5 Unusual Places to Approve a Document

Posted by Victoria Morgan on Aug 25, 2016 3:14:19 PM

With the holiday season in full swing, it’s likely you or your colleagues are jetting off to far-flung destinations. In an ideal world, work can wait until you get back but sometimes there are certain tasks that need your approval even when you should be taking time off.

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Topics: online digital signatures, online document signing, document approval, sign documents online, document approval workflow

How to Provision Users in SigningHub

Posted by M Wahaj Khan on Aug 17, 2016 2:09:00 PM

Creating a SigningHub account is simple but provisioning hundreds or even thousands of users can be complex. This blog aims to simplify and explain the SigningHub provisioning options:

  • Self-provisioning
  • Enterprise provisioning
    • SigningHub Admin based provisioning
    • Programmatic provisioning
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Topics: digital signing, user experience, Enterprise provisioning, Provisioning SigningHub users, Auto Provisioning

Welcoming eIDAS – What Regulatory Changes Do I Need to Make?

Posted by Craig Roberts on Jul 1, 2016 11:00:41 AM

eIDAS comes into effect across 28 EU Member States today. The regulation’s aim is to enable greater cross-border recognition of electronic Trust Services (eTS) and eIDs.

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Topics: eIDAS,, esignatures,, eu qualified signatures, european union, EU policies, eu legislation, european law, eu directives, eSeal, electronic seal, EU regulations, european legislation

Moving to the Cloud: Benefits and Concerns

Posted by Sam Crook on Jun 8, 2016 12:25:43 PM

Cloud is fast becoming the new normal for businesses. A recent survey by Intel revealed that in the next 16 months 80% of IT budgets will be invested in cloud technology. Considering the many benefits it is no surprise that companies are considering the move to the cloud.

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Topics: digital signatures, e-signatures, cloud solutions, advanced digital signatures, cloud, advanced electronic signatures, cloud-based e-signature solutions

SigningHub Summer '16 Release

Posted by Craig Roberts on Jun 1, 2016 7:56:34 AM

On 31st May, Ascertia launched the SigningHub Summer '16 release (v6.5). With a new mobile app and support for mobile web, this release provides the best user experience to date!

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Topics: digital signatures, Document signing, New Release, e-signatures, mobile app, user experience, security enhancements, summer release, mobile web

How e-Signatures Benefit the Finance Department

Posted by Sam Crook on May 9, 2016 8:10:27 AM

In our latest series of blogs, we explain how SigningHub can be used across a company and how different lines of business can transform their document workflows. We started with the sales department, next is finance.

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Topics: digital signatures, e-signatures, productivity, document workflow, finance department, finance managment, PDF/A, financial managment, finance, business, finance management software

How to Accelerate Your Sales with Digital Signatures

Posted by Sam Crook on Apr 22, 2016 3:41:08 PM

In this new series of blogs, we explain how SigningHub can be used across a business and how different lines of business can transform their document workflows. We start with the sales department and business development.

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Topics: digital signatures, e-signatures, productivity, sales, compliance, sales management software, sales tracking software, sales increment, document workflow, sales managment, business

SigningHub Wins Productivity and Collaboration Product of the Year at the UK Cloud Awards 2016

Posted by Sam Crook on Apr 15, 2016 11:35:33 AM

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded Productivity and Collaboration Product of the Year at the UK Cloud Awards 2016. This is a great achievement for us and is recognition of our commitment to providing a secure e-signature solution that enables teams to accelerate the signing process.

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Topics: digital signatures, cloud signing, productivity, best e-signature solution, collaboration, e-signature solution, UK Cloud Awards, UK Cloud Awards 2016, UK cloud market

Implementing Corporate eSeals on business documents – the eIDAS Way!

Posted by Liaquat Khan on Apr 8, 2016 12:51:50 PM

Corporate seals have been used by companies to protect paper documents from forgery for a long time.  A document stamped with the company seal implied that it was officially from the company, i.e. the legal entity rather than a natural person such as the company director. 

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Topics: digital signatures, eIDAS,, e-signatures, eu qualified signatures, EU news, european union, EU policies, EU data protection, eu legislation, european law, eu directives, eSeal, electronic seal, EU regulations, european legislation

Has EU-US Data Transfer Deal Reached a Safe Harbor?

Posted by Sam Crook on Feb 23, 2016 12:51:21 PM

It is challenging to write about Safe Harbor, the international data sharing agreement, because the situation is changing daily. A replacement framework was announced in early February. Five days later, scepticism and confusion followed.

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Topics: digital signatures, e-signatures, eu qualified signatures, EU news, european union, EU data protection directive, EU data privacy, EU policies, EU data protection, Safe Harbor

SigningHub Spring '16 Release

Posted by Craig Roberts on Feb 17, 2016 12:34:24 PM

On 22nd February Ascertia launches SigningHub Spring '16 release (v6.4). Packed full of features and security this revision builds on the solid foundation and simply improves the best signing service available.

