Protecting data is essential when it comes to electronic business. Sensitive data requires physical (redundancy, resilience, emergency recovery...), electronic (encryption, digital signing, ...) and legal protection.
All these aspects are strongly rooted in the Luxembourg legal system, while ensuring a high degree of business efficiency.
Luxembourg data centers follow maximum security requirements and offer closed-loop control systems through their bandwidth suppliers. Luxembourg implemented a highly resilient local loop interconnecting national and international telecom operators to ensure a stable and high speed access to the Internet.
Information security and high performance telecommunication networks figure among the core research priorities of the National Research Fund. These national priorities are implemented at university and public research centre level.
The protection of electronic transactions
The development of electronic commerce and online administration has to ensure data circulation under secure conditions and guarantee the authenticity of the author and the recipient of such information. Luxembourg introduced an electronic signature called LuxTrust certificate in 2007.
The LuxTrust certificates operate on the basis of a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) corresponding to a collection of hardware, software and cryptographic components designed to maintain confidence during an exchange between several parties: authentication of all partners, message confidentiality and integrity, non-repudiation of messages.
Because confidence is essential to fostering further investment in Luxembourg, the Government had the foresight to create a public institution to accredit all certificate-issuing bodies: the Luxembourg Institute for Standardization, Accreditation, Security and Quality of Products and Services (ILNAS)(www.ilnas.public.lu).
The Luxembourg Government also plays a major role in strengthening user confidence through its CASES awareness campaigns (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure) or its cyber security strategy. A national CERT has also been created.
Finally, the Luxembourg context requires multidisciplinary experts which led the University of Luxembourg to introduce a Master course in Management of IT Systems Security.
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