The initial concept of what was to become SecMaker was established back in 1994.
Today, over 20 years later, SecMaker is a leading and trusted provider of smart card-based IT security solutions. We help companies, organisations and public agencies to protect and secure information, systems and traffic for more than 1 million users.
In 1994 the software company NetMaker was founded. This was the initial concept that was transformed into the IT security company SecMaker. NetMaker developed and supplied software-based solutions for electronic banking with Bankgirot, the Swedish bank giro enterprise, and the leading commercial banks as key business partners.
The software NetMaker BgCom was in 1996, one of Sweden’s first major projects involving digital security applications based on PKI and smart cards. Formed with a realization that PKI and smart cards had a potential far beyond just secure payments.
In the summer of 2001 the electronic banking business was sold and SecMaker was founded. SecMaker’s objective, to package the collective expertise and engineering knowhow around PKI and smart cards, is still after 20 years more relevant than ever for IT security.
We decided to develop a completely new PKI client. Based on five bold but, to us, obvious aims we wanted the new client to be:
- Modular and based on open standards to permit simple integration into all common platforms and environments
- Fully operational in a Citrix and Terminal Server environment
- Easy to download and access
- Easy to update and upgrade in operation, to avoid time-consuming manual adjustments and system restarts
- Capable of offering flexible support for new and old smart cards alik
One of the first Net iD customers was Telia, the Swedish telecoms giant. When it initiated a project in February 2005 concerning its citizen ID services, it had no fewer than three PKI clients from different suppliers.
The company’s goal was harmonization to one client. Net iD fitted the bill and the three competing solutions were replaced by a single, integrated solution that met every need for Telia’s e-security offering. The new solution resulted in a reduction in admin and support costs for Telia and improved usability and accessibility for Swedes.
SecMaker AB has now been working in software and services in PKI and smart cards for 20 years, a unique position in the Nordic market. By focusing on secure, easy-to-use, cost effective security solutions, SecMaker has continued to grow and win the appreciation of partners and customers alike. Today, Net iD is a dominant security solution in the Swedish public sector, with a growing base of end users from the Nordic's leading supplier of smart-card-based security.