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Topics: bulk signing, New Release, user experience, workflow evidence report, local signing, spring release, bulk sign

Local signing with smartcards just got a little easier!

Posted by Liaquat Khan on Feb 8, 2016 1:35:58 PM

Introduction

Local signing  - i.e. where the signing key is held locally by the user on a Secure Signature Creation Device (SSCD) typically in the form of a tamper-resistant smartcard or USB token - had hit a serious roadblock in recent months.  

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Topics: online document signing, Document signing, local signing, strong security

How e-Signatures Improve Workplace Productivity and Workflows

Posted by Sam Crook on Jan 19, 2016 2:00:48 PM

The successful digitisation of business processes is not an easy undertaking. Paperless offices may still be some way away. However, many core business tasks have been significantly improved through innovative technologies and solutions. One of the main drivers behind these enhancements is the desire of businesses for a more productive, efficient and cost effective workplace.

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Topics: e-signatures, workflow managment, productivity

6 common threats to your e-signed documents

Posted by Craig Roberts on Jan 12, 2016 12:25:10 PM

Have you considered whether your e-signatures can survive court scrutiny? It's unlikely you would be asking your customers, employees or partners to sign documents unless you wanted their agreement to be legally-binding in case of disputes. 

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Topics: e-sign, esign documents, esigning documents, e-sign documents, e-document signing, e-sign solutions, e-sign document

Digital Signatures: The Business Benefits - Published in Fresh Business Thinking

Posted by Sam Crook on Dec 28, 2015 8:52:54 AM

Rod Crook, our Solutions Director, was recently asked by industry publication Fresh Business Thinking to write a guest article. Titled ‘Going digital: The benefits of digital signatures for businesses’, the article explains the advantages for organisations searching for ways to improve business efficiencies. He also offers advice around how to choose a suitable solution in a congested marketplace.

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Topics: digital signatures, digital signing, best signing solution, signing solution

The Evolution of the Signature – From Wax Seal to e-Signature

Posted by Sam Crook on Dec 11, 2015 7:12:42 AM

Important documents are signed all the time: wills, contracts, government documents, the list is endless. The person’s signature identifies the signer, but also authorises the document by proving that they agreed to the terms stated.

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Topics: digital signatures, e-sign, e-signing, e-signatures, electronic sign, history of signatures

Dissecting the differences between DocuSign and SigningHub e-Signatures

Posted by Liaquat Khan on Nov 13, 2015 7:09:19 AM

We often get asked how the digital signatures produced by SigningHub are different from DocuSign. Although at a basic level the document signing services may seem similar, there are significant differences when you take apart the e-signatures and analyse the security mechanisms being employed. 

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Topics: online document signing, e-signing, e-signatures

World Paper Free Day – Reduce Consumption and Increase Efficiency with Digital Signatures

Posted by Sam Crook on Nov 6, 2015 10:56:33 AM

Today is World Paper Free Day, an initiative by AIIM (The Global Community of Information Professionals) to reduce the amount of paper generated in workplaces by everyday tasks.

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Topics: digital signatures, e-sign, go paperless, paperless office solutions, paperless

SigningHub Winter '15 Release

Posted by M Wahaj Khan on Nov 2, 2015 1:03:29 PM

On 2nd November Ascertia launches the SigningHub Winter '15 release (v6.3). It's packed with state of the art security and ease of use features benefiting first-time users as well as power users. We're confident that you will be pleased with the significant enhancements, all aimed at improving the user experience. As always, all existing SigningHub users will be automatically upgraded.

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Topics: New Release, user experience, workflow evidence report, local signing, mobile app sdk, winter release

How to select the right type of eSignature for your business

Posted by Liaquat Khan on Sep 17, 2015 9:28:29 AM

INTRODUCTION:

One of the most confusing aspects for an organisation wishing to deploy an e-signature solution is understanding the technical jargon that different providers use. There are many e-signature schemes being offered in the market, with significant differences in terms of security and trust.

However there is very little documentation that explains these different techniques and thus allows them to be compared and assessed for their suitability in meeting a particular business purpose. Due to our extensive research in this area we have developed a high-level eBook "Choosing the right type of e-signature" with key information that helps business managers and technical architects understand the various types of e-signature that exist.

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Topics: e-signing, e-signatures, eu qualified signatures, biometric esignture

5 tips to accelerate e-signature adoption in your organisation

Posted by Liaquat Khan on Aug 20, 2015 11:58:00 AM

INTRODUCTION:

Implementing an e-signature solution successfully can be a great investment, quickly saving enormous time & money for your organisation, whilst easing life for your customers, employees and partners.  But how do you get it right and not be left with yet another system for users to learn and/or avoid?

From our experience, it’s all in the integration - that is, how seamless is the user experience from interacting with your business applications to interacting with the e-signing platform in getting documents prepared, sent, signed and completed. 

