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eIDAS: changing landscape for e-Signature regulations

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

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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Digital by default: Delivering digital signatures to the public sector

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

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

Posted by Liaquat Khan on 19-Nov-2014 07:06:00

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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SigningHub is not affected by the HeartBleed OpenSSL vulnerability!

Posted by Liaquat Khan on 09-Apr-2014 17:02:00

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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SigningHub new feature: In-person signing

Posted by Liaquat Khan on 23-Oct-2013 08:21:00

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

Posted by Liaquat Khan on 21-Oct-2013 13:24:00
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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SigningHub new feature: E-Signatures

Posted by rehan.khan on 03-Oct-2013 10:19:00

SigningHub currently enables users to create a combined e-signature with a digital signature. The e-signature part is the hand-signature image displayed on the document, whilst the advanced PKI digital signature is the part that is embedded into the PDF document and is verifiable upon clicking the signature appearance.

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Real-world use case: Group/departmental level signing

Posted by Liaquat Khan on 26-Jul-2013 14:42:00

In the real-world often it doesn't matter who signs a document but rather do they have the sufficient authority to do this. That is the "identity" of the signer is not as important as the "authorisation". E.g. a Purchase Order typically requires an authorised member from the Procurement department to sign-off on it.

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Strong authentication using SSL/TLS client certificates

Posted by Liaquat Khan on 05-Dec-2012 12:50:00

We have recently added a strong user authentication method into SigningHub that uses X.509 SSL/TLS client authentication certificates. This feature is only available to on-premise installations of SigningHub.

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SigningHub introduces navigations tabs

Posted by Liaquat Khan on 24-Oct-2012 09:20:00

The latest release of SigningHub provides a very handy way to guide users on the form fields they are required to complete before signing the document. This is achieved through the use of navigation tooltips guiding the user in a step-by-step fashion.

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