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ADSS Server v6.1 Release

Posted by Pieter Rensburg on Jun 12, 2019 10:43:19 AM

On 1 May 2019, Ascertia launched the latest release of ADSS Server. This release provides a range of enhancements that allow third party products and services to take advantage of exciting new functionality including support for Remote Authorised Signing with Level 2 Sole Control.

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Ascertia Partner Event London: Creating a strong network for the future

Posted by Sam Crook on Apr 8, 2019 12:22:39 PM

Partners are critical to our continued success and our network stretches extensively across the world, with over 100 local partners based everywhere from Chile to Singapore.

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Ascertia receives first Common Criteria EAL4+ EN 419 241-2 certificate

Posted by Victoria Morgan on Apr 1, 2019 8:25:44 AM

Having announced that we passed the evaluation process earlier this month, the Common Criteria process has now officially completed with the issuance of this certificate. This enables the ADSS SAM (Signature Activation Module) appliance to be listed as a certified product on the Common Criteria website (under Products for Digital Signatures).

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Ascertia First in the World to Pass the Common Criteria EN 419 241-2 Evaluation Process

Posted by Victoria Morgan on Mar 6, 2019 3:24:14 PM

We have become the first company in the world to pass the Common Criteria EAL4+ evaluation process against the standard EN 419 241-2 for our ADSS SAM hardware appliance, a remote Qualified Signature Creation Device (QSCD). This provides the highest level of confidence that users have sole control over their signing keys held on central servers or in the cloud. 

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Ascertia Expands Relationship with Entrust Datacard for Digital Signature, OCSP, SCVP and TSA Servers

Posted by Sam Crook on Jan 10, 2019 3:41:16 PM

We are pleased to announce that we have signed a global distribution agreement with Entrust Datacard, a leading provider of trusted identity and secure issuance technology solutions. The agreement cements a long-standing relationship between us and Entrust Datacard after winning numerous business deals together worldwide. The global agreement covers Ascertia's ADSS Server and includes the server modules for digital signing, OCSP validation, SCVP validation and timestamping.

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ADSS Server (5.10) Winter '19 Release

Posted by Craig Roberts on Nov 16, 2018 10:32:33 AM

On 15th November 2018, Ascertia launched the ADSS Server Winter ’19 release (v5.10). This release delivers a new Cryptographic Service Provider (CSP) Service enabling Remote Signing with a range of applications including Microsoft Word, Outlook and Adobe Acrobat®.  The benefits of remote signing for end users include no specialist hardware (smart cards), reduced costs, and a simplified signing process with strong security.  We hope you enjoy using this new functionality!

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eID Forum: e-signatures, eIDAS and business benefits

Posted by Victoria Morgan on Sep 28, 2018 3:18:16 PM

MD Rod Crook recently spoke at the eID Forum, Tallinn. Rod’s talk, Enabling business applications to take advantage of eIDAS Remote Signatures, discussed how signing solutions are beneficial to organisations and what features they should be looking for when purchasing a solution.

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ADSS Server (5.9) Autumn '18 Release

Posted by Craig Roberts on Sep 25, 2018 2:08:44 PM

On 18th September 2018, Ascertia launched the ADSS Server Autumn ’18 release (v5.9). This release delivers a brand new Signature Activation Module (SAM) and Remote Authorisation Service (RAS) to support eIDAS compliant Remote Signing with Level 2 Sole Control.  The benefits of remote signing for end users include:  no specialist hardware or software; reduced costs; simplified key management; and better security and auditing.  We hope you enjoy using this new functionality!

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Ascertia to talk about eIDAS for Business at the eID Forum

Posted by Victoria Morgan on Sep 7, 2018 1:46:36 PM

At this year’s eID Forum in Tallinn, Ascertia will be presenting and discussing how all organisations can benefit from the use of document workflow and digital signature technology. The focus will be on eIDAS compliance and in particular the way in which the new remote signing standards can be employed to optimize the user experience.

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ADSS Server (5.6) Spring '18 Release

Posted by Craig Roberts on Feb 27, 2018 11:03:57 AM

On 20th February 2018, Ascertia launched the ADSS Server Spring ’18 release (v5.6). This release delivers further interoperability with services from Entrust Datacard and GlobalSign

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What Does Forrester’s e-Signature Report Tell us?

Posted by Sam Crook on Feb 12, 2018 10:17:37 AM

A recent Forrester report outlined several interesting trends – firstly, the adoption of e-signatures within businesses continues to grow steadily throughout the world and in Europe enterprises are engaging with e-signature providers for a broader set of digital services than their US counterparts.

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Ascertia leading the way to an eIDAS certified Remote Qualified Signatures Creation Device (QSCD)!

Posted by Liaquat Khan on Jan 26, 2018 12:12:26 PM

We want to let you into a little secret. Since Sep 2017 Ascertia has been actively pursuing a Common Criteria EAL4+ certification of its ADSS Server “Signature Activation Module (SAM)” Appliance.

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Some interesting statistics from The 2017 Global PKI Trends Study

Posted by Liaquat Khan on Jan 8, 2018 11:56:40 AM

Last year’s IoT Solutions World Congress was an opportunity for the industry to focus on the increasing influence of the Internet of Things in PKI planning. We attended the event with our technology partner Thales e-Security, which has just published a report with the Ponemon Institute looking at PKI trends across eleven countries.

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Ascertia Products are not affected by the ROBOT Attack

Posted by Wahaj Khan on Jan 2, 2018 1:58:47 PM

Recently a vulnerability in the implementation of TLS protocol has been found called ROBOT (Return Of Bleichenbacher's Oracle Threat). This is the return of a 19-year-old vulnerability that allows RSA decryption and signing operations with the private key of a TLS server.

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Ascertia is Highly Commended at the UK Industry Awards 2017

Posted by Sam Crook on Dec 18, 2017 8:43:08 AM

We’re pleased to announce that Ascertia has been ‘Highly Commended’ at this year’s UK IT Industry Awards in the Cloud Innovation Provider of the Year category!

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Are You Compliant with the EU VAT Directive?

Posted by Sam Crook on Nov 14, 2017 7:18:29 AM

Companies trading within the EU must comply with countless regulations every day, including directives specifically relating to VAT and electronic invoicing.

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What is G-Cloud and its Benefits?

Posted by Liaquat Khan on Oct 19, 2017 8:22:23 AM

Launched in 2012, the G-Cloud framework has revolutionised how public sector departments access innovative IT solutions. By providing the UK Government the ability to procure services from approved cloud-based suppliers, IT costs have been driven down and efficiency increased. 

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OCSP Responder - the must have features!

Posted by Liaquat Khan on Jun 29, 2015 1:12:00 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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Long-term signatures - the essential features

Posted by Liaquat Khan on Apr 30, 2015 1:04:00 PM

It is clear that digital signatures are a very valuable security technique that enables data integrity (proving that the information has not changed since signing) and user authentication (proving who signed-off or approved the information). Digital signatures are now widely used in various industries and applications from signing of machine-readable travel documents to payment transactions to e-invoicing.

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

Posted by Wahaj Khan on Nov 26, 2014 2:33:00 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 13, 2014 2:31:00 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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