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Comtrust brings PKI to Pakistan

Comtrust, the e-business solutions provider unit of Etisalat entered into an alliance with the e-World Wide Group with the aim of making Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) applications available in the Pakistani market.

Comtrust, the e-business solutions provider unit of Etisalat entered into an alliance with the e-World Wide Group with the aim of making Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) applications available in the Pakistani market as an area of special focus.

“As the region’s pioneer in PKI related technologies, Comtrust is uniquely qualified, bringing the necessary expertise, experience, technology and regional understanding required to build a workable model for introduction of PKI-enabled applications in Pakistan,” says Comtrust’s general manager, Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar.

PKI comprises of policies and procedures for establishing a secure method for exchanging information within an organisation, an industry, a nation or worldwide. It includes the use of certification authorities (CAs) and digital signatures as well as all the hardware and software used to manage the process. It is designed to ensure the identification and authentication of parties involved in online transactions across the internet thereby helping to eliminate fraudulent actions.

Comtrust is the UAE’s only Digital Certification Authority. The government IT security agency is also a regional provider of online credit card authentication technologies meeting the new verified-by-Visa and MasterCard’s Secure Code standards.

“The partnership with Comtrust will enable us to quickly bring quality e-applications to Pakistan. With the promulgation of the electronic transactions ordinance, the proposed creation of an effective and efficient PKI within Pakistan becomes a viable option,” says Salma Abbasi, president, eWWG.

Under the terms of the agreement eWWG will bring in their domain knowledge, extensive networking, credibility in the market and demonstrated ability to achieve results in the region. Comtrust will contribute through technical capability, intellectual property, knowledge base and infrastructure.

“We have been working closely with the key players within industry sectors as well as sourcing feedback from various corporate IT arms. We have identified that a pent up demand exists and needs to be effectively addressed. Our initial step will be to offer special consultancy services through Comtrust in order to lay the framework before undertaking turnkey projects,” adds Abbasi.

For Comtrust Julfar believes the new alliance constitutes a major step forward as e-specialist seeks to increase its penetration into markets outside the UAE. “Geographic expansion is a key business objective of Comtrust. Partnerships such as this are critical to our ability to project our services outside the UAE. Pakistan is a developing market and thanks to this new alliance we are positioned to make significant contributions to the creation of economically viable options for Pakistan market,” he says.

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