Simplified digital signatures to be introduced in Kazakhstan this year

Simplified digital signatures to be introduced in Kazakhstan this year
Kazakhstan will introduce a simplified version of a digital signature already in 2020, Kazakh Minister of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace Industry Askar Zhumagaliyev announced at the press briefing. He said that soon it will not be necessary to install additional software that was previously required in order to use a digital signature. Another innovation is that a digital signature will be stored not on a computer, but on a server protected by a video identification system. This means that the new type of digital signatures will no longer have to be stored in the old-fashioned way whether on a personal computer or a flash drive.
“A few months ago we transferred the process of obtaining a digital signature to a remote mode. Currently, we are developing a simplified version of digital signatures which will not require installing the ‘NCALayer’ software,” said Zhumagaliyev.

A new version of a digital signature will be an excellent alternative to the existing one at least because it will be impossible to lose it. No one else will be able to use someone else’s digital signature either. Zhumagaliyev noted that now the project is currently under development, but promised that a simplified digital signature will be available already in 2020.

“No one will be able to access a personal digital signature without passing the video identification and password verification first. Currently, the ‘National Information Technologies’ JSC, the Information Security Committee and the State Technical Service are working out the security issues,” Zhumagaliyev emphasized.

To date, more than 10 million Kazakh citizens are using digital signatures. Previously, in order to get the digital signature, people specifically had to go to public service centers. However, when the nationwide state of emergency was declared in Kazakhstan caused by COVID-19 pandemic, it became possible to get a digital signature online and even on a smartphone. As a result, nearly 650,000 Kazakh citizens received their digital signatures without having to visit public service centers.

Digital transformation embraced other public services provided in Kazakhstan as well. Zhumagaliyev said that the overall level of their automation in the country reached 82 percent. He noted that last year it was planned to simplify more than 196 public services, but in reality it turned out much more. Kazakh Ministry of Digital Development, Innovation and Aerospace Industry managed to implement nearly 350 integrations by using the ‘Smart Bridge’ platform.

“The government is working on the automation of public services. A lot of work has been done in 2019. To date, 82 percent of all of the public services were digitalized. This result was achieved due to a lot of work that was done on the integration of information systems by all of the state bodies,” Zhumagaliyev concluded.