Docbyte is the first company to become a Qualified Trust Service Provider for Qualified Electronic Archiving in Belgium, Europe, and the world.
The certification was performed in June by KPMG Belgium and Docbyte was added to the Trust List last Friday.
There are three Trust Services for which Docbyte is qualified:
- Preservation of Electronic Signatures
- Preservation of Electronic Seals
- Qualified Electronic Archiving
The latter is currently only recognized on a Belgian level, but will soon become one of the new Trust Services as a part of the eIDAS revision.
This achievement in digital preservation ensures non-repudiation for electronic documents and guarantees the long-term preservation of digital signatures and other forms of digital information.
This type of digital preservation has become a necessity in a world where it is important to have guarantees with regard to the authenticity of information now and in years to come.
Many organisations are, however, still unaware of the fact that Digital Signatures should be preserved properly in order to demonstrate the validity over longer periods.
Increased Legal Certainty
Qualified Electronic Archiving is already an obligation when it comes to all document that are related to employment and payroll.
Over time, it will become a legal obligation for preserving all electronic information with a legal retention period in Belgium, and will soon become one of the new European Trust Services under the revision of eIDAS.
This level of assurance with regard to the authenticity, integrity and readability of documents and data is paramount in the European initiatives with regard to fully digitizing the economy and introducing the European Digital Identity Wallet.
This solution can be used for a variety of use cases:
- Meeting GDPR compliance (Right-to-Be-Forgotten, Retention Management)
- Long-Term Preservation of all types of data
- Preservation of Digital Signatures
- Cost Reduction through Application Retirement
- Securing a company’s Digital Vital Records
- Meeting Regulatory Compliance (MiFID II, eIDAS, Digital Act, etc.)
The Docbyte website has also been updated in order to better explain these capabilities.
An Important Milestone for Docbyte
“This is one of the most important days in the existence of our company. This achievement is something that we have been working towards for years and is the proof and validation that we have been doing the right thing. We hope that this will be a milestone in creating a safer and better way for preserving and sharing digital information and signatures,”
Said Frederik Rosseel, CEO of Docbyte.
Michiel Van Driessche, Technical Product Owner, added,
“After years of hard work, reviewing various standards, and exploring the technical possibilities to make these standards work together into a coherent solution, I am pleased that we are being recognized through our certification. This certification proves that we have succeeded in building the most comprehensive solution possible that can meet the various regulations.”
Tom De Cubber, Chief Compliance Officer, emphasized the importance of this certification in the realm of qualified electronic archiving, stating,
‘An accredited independent party has confirmed that we really understand and practice all security and compliance requirements that guarantee a secure archiving solution, even for the most sensitive contracts. It’s great to be part of this cutting-edge technology journey in qualified electronic archiving that offers a European context for secure collaboration and information exchange.”
Qualified Electronic Archiving: A Mature Solution
Docbyte has been working in the field of Enterprise Archiving since its foundation in 2006. Docbyte started creating its digital archiving solution back in 2014, based on the OAIS-model, and has customers in Healthcare, Finance and Insurance, and the Public Sector.