Certification authority at the Ministry of Public Administration 
Tržaška cesta 21
1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia

 

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ABOUT THE CERTIFICATION AUTHORITY AT THE MINISTRY OF THE INTERIOR

 

Governmental Centre of the Republic of Slovenia for Informatics has been applying information technologies to government business processes to achieve more cost-effective, responsive and accessible services since 1993. In 1999, Certification Authority at the Governmental Centre for Informatics has been established to meet security requirements of public administration electronic services delivery as well as electronic services in public sector. Due to reorganization of government in 2004 The Governmental Centre for Informatics ceased to exist and it's work was taken over by Ministry of the Interior and in 2013 it was taken over by Ministry of the Interior

The Certification Authority at the Ministry of the Interior provides Public Key Infrastructure and functions as a Trusted Third Party. It consists of two issuers of digital certificates, SIGEN-CA (Slovenian General CA) and SIGOV-CA (Slovenian Governmental CA):

  • SIGOV-CA (Slovenian GOVernmental Certification Authority), whose digital certificates are used by employees within the public administration,

  • SIGEN-CA (Slovenian GENeral Certification Authority), whose digital certificates are used by legal and natural persons.

Qualified digital certificates issued by either certification authority follow the newest guidelines regarding encryption, and are in accordance with the Electronic Commerce and Electronic Signature Act, and published Certification Policies. The purpose, operation and methodology of managing digital certificates, the liability of the Certification Authority and the holders of digital certificates, and security requirements, which need to be fulfilled by the holders, are all defined in the Certification Policy with regard to each type of digital certificates.

The Certification Authority at the Ministry of the Interior issues four types of digital certificates:

  • enterprise digital certificates (SIGOV-CA),

  • web digital certificates (SIGOV-CA),

  • enterprise digital certificates for legal and natural persons, registered for performing activities (SIGEN-CA),

  • web digital certificates for natural and legal persons (SIGEN-CA).

Enterprise qualified digital certificates are used for:

  • encryption and decryption of documents,

  • digital signing of documents and verification of the signature,

  • secure deletion of documents,

  • for application in services or applications, for which the use of digital certificates is required.

Web qualified digital certificates are designed for:

  • secure web communication using various internet security protocols including SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) and TLS protocols (Transport Layer Security),

  • sending encrypted e-mail via S/MIME protocol (Secure Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions),

  • for access to services or applications, for which the use of digital certificate is required.

Digital certificates are issued to employees in public administration and other persons, who are officially and relevantly associated to the institution. Digital certificates for natural and legal persons are designed for all natural and legal persons for secure and legitimate exchange of data with public administration. 

The certification authority presents one of necessary technological requirements that ensure legitimacy of e-communication. The advantages of e-communication will ensure a global approach to modernisation of both internal and external procedures which will result in a faster transition from classical type of communication to the modern e-type. The certification authority functions towards this goal by establishing a networked and hierarchical trust model among govermental departments and various other non-govermental organizations. Furthermore it will also function internationally by integrating itself in broader international hierarchical trust models.

SIGEN-CA
SIGOV-CA
SI-TSA

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