Author Archive: John B Harris

Trust, Enhanced: More updates to the Adobe Approved Trust List

Today, Adobe pushed out yet another update to its certificate trust program implemented in Adobe Reader and Acrobat.  The AATL program, launched in 2009, makes it easier for users to view and rely on digitally signed PDFs by automatically displaying a green checkmark for those signature credentials which meet higher assurance requirements when opened in Reader and Acrobat 9 and X.

The update today included the Columbian A.C. Raiz Certicamara S. A. root certificate for Acrobat and Reader X.

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Trust us: Trust in Electronic Signatures Revisited

Last Friday, one of our colleagues James Lockman published a great blog entry on creating digital IDs and signatures in Acrobat X, and ways in which to establish trust in those signatures.

This is a thorough, updated companion piece to three blog entries we published back in 2008 on trust–an issue which is still critical to understand when considering electronic signatures to reduce costs and expedite previously paper-based workflows:

Sign up now for the E-Signatures 2010 Conference!

With this year being the tenth year of the ESIGN Act’s enactment, there’s been lots of activity around electronic signatures, their adoption, and the key challenges that face this exciting class of technology solutions.  To cap that off, the Electronic Signatures and Records Association (ESRA) has recently announced the details for their annual conference, coming this November 6-7 in Washington, DC.

The agenda for the nearly two day event is jam-packed with compelling content and speakers, covering both real-world implementation stories as well as guidance and advice for navigating this nascent field in North America and around the world.  Among the presenters is US District Magistrate Judge John Facciola, who was the first to digitally sign a judicial order, as well as a number of other key industry, legal, and government personalities, all of whom have great stories to tell about the progress of electronic signatures and the benefits they bring.

Lower registration rates are in effect until October 6th, so be sure to register now for this event!  For more details, view the ESRA 2010 Announcement, Registration Form or check out the website here.

We’ll see you there!

Happy Birthday, ESIGN!!

On Wednesday, don’t be concerned/scared/shocked if you see your sales people looking somewhat calmer, your legal counsel winces a little less when you crack a lawyer joke, your chief risk officer smiles at you, and your controller pulls you over and eagerly points to the latest revenue figures.

Why? June 30th is the tenth anniversary of the US federal law that made their lives easier by putting electronic signatures on equal footing with wet ink! That’s right: 10 years ago tomorrow, President Bill Clinton digitally signed into law the ESIGN Act (eSignAct.pdf).

How is this important? The electronic signatures legalized with the ESIGN Act produce dramatic, real-world benefits for Adobe’s customers.

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Just Unveiled: Adobe eSignatures – Making it Easier than Ever to Sign Electronic Documents

Signatures are utterly ubiquitous today…so much so, that we don’t even recognize how often and in how many different ways we are signing off on things. Of course, we’re all well-aware when we’re signing a legal document in person, like a mortgage or rental agreement. But we’re also assenting to a purchase when we chicken-scratch our signature on grocery store point-of-sale terminals.  (OK, that’s my chicken scratch.)  Did you know we’re also signing and assenting to a contract when we install software, or agree to privacy terms on a website, by clicking