A Comparison of Trust Models

Marc Sel

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This article presents a comparative study of trust models, a term often used without a well-defined specification. Nevertheless, most automated enterprise processes rely on it. Examples include Automated Border Control gates, e-Government systems such as Tax-On-Web, electronic banking and money transfer and many more. We first present a short introduction to trust models. We then propose key terms to describe how trust can be established, and illustrate how these terms can be applied. Finally we compare the trust models created by ICAO PKD, EU eIDAS, US FICAM and Bitcoin, and present a conclusion.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationISSE 2015
Subtitle of host publicationHighlights of the Information Security Solutions Europe 2015 Conference
EditorsNorbert Pohlmann, Helmut Reimer, Wolfgang Schneider
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-658-10934-9
ISBN (Print)978-3-658-10933-2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sept 2015


  • trust
  • pki
  • Identity Management Systems

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