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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The iPad is the perfect device for signing documents. It provides a large screen for easily viewing documents and drawing the signature on the touch screen with your finger/stylus is as natural as signing with pen on paper! There are many iPad apps which do this.