The European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) allows scientists and researchers to share data with colleagues across the world, which may involve moving sensitive information through secure channels. EGI takes privacy issues seriously to guarantee data security.
Most web-based services (e.g. e-mail providers, social networks, online shopping) use a combination of password and ‘user ID’ (login name or email address) to protect their users’ privacy and secure their data.
EGI goes a step further and requires users to obtain a personal grid certificate to authenticate their identity within the infrastructure. This may seem like an unnecessary inconvenience, but personal grid certificates are the best way to ensure a secure working environment for all as they act as a high-quality proof of your electronic identity – similar to the way a government issued passport identifies you when crossing national borders.
Please go through these steps to obtain your personal grid certificate.
You can find the website and contacts of your local grid Certification Authority in the EUGridPMA website.
Users from non-European countries can find their local authority through the International Grid Trust Federation webpage.
Each Certification Authority follows a different set of procedures according to its local requirements. Please refer to your local authority for details.