LuxTrust S.A. is a national certification authority between the Government and major private sector players. Luxembourg was the first European country with a national Public Key Infrastructure, providing online certification both for e-government applications and for the private sector (e-banking, e-commerce, etc). LuxTrust helps meet a need for increased security in electronic commerce through the adoption of standards recognised worldwide.
The Government plays a major role in strengthening user confidence through its CASES awareness campaigns (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure). The initiative was established in order to inform SMEs and end users about security of information systems and communications and to ensure the daily monitoring of threats and vulnerabilities. CASES provides a network operating in the area of outreach and prevention for the establishment of a common Internet security culture.
The mission ofthe Luxembourg Institute for Standardization, Accreditation, Security and Quality of Products and Services (ILNAS). is to increase trust in digital security, especially through the following activities:
- accreditation, notification and surveillance of all certification service providers (distributing and managing certificates or supplying services related to the electronic signature) and electronic archiving systems,
- monitoring and developing the Public Key Infrastructure.
In addition, a Luxembourg consortium comprising several public and private institutions and research units is actively involved in developing standards in the field of information technology on an international level. Luxembourg is a member of the Joint Technical Committee 1/ISO/IEC, an initiative of the International Organization for Standardization, whose research domain lies particularly in the field of information technology. As a permanent member Luxembourg is particularly active in the sub-committees Software Engineering (sub-committee JTC1/SC7) and ICT Security Technologies (sub-committee SC27). The country is also project editor covering several technical standards related to information security management systems (the “27001 series”).
Furthermore, in 2009 ILNAS launched a research and innovation project based on digital confidence in close collaboration with the Public Research Centre Henri Tudor.
Early 2009, the University of Luxembourg created its first research centre – the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) to spearhead one of the university’s priority areas. SnT aims to achieve high impact and excellence by collaborating with external partners such as industries, government bodies, institutions, and international actors. It brings together researchers from external partners and the UL faculties to carry out research and PhD education in Security, Reliability and Trust. Research activities are carried out through interdisciplinary research platforms targeting key areas of strategic importance for the region: communication and network infrastructures, services and content, and enterprise security. In the SnT Partnership Programme, members contribute to the Centre at all levels, in the governance with representation on the Advisory Board, in the strategy and planning on the Industrial Advisory Board and in the operations with participation in research projects. For further reading: article published in FOCUS No. 5.
CIRCL (Computer Incident Response Center Luxembourg) is the national Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT - CERT) coordination center for the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg.
CIRCL is operated by SMILE ("security made in Lëtzebuerg"), a State funded "groupement d'intérêt économique" (GIE), designed to improve information security and create new opportunities for Luxembourg.
Ministries and administrations, critical infrastructure operators as well as some major players in sensitive sectors are part of the Governmental CERT.
Educational and research CERT
The University of Luxembourg, higher education institutions, public and private research centers, cultural institutions, primary and secondary schools as well as individual users of RESTENA services form the Educational and research CERT.