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Topics: e-sign, electronic signatures,, electronic signing,, e-signing, e-signatures, integration

SigningHub Summer '15 Release

Posted by M Wahaj Khan on Jul 30, 2015 4:31:00 PM

On August 5th Ascertia launches the SigningHub summer '15 release (v6.2).   There are a number of enhancements, all aimed at improving the user experience and delivering out-of-the-box integration with common business applications.   As usual, all existing SigningHub users will be automatically and seamlessly upgraded.

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Topics: New Release, signing workflow,, document navigation, sign documents, workflow templates

Cloud Signing: advanced PKI digital signatures made easy!

Posted by Liaquat Khan on Jul 29, 2015 2:12:00 PM

INTRODUCTION:

A quick background:  Advanced digital signatures require each user to have their own unique signing key. The security of the system then relies on the fact that the user's private signing key is not accessible to anyone else other than the owner.  If implemented properly it allows an independent judge to determine that any digital signatures produced with the user's private key must have been created by the owner and no one else - thereby delivering the "non-repudiation" property where signers can't reasonably deny the signatures they have created. 

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Topics: digital signatures, cloud signing, e-sign, cloud sign in, PKI digital signatures, digital signing, e-signing

eIDAS: changing landscape for e-Signature regulations

Posted by Liaquat Khan on Jul 15, 2015 11:01:00 AM

INTRODUCTION:

There is a big change coming in terms of the legal recognition of electronic signatures in Europe.  It's the new eIDAS Regulations, which will replace the old 1999 EU Directive on Electronic Signatures.  To help you understand the new landscape we have put together a summary of what the new regulations promise in terms of making cross-border trusted communication easier and how we are ensuring our SigningHub platform remains the ideal vehicle for providing trusted online signing services.

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Topics: electronic signature, e-sign, electronic signatures,, eIDAS,, electronic signing,, esigning,, esignatures,

Digital by Default: Delivering Digital Signatures to the Public Sector

Posted by Sam Crook on Jun 30, 2015 11:19:00 AM

The UK government's Cloud First initiative is helping organisations embrace digital document processes. This helps drive efficiencies and reduces the costs associated with ink-signing paper documents, scanning and returning them.

The Cabinet Office GOV.UK Verify project also provides the ability to check someone's trusted identity when they need to authenticate themselves. What is needed are trusted document workflow and signing solutions that make it easy to embrace simplicity with high security and long-term protection against unauthorised or fraudulent changes.

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Topics: digital signatures

SigningHub patched to prevent the SChannel (CVE-2014-6321) vulnerability

Posted by Liaquat Khan on Nov 19, 2014 7:06:00 AM

A security advisory was published on 11th November 2014 by Microsoft, describing a security threat that may allow arbitrary code execution by hackers. This vulnerability could allow remote code execution, if an attacker sends carefully crafted packets to a Windows server. This issue lies within Microsoft's SChannel implementation, and has been rated as "Critical" by Microsoft, for all the supported releases of Microsoft Windows. This is a test

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Topics: SChannel vulnerability, SigningHub security

Digitally Sign multiple documents using 'Bulk Sign' feature

Posted by Liaquat Khan on Apr 14, 2014 4:17:00 PM

Bulk signing is a powerful feature of SigningHub which allows users to digitally sign multiple documents in one go thus saving substantial time in opening the document and signing them one by one. This feature works both when you are using either a local (client-side) signing keys OR server side signing keys.

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Topics: online digital signatures, server side signing keys, bulk signing, document signing process, signinghub bulk signing services

SigningHub is not affected by the HeartBleed OpenSSL vulnerability!

Posted by Liaquat Khan on Apr 9, 2014 5:02:00 PM

OpenSSL is one of the most commonly used toolkits to implement PKI services. It is free/open source, regularly updated and comes bundled with Linux. You can also install its binaries on Windows. Although issues in the SSL protocol have been identified in the past, this time most OpenSSL implementations have a critical vulnerability.
Researchers in Codenomicon and Google found the vulnerability inside the OpenSSL implementation code, see this link for more details: CVE-2014-0160. Once exploited, a threat agent can access sensitive information which includes passwords and secure key information. OpenSSL has recently provided a patch to address this vulnerability.

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Topics: ascertia, Signinghub, HeartBleed, EV SSL digital certificate, OpenSSL, EV SSL certificates

SigningHub New Feature: In-Person Signing

Posted by Liaquat Khan on Oct 23, 2013 8:21:00 AM

The SigningHub “in-person signing” feature is a new capability that enables a person to electronically sign documents without requiring them:

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Topics: online document signing, In-Person Signing, e signature, digital signature software, e-sign

SigningHub offers e-signatures and digital signatures at the same time

Posted by Liaquat Khan on Oct 21, 2013 1:24:00 PM
SigningHub is a very powerful and flexible solution that caters for many different business scenarios, each with different trade-offs between security, ease of use, ease of management and costs. The following list shows the different types of signatures supported by SigningHub with increasing levels of security:
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Topics: how to create e signature, e signature requirements, e signature, digitally sign documents, create digital signature