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Digital Signature Demonstration for Legal Compliance

GlobalSign : 25 February, 2010  (Company News)
GlobalSign will be attending a CSO Council Round Table to discuss the legal differences between electronic and digital signatures and demonstrate digital signature legal validity for electronic documents
GlobalSign, one of the longest established Certificate Authorities (CA) and specialists in Digital Identities for securing electronic documents including Adobe PDFs, will meet with security professionals from the San Francisco area at the forthcoming 10th annual CSO Council Bay Area Round Table event. Members of the CSO Council Bay Area and invited guests will gather together for a round table event to discuss the merits of electronic signatures versus digital signatures from a legal perspective in the federal court system. As a participant, GlobalSign will provide firsthand insight into the legal validity of digital signatures and participate in the discussion to support the expansion of digital signatures within the legal arena.

As a leading digital certificate provider, GlobalSign supports the expansion of digital signatures into the US court system and will convey the benefits and opportunities of implementing reliable and legally binding digital signatures by demonstrating its digital signature and document signing solution, branded as DocumentSign. Solutions like DocumentSign can provide the federal court system the opportunity to eliminate the use of easily forge-able handwritten judges' signatures on various juridical orders and implement trusted digital signatures which are highly resistant to tampering and can be verified at any time unlike a traditional handwritten signature.

GlobalSign's DocumentSign Digital ID solution allows individuals and departmental entities to digitally sign, certify and approve Adobe PDF documents. As an authorized participant in Adobe's Certified Document Services (CDS) program, GlobalSign must operate under a stringent set of policies and standards developed by Adobe and audited by WebTrust, to allow GlobalSign to issue Adobe recognized CDS Certificates. GlobalSign's DocumentSign for Adobe PDF offers long-term, legally admissible, easily accepted, and legally compliant digital signatures.

Applying a GlobalSign Digital Signature to an electronic document allows the recipient of the document to know:

* Who signed the document - proving the document has come from a valid source
* That the document has not been tampered with - providing assurance that can be verified at any time
* What time the document was signed - reliably showing when the document was issued.

DocumentSign users can add Certifying and Approval Signatures to PDFs using the free Adobe Reader 6.0+ without installing any new plug-ins, or confusing configurations for a secure and cost-effective solution.

"Since launching DocumentSign for Adobe Secure PDF, GlobalSign has seen various companies and industries implement the solution into their workflow to take advantage of the improved workflow processes, as well as meet various compliance regulations among healthcare, government, and financial industries," says Lila Kee, Director of Product Marketing, GlobalSign, Inc. "We are delighted to be part of the CSO Council's round table event to discuss the opportunities available for digital signature solutions in the federal court systems, highlighting the legally equivalent benefits DocumentSign has to offer."

"This milestone sends a strong message of confidence to judges and most importantly to general counsels and lawyers throughout the United States: it is acceptable -- in fact, desirable -- to use digital signatures, so long as they are highly reliable and persistently verifiable," said Jacques Francoeur, Sr. Director, Identity and Information Assurance at SAIC Commercial Business Services, who is credited for orchestrating this event.

The 10th annual CSO Council Bay Area Round Table event will be held March 1 in San Francisco, California at Adobe's corporate office.

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