Market for digital identities boosted as Connectis and SIDN join forces
On 1 January, SIDN acquired a majority stake in Connectis. Connectis is one of the Netherlands' biggest suppliers of secure log-in solutions. The company processes millions of log-in transactions a year. The Connectis-SIDN link-up represents a big boost for the digital identities market.
It enables Connectis to realise its growth ambitions and to build towards a future of secure log-in solutions and reusable digital identities. The acquisition also means that we will immediately become an important player on the digital identities market. Connectis's services dovetail neatly with our ambition to make digital living easier and safer for everyone.
Secure log-in solutions
More than twelve million Dutch people use the Connectis infrastructure to log in to upwards of 250 service providers, including large health and non-health insurers, publishers, local governments and central government departments. The highly skilled Connectis team has developed an innovative SaaS platform for secure log-ins, single sign-ons, authorisation, mobile authentication and interfacing with existing log-in systems, such as DigiD, eHerkenning, iDIN (bank IDs) and eIDAS. In eIDAS, Connectis also offers the first independent pan-European solution for secure on-line identification. "People and enterprises want secure access to information, wherever they are and whatever device they're using," explained Connectis CEO Martijn Kaag. "But they also need to have confidence that their data is in reliable hands. By joining forces with an independent, professional organisation like SIDN, we can benefit from their infrastructure and all their experience and expertise in the field of security. That will enable us to develop solutions tailored even better to the requirements of the Dutch and European internet communities."
SIDN's unique position and expertise reinforce the Connectis service portfolio
In recent years, we have invested a great deal of time and energy in optimising the services linked to .nl. The .nl domain is now one of the biggest and most secure domains in the world. The satisfaction survey that we undertook in the autumn showed that .nl registrars are very pleased with the systems and support we provide. The .nl domain is very big in the Netherlands and an important feature of everyone's personal and professional lives. We are an expert organisation and influential players in the Dutch and international internet sectors. Our unique position as an independent, professional organisation can reinforce the Connectis service portfolio. Not only because of our expertise, but also because of our strong focus on quality, reliability and real added value.
Roelof Meijer and Martijn Kaag.