What to expect in 2021?

Where 2020 will always be remembered as the challenging year of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 has been an important year for KeySign with the introduction of our own KeySign Connector enabling users to use any type of smart card or usb token to sign, some crucial wins on exciting customer projects but more importantly, a lot of preparations for an amazing 2021 to come with the following things on our roadmap:

  • We’re scheduling a major upgrade during the first two maintenance windows of the year including:
    • Our KeySign platform now supports the Cloud Signature Consortium (CSC) API protocol. The first two remote signature providers that will be added to the platform are itsme® Sign and Adacom Qualified Remote Signing.
    • KeySign will provide a longer validity of the embedded qualified timestamps with a guaranteed signature validity of 9 years;
    • Document owners will have greater control over the level of assurance requested/expected from document signers. Some documents might require a specific level of assurance (eg. a qualified electronic signature), whereas for others documents, the level of assurance is less relevant. Document signers will be able to perform signatures based on the level of assurance requested by the document owner.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and KeySign’s response to this pandemic, our ISO 27001:2013 certification has been scheduled now for 2021.
  • The same counts for our eIDAS accreditation in order to become a Qualified Trust Service Provider.
  • Where 2020 already has been an important shift with the introduction of our KeySign Connector, in 2021 various improvements are scheduled to make it easier to use our Connector in an enterprise context.
  • As KeySign is a signature platform provider, a logical next step for us is to allow our customers to archive their documents on our platform, in preparation of the finalisation of the archiving standards supporting archiving as a qualified trust service.
  • KeySign is continuously looking to add additional remote signature providers in surrounding countries to our platform.
  • In the final quarter of 2020, KeySign has invested in providing code signing as a service. We’re currently running a few pilot projects with a very positive outcome so far, so more to expect in 2021.
  • Following our achievement to become a Local Registration Authority for one of our Certificate Authority partners, we are currently developing additional functionalily to improve the user experience and facilitate our customers and end-users in order to obtain Qualified Electronic Certificates through KeySign’s LRA services
  • All of the above obviously requires hard work and dedication, which is exactly what our team has shown in 2020 in difficult circumstances. Nevertheless, in order to ensure the quality of our services and to achieve our future goals, we are looking to expand this team.