The Ministry of Transport and Communications in Qatar has launched ‘Tawtheeq’, the National Authentication Service that acts as the national identity provider for all the online services offered by the government. It serves as a secure authentication, Single-Sign-On (SSO), digital signing service, forming a key component in e-services development and security. It provides better security, efficiency, usability for end-users of government e-services.
The new system offers several benefits to both digital service providers and users, including self-registration for users, user verification, single sign-on with same username and password for all government services, digital signing, and many other services, apart from simplifying e-service integration through standard protocols.
According to the Minister of Transport and Communications, HE Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti, the service aims to facilitate quick access for all users to government services and improve the level of their information security inline with the Digital Government 2020 strategy.
He further said that many government entities have already begun to follow the technological development and develop their digital services, which makes the improvement of electronic authentication tools all the more important.
The ease of using the same username and password for all services provided by government entities, provided by this service, helps the user save time and effort and speeds up access to the required services.
The new national authentication system also provides digital identity verification and secure authentication, in line with best global practices in information security. It also solves the hurdles faced by government units in developing digital services, such as the possibility for digital identity to be exposed to theft or breakthrough.