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Ascertia ADSS Connector for SharePoint now supports Active Directory authentication for digital signatures

Posted by Wahaj Khan on Oct 4, 2017 2:33:20 PM

The ADSS Connector for SharePoint has always provided tight integration with the Microsoft SharePoint portal and ADSS Server Go>Sign Service. This allows enterprise users to "click and sign" on a document in SharePoint. The internal process first uploads the target document to ADSS Server, (converting the document to PDF/A if required) and then shows it to the user using the ADSS Go>Sign Viewer.

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New HTML based “Digital Signature Appearance” designer

Posted by Wahaj Khan on Oct 4, 2017 2:31:31 PM

The ADSS Server Signing Service can create PDF digital signatures or all common ETSI PAdES formats (PAdES Part 2,3,4) and it can also create and apply visible signature appearances where requested. While other digital signature approaches have quite limited signature appearance functionality, the ADSS Server Signing Service includes a sophisticated and yet easy to use signature appearance designer. This enables administrators to create visible signatures that are optimised for their business purpose.

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The ADSS CA Server supports mass key generation protected with an HSM.

Posted by Wahaj Khan on Oct 4, 2017 2:29:24 PM

Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) are a fundamental part of a high trust solution. They offer fast, secure processing of private keys, which ensures that keys cannot be created, copied, changed or deleted without appropriate permission or stolen without being noticed. They also off-load the processing cost of digital signatures for high performance systems such as time stamping servers or certificate validation servers.

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ADSS Server now integrates with MS Active Directory

Posted by Wahaj Khan on Oct 4, 2017 2:28:34 PM

ADSS Server v4.8+ supports clever integration with Active Directory and other LDAP compliant directories to enable seamless and automatic management of each user’s digital certificate, including generation, revocation and re-issuance.

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Certificate Transparency – The quick detection of fraudulent digital certificates

Posted by Liaquat Khan on Oct 4, 2017 2:25:45 PM

SSL Trust Issues

India's National Informatics Centre (NIC) has now joined the infamous Dutch CA DigiNotar in issuing fake and unauthorized digital certificates, yet again damaging the faith we place in Certification Authorities to provide high trust identity assurance.

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Importance of Certificate Whitelist Checking

Posted by Liaquat Khan on Oct 4, 2017 2:24:41 PM

Using PKI-based digital certificates has become a widely accepted means of electronic identity authentication for all kinds of purposes, from logical/physical access control to document signing, server authentication for e-commerce sites and software code authentication.

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PDF Signatures - using them to advantage

Posted by Liaquat Khan on Oct 4, 2017 1:48:28 PM

PDF documents have been common use within business for many years. Protecting PDFs against change is fast becoming a hot topic. Digitally signing PDFs with a certifying signature protects the content and also shows who signed or approved the document. This article explains how you can easily digitally sign PDFs, it covers what is needed to electronically sign PDF documents and the different types of PDF signatures.

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OCSP Responder - the must have features!

Posted by Liaquat Khan on Oct 4, 2017 1:12:42 PM

This article discusses the features that should be on a highly desirable feature list when looking for an OCSP Responder product. Although the main focus of this topic is technical there are of course also commercial aspects that need consideration, these are summarised briefly at the end. The technical features explained here are all available and implemented in Ascertia ADSS OCSP Server, which is downloadable on trial basis.

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Timestamp Authority Server - the must have features!

Posted by Liaquat Khan on Oct 4, 2017 1:10:30 PM

This article describes why RFC3161 compliant Time Stamp Authority (TSA) servers are needed and what to look for when choosing a Timestamp Authority (TSA) server. ETSI TS 101 861 and TS 102 023 also places important requirements for TSA services providers and these are also considered in this hot topic.

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Online Document Signing - the must have features

Posted by Liaquat Khan on Oct 4, 2017 1:08:04 PM

Getting a document approved and signed-off is a crucial part of any business, be it an order, sales contract, claim forms, internal HR documents or any other type of document that needs to be clearly agreed and approved preferably with a clear audit trail.

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