Deployment of trusted identities for the cloud computing in the Federal Ministry of Economics and technology (BMWi) had called in September 2010 for submission of project proposals for innovative, secure and legally compliant cloud-computing services. The large number of 116 entries surpassed the expectations of the Ministry; the proposed projects were evaluated in a multi-stage process with regard to innovation, feasibility, market and potential applications, and last but not least, the competence of the Consortium. SkIDentity is among the winners of the trusted cloud “-competition awarded 2011 during CeBIT. The SkIDentity project will build a bridge between secure electronic identity in the form of smart cards or the new identity card (eID) and the booming market of cloud-computing infrastructures. It aims to provide trusted identities for the cloud and thus better secure all kinds of business processes for consumers and businesses. For this are already existing as well as new components, services and trust infrastructure for a comprehensive, legally compliant, economically viable and highly secure identity infrastructure for the cloud integrated and tested in wide effective pilot projects. The Fraunhofer IAO analyzed in SkIDentity market needs and developed possible business models for identity intermediaries, in particular taking into account the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as authorities. For example, the SkIDentity infrastructure includes a Swiss broker, which bundles the eID services necessary for access to the secure cards and provides it in a form that is suitable even for very small businesses and local authorities as a cloud service.
The SkIDentity team consists of experts of easy login GmbH, ENX Association, the Fraunhofer institutes ILO and IGD, the OpenLimit SignCubes Gmbhr, Ruhr University Bochum, the University of Passau, as well as the Urospace GbR and GmbH ecsec of the Swiss specialists will be coordinated. In addition, it will Project by relevant governing bodies such as the Federal Association for information technology, telecommunications and new media e.V. (BITKOM), the EuroCloud Deutschland_eco e.V., ProSTEP iViP e.V., TeleTrusT Germany e.V. and the DATEV eG supported. More information on oath in the cloud: iuk/729.html have questions around the topic of cloud computing? The Fraunhofer expert Jurgen Falkner responds: blog.iao.fraunhofer.de/index.php?option=com_wordpress&p=738 Tobias Hug, Fraunhofer IAO