OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. and BRUSSELS, March 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- VASCO Data Security International, Inc. (NASDAQ: VDSI), a global leader in authentication, digital signatures, and identity management, announced today that the Belgian Government, via Fedict, its Federal Public Service for Information and Communication Technology, has certified VASCO as a Trusted Authentication Provider for Belgian citizens accessing any eGov application.
VASCO will soon offer unconnected eID authentication services for Government applications utilizing its MYDIGIPASS Trusted Digital Identity Platform and DIGIPASS 870 card reader, which can be used in either connected (via USB) or unconnected mode on the Federal Authentication Service of Fedict. MYDIGIPASS is VASCO's cloud-based, two-factor authentication service that enables application providers to deliver a single and secure login experience for their users across multiple web and mobile applications.
VASCO's utilization of an unconnected card reader enhances the user experience and enables citizens to use mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets that do not have a USB connection. This certification is an important intermediate step to opening access to governmental services in the coming months through simple customer enrollment and verification. The first government and third party applications supporting this service are expected to be available within the coming months. Initial registration with a connected card reader on the MYDIGIPASS TDI is required at the first use.
"Our main goal is to give every Belgian citizen faster and easier, but above all, secure access to online government services," stated Walter Van Assche, General Director at Fedict. "By offering citizens a solution to log in with the eID using an unconnected card reader from any mobile device, we have taken a huge step forward in our mission to provide additional digital services to Belgian citizens."
"Belgium is a technology leader with the most advanced deployment of eID cards. We are very pleased with this move that brings us closer to enabling more citizens to access online government applications," stated Jan Valcke, President and COO of VASCO. "We expect other countries are watching Belgium's innovative approach and will want to provide similar benefits to their citizens."
About VASCO VASCO is the world leader in providing two-factor authentication and digital signature solutions to financial institutions. More than half of the Top 100 global banks rely on VASCO solutions to enhance security, protect mobile applications and meet regulatory requirements. VASCO also secures access to data and applications in the cloud, and provides tools for application developers to easily integrate security functions into their web-based and mobile applications. VASCO enables more than 10,000 customers in 100 countries to secure access, manage identities, verify transactions, and protect assets across financial, enterprise, E-commerce, government and healthcare markets. Learn more about VASCO at www.vasco.com and on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.
About Fedict As a federal public service, Fedict defines and implements federal e-government strategy. It uses innovative information and communication technology (ICT) to help the various federal public services improve their service portfolios and tailor them to meet the needs of the general public, businesses and civil servants. Fedict is involved in building and developing the software for the electronic identity card (eID).Fedict also develops new online services aimed at the general public, businesses and civil servants, and made available through the federal portal.
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