Uudis on inglise keeles.A new project to promote the safe use of smart devices and the development of secure mobile e-services has been hailed as an opportunity to set an example to the world.

President of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves said the Nutikaitse 2017 initiative was an example of co-operation across digital society.

He said, “Estonia is one of the leading countries in the world for e-services and developments but the rapid changes which cyber society is bringing come with their own challenges and risks. By becoming the country with the most secure information society we can set an example. This is our chance.”

The agreement was signed on 5 November 2013 by Certification Centre, the Estonian Information Systems Authority, Swedbank, SEB, TeliaSonera, EMT, Elisa and Tele2. The project co-ordinator is Look@World Foundation.

The overall aim of Nutikaitse 2017 is to raise security awareness among mobile smart device users, developers and retailers. The project will promote the safe use of mobile smart devices and also aims to ensure that secure software solutions are easily accessible and user-friendly.

The goal of the project is to ensure that 70% of mobile smart device owners in Estonia use their devices in a secure way by the end of 2017. With the help of Nutikaitse 2017, at least 300,000 people in Estonia will use the secure Mobile-ID for electronic authentification and digital signatures. The vision is also that 80% of Estonian e-service providers, developers and Estonian Association of Information and Technology members will have joined the initiative.

People in Estonia are heavy internet users. Some 78.4% of 16-74 year olds use the internet and 75% of households have internet access (September 2012.) There is also a clear pattern of increasing mobile smart device use. A study by GfK Retail and Technology showed that from July-September 2013, 62.45% of all phones sold were smartphones. The project aims to ensure that security awareness keeps up with the latest trends.

Look@World Foundation has previous experience successfully running similar projects. For example, between 2006-2009 the Computer Security project was launched with the objective of raising internet users' awareness of security and encourage them to use strong methods of authentification in electronic services. The project's target of 400,000 unique ID card users was achieved in January 2010. In 2006 there had been only 20,000 users. And through the Come Along! Project, 100,000 people gained help and advice in using the internet and e-services. The project ran for three years from April 2009 to November 2011.

Look@World Foundation was founded in 2001 and its goal is to encourage and popularise the use of the internet, raising the quality of life in Estonia and the country's competitiveness in Europe.

About the project Nutikaitse 2017:

The project includes:
- Training and seminars for Estonian ICT specialists and developers to develop secure e-services and apps,
- Setting security rules for smart device developments,
- Training and campaigns for the wider public to raise awareness about the secure use of smart devices and Mobile ID.

About Mobile ID:
Mobile-ID is service that allows a client to use a mobile phone as a form of secure electronic ID. Like the ID Card, it can be used for accessing secure e-services and digitally signing documents, but has the advantage of not requiring a card reader. Mobile-ID enables secure e-operations, like logging in to online banks or signing documents on computers and mobile phones in Estonia and abroad. With Mobile-ID, secure e-operations can be done on computers, which do not have an ID-card reader.

About the ID-Card:
In Estonia the mandatory national card serves as the digital access card for all the country’s secure e-services. The chip on the card carries embedded files which, using 2048-bit public key encryption, enable it to be used as definitive proof of ID in an electronic environment. The electonic use of the ID-card is varied – from electronic authentication to digital signatures and e-voting.

For more information visit: www.id.ee

Facts about e-Estonia:
- In Estonia 78.4% of 16-74 year olds use the Internet and 75% of households have Internet access in Estonia (September 2012).
- Over 86% of citizens have ID-cards. It is also possible to affix a digital signature that is legally equal to a handwritten signature. Approximately 40% of ID-card owners have used digital ID to authenticate themselves or give a digital signature (statistics: 2011).
- Over 140,000 e-voters took part in the Estonian parliamentary elections of 2011.
- There are over 30,000 owners of Mobile ID in Estonia, about 80% of them use it. (October 2012)
- 95% of people declared their income electronically.

Source: www.ria.ee

Additional information:
Kristi Kivilo
Look@World Foundation

Nutikaitse 2017 - Technical information:
Alvar Laigna
Bind Creative LLC
CTO / Partner