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SwissSign milestones

The history of SwissSign and its products and services


Swiss Post has acquired SwissSign Group Ltd. with effect from 1 October 2021. The company will now become an independent subsidiary of Swiss Post Group. 

  • The creation and implementation of a digital identity in Switzerland – under the umbrella of SwissSign Group – is on course for success. On 8 October 2019, the number of SwissID users went past the 1 million mark. The original goal was to reach the milestone of 1 million users by the end of 2019. Thanks also to the continuously growing ecosystem, this milestone has now been reached much earlier. By 2022, the aim is for around 4 million users to regularly use the SwissID ecosystem for simple and secure access to a wide range of online services.
  • With the Swiss IT Conference (SIK), an important partner of the public administrations is also signing a cooperation agreement for SwissID with SwissSign Group. Since October 2019, SwissID has been available with attractive conditions to federal, cantonal, city and municipal administrations.

The foundation of SwissSign Group AG as a joint venture to create and implement a digital identity in Switzerland. SBB, Swiss Post, Swisscom, Banque Cantonale de Genève, Credit Suisse, Entris Banking, Luzerner Kantonalbank, Raiffeisen, Six Group, UBS, Zürcher Kantonalbank, Axa, Baloise, CSS, Helvetia, Mobiliar, SWICA, Swiss Life, Vaudoise and Zurich are the broad, state-affiliated supporters of the joint enterprise.

  • Swiss Post, SBB, Swisscom, Credit Suisse, Raiffeisen, UBS, Zürcher Kantonalbank, financial services provider SIX and Schweizerische Mobiliar have all signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a joint company that will create and implement a digital ID for the people of Switzerland.
  • SwissSign with new head. On 8 May 2017 SwissSign AG became a joint venture of Swiss Post and SBB, with each holding 50% of the share capital. CEO Markus Naef will lead the company into a new era.

  • SwissSign with expanded offer. SwissID is the latest generation of digital identity which is offered to companies and authorities right away by SwissSign. With it, in the near future, users will have simple and secure access to many online services (websites and apps). They easily log in, transfer personal data, identify themselves or provide documents with a legally valid signature. They retain full control over the use of their data at all times here.

  • SwissSign a strong partner. The new ownership structure is changing nothing in the existing offer. SwissSign AG’s current business as a certificate service provider will remain unrestricted and will be supplemented with that from the new digital identity. With the expanded services customers and partners will be able to count even more on having a strong partner with SwissSign. A Partner, who looks forward to accompanying you in a successful digital future.
  • In accordance with the baseline requirements of the CA/Browser Forum, only SSL certificates with a term of 39 months may be issued as of 1 April. SwissSign therefore removes its five-year SSL certificates from its portfolio.
  • SwissSign launches its SwissSign Signing Service.
  • With the total revision of the Anti-Money Laundering Ordinance, the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) creates the legal basis for the digitalisation of customer acquisition – a milestone for the Swiss financial centre. Thanks to the Yellow Identification and SuisseID services, it will in future be possible to open bank accounts online. Both Swiss Post solutions fulfil the requirements of the new Anti-Money Laundering Ordinance.
  • SwissSign launches its new solution-oriented and responsive website.
  • SSL Multi-Domain with a main entry (FQDN) and now up to 40 additional FQDN entries in the SAN field.
  • Domains with and without "www": both domains are now protected with a single certificate with SwissSign.
  • SwissSign adds Multi-Domain SSL certificates to its portfolio at Gold and Gold EV level. These replace the UCC/SAN certificates.
  • SwissSign switches from SHA-1 to SHA-2 certificates.

SwissSign certificates meet the requirements of the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) for the outsourcing of banking services.

  • SwissSign develops and produces SuisseID and the SwissSigner signature software for Swiss Post:
  • SwissSign produces the first UCC/SAN and code signing certificates.
  • The Swiss Federal Administration officially recognises IncaMail, developed by SwissSign, as a secure electronic delivery platform and in doing so allows for encrypted and verifiable e-mail communication with authorities.
  • SwissSign produces the first SSL Gold EV and SSL Wildcard certificates.
  • SwissSign produces around two million certificates for the insurance cards of the Helsana Group.
  • SwissSign develops and produces IncaMail for Swiss Post – the secure and verifiable e-mail service:
  • SwissSign launches its first web shop.
  • SwissSign produces the Post Certificate for Swiss Post.
  • SwissSign offers an organisation certificate which is compliant with the Ordinance on Electronic Data and Information (OElDI) and the Company Accounts Decree (GeBüV).
  • KPMG certifies SwissSign as a recognised provider of qualified certificates in accordance with the Swiss Electronic Signature Act (ZertES).
  • SwissSign meets the requirements set by WebTrust and ISO 27001.

Swiss Post assumes complete ownership of SwissSign AG.


SwissSign AG is founded as a specialist for certificate-based IT security and data protection (privacy).