Hannes Krause: taking digital identity to the next level

Hannes Krause

Head of Sales and Partnerships (Digital Identity)

Hannes is Cybernetica's new head of sales and partnerships for digital identity technologies.

“Our experience in the Nordic-Baltic region shows that SplitKey is a trustworthy technology that can be used by any Digital Wallet to achieve the highest assurance, allowing it to be used by all Europeans with any type of smartphone.”

I joined Cybernetica last month as the new head of sales and partnerships for digital identity technologies. This decision was fueled by an awesome new challenge: the chance to work with Cybernetica’s kick-ass identity technology SplitKey, the only smartphone-based authentication and signing solution compliant with the highest regulatory standards and certifications.

Our digital identity offering is geared towards partners who can only accept the highest level of assurance in their digital identity solution. However, this assurance has to come with a considerable level of flexibility. Any identity technology is successful only if it can be made available for and usable by everybody, be it citizens of a country, employees of a company, or members of a community.

So far we have seen great results on the extremely demanding Nordic-Baltic market, where the usage numbers of our technology are something we are really proud of. Every third person in the Baltic states uses the SplitKey-based Smart-ID service on a daily basis, either for authentication or digital signatures. In the world of identity technology, this may sound like science fiction.

Moving forward, we aim to make SplitKey available for all our partners who want to enjoy its benefits of assurance and flexibility while avoiding the risks related to in-house responsibilities that usually come with the building and maintaining a tailor-made identity solution based on our technology. After all, even technologies offering the highest assurance should be usable in different ways.

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As the former head of the cyber programme of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of EU in 2017, the current developments in Brussels are also exciting for me. It will be fascinating to see how the European Digital Identity Wallet will end up being built. Discussions with our European partners have already shown to me that if the EU is going to be successful in implementing a Digital Identity Wallet it has to overcome exactly the same challenges SplitKey was designed and developed to tackle.

At Cybernetica, we are ready to show the way and share our knowledge with our European partners. Our experience in the Nordic-Baltic region shows that SplitKey is a trustworthy technology that can be used by any Digital Wallet to achieve the highest assurance, allowing it to be used by all Europeans with any type of smartphone.

It is quite the honour to join Cybernetica, the tech powerhouse of the Estonian digital ecosystem, and it’s especially exciting to join the team today. There aren’t that many other companies with such a high concentration of experts at the top of their field. Ultimately, it’s all about the people: our Digital Identity team is so awesome that I would have joined Cybernetica in a heartbeat anyway, SplitKey or no SplitKey.

The future is built by us today. Stay tuned for more from Cybernetica!