Bostjan Kezmah is certified information systems auditor (ISACA) and judicial expert and appraiser for information technology and software. He is senior lecturer at the University of Maribor, president of certified information systems auditors section at the Slovenian Institute of Auditors and CEO of PostAR, software provider for certified electronic mail. His pursuit for broadly available, legally compliant and simpleprotocol for certified electronic mail started 10 years ago while developing highly sen sitive information system for the Notary Chamber of Slovenia - National Registry of Wills. His research and development prototypes lead to patented solution for open secure certified electronic mail protocol based on standard electronic mail protocol SMTP. With his background in IT security and software development he is leading PostAR development team in its efforts to evolve and further simplify certified electronic mail service that is hosted as SaaS by the Post of Slovenia.
Why should you attend the lecture?
The decision to provide its own cloud, based on HP products, has proved as an important strategic decision. The Post of Slovenia has full control over the service and all the tools necessary (e.g. IT audits, ISO compliance, penetration tests) to prove security and geographic location of IT infrastructure according to EU privacy laws and other legal requirements to its customers.
The PostAR service solves the problem of technical security, transactional integrity and legal security of email with any existing electronic mailbox while retaining procedures and ease of use common for regular email. Legal conformance is being introduced with emphasis on the European Union egulation, integrating with existing national certified electronic mail systems where available. The main goal of the service was the substitution for regular certified mail in electronic world, decrease the costs of regular certified mail and allow public sector users to reach all of the citizens without any investment and without citizens explicitly registering up-front as the users of the service or changing their email address.
PostAR is a success story of an established company, the Post of Slovenia, working together with a startup to introduce a new business model and a new service on an established business market. While the Post of Slovenia had the necessary resources, cloud infrastructure and leading market position, it needed additional push in innovation. Partnering with the startup based on income commission allowed it to distribute startup risks and gain access to patented solution at the same time. Up to this point of the project, it is still a win-win business model for both businesses. Thanks to its own SaaS solution, the Post of Slovenia is now in a position allowing it to expand cross-border while traditionally it only provided national services.