June 20, 2007

TCS issues 200,000 digital signature certificates


Tata Consultancy Services has become the first certifying authority (CA) in India to issue more than 200,000 digital signature certificates. TCS certifying authority is the largest and the first CA to cross the one hundred thousandth mark, in February this year, and is the largest CA in the country in terms of the number of certificates issued.

TCS CA has shown spectacular growth during the past year, thanks to various initiatives by the government of India, such as the MCA 21 programme. The number of certificates issued to MCA-21 users alone is in excess of 150,000.

TCS has been instrumental in creating awareness of the protection offered by the widespread use of digital signatures, and in offering a variety of desktop and server-side utilities that make it easy to use the digital certificate technology. TCS CA has provided solutions to all the key and high-value segments of society, such as internet banking, stock trading, filing income tax returns, and so on. The phenomenal growth in the number of digital certificates has been facilitated by providing user-friendly, best-in-class technology solutions, such as the TCS public key infrastructure (PKI) called Dhruvamâ„¢, as well as several associated utilities such as FileSignerâ„¢, FormSignerâ„¢, etc.

Dr M Vidyasagar, executive vice president and head, advanced technology centre at TCS, Hyderabad, said: "Until the advent of TCS CA, PKI technology was considered user-unfriendly and difficult to deploy on a widespread geographic scale. Several customers within the government of India and the financial community rely on our products and solutions."

The TCS advanced technology centre at Hyderabad conceptualised and led the R&D initiative to develop public key infrastructure products like digital signatures since 2000. TCS now offers an entire gamut of PKI related products, solutions and services ranging from digital signature services, PKI consulting, CA hosting to PKI enabling of applications, which conform to international standards and the Indian Information Technology Act.

V Rajanna, regional head, TCS Andhra Pradesh region, said, "Products like digital signatures developed at TCS Hyderabad clearly show that this city is emerging as a destination for high-value research and development work and TCS is at the forefront of leveraging the vast talent pool available in this city and the region to help our customers globally."

Dr Kamlesh Bajaj, global head, Information Risk Management and Managed Security Services, said, "The 200,000 landmark reflects the level of trust and confidence enjoyed by the TCS certifying authority among our subscriber base, registration authorities and subordinate certifying authorities under the TCS-CA trust network," Dr Bajaj added.