What is a Certification Authority

What is a Certification Authority?

Escrito por: Patricia Nuño Fecha Tuesday 14, January 2020 Categoría: Digital Certificate

 

The digital certificate allows companies to operate in the online environment in a secure and reliable way and to verify their identity. This certificate must be issued by a trusted entity.

Therefore, it is essential to have a Certification Authority of full confidence, recognized by the largest number of Administrations, organizations and institutions. What is a Certification Authority?

Functions of the Certification Authority

The digital certificate is like our ID, which accredits us to the various public bodies when carrying out any transaction.

When we show our ID, no one questions its validity, since it has the trust of the issuing body (the Interior Ministry). Likewise, we need to trust the authority that issues our digital certificates, appearing here the figure of the Certification Authority.

A Certification Authority is responsible for issuing and revoking digital certificates used in electronic transactions and signatures by companies and individuals..

A Certification Authority (CA) is a trusted entity responsible for issuing and revoking digital certificates used in electronic transactions and signatures. This trust is achieved thanks to the figure of the CA, which acts as an intervening party in the relationship between companies or businesses and individuals. Thus, when any transaction is carried out between two parties, the CA grants trust to the documents managed and signed as it is not an interested party.

Thanks to the cryptographic key infrastructure that a CA has, the identity of the signatory as well as the content of the transactions performed is trusted and guaranteed. Examples of a Certification Authority are Camerfirma or the FNMT.

What is a Certification Authority

Some of the functions of the Certification Authority are: to provide services such as publishing certificates, lists of revoked certificates, checking the validity of certificates, etc. In addition, the CA records the exact date and time a document has been electronically signed, known as a time stamp.

Who issues certificates?

Nowadays, all companies work with digital certificates, especially after the entry into force of the Law 39/2015, which requires electronic communication with the Public Administration. Thus, companies need to issue digital certificates so that their employees can work electronically.

To facilitate the issuance process, companies can have a Presential Verification Point (PVP). A PVP allows them to obtain the digital certificate immediately. The function of the PVP is to review and check the documentation presented by the certificate applicant that legitimizes him to obtain the certificate. Thanks to this, the time of certificate’s emission is reduced and the daily tasks like the electronic signature of documents, are more agile.

There are two options: to have an external company that take care of these tasks, or to become a PVP. In the case of Ivnosys, we offer our clients both alternatives.

You can work in an agile and comfortable way with IvSign, the certificate centralization platform and issue your certificates in the shortest time possible.

Do you need more information? Contact our proffesionals team and they will resolve your doubts as soon as possible.

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