifies requirements for any public TSP operating within the EU, to ensure that the entire EU is operating using the same set of standards for certificate trustworthiness.

PrimeKey’s Public Key Infrastructure and electronic signing solutions help to reduce the complexity of becoming an eIDAS compliant TSP. The EJBCA Enterprise eIDAS edition provides issuance, registration and validation services within the eIDAS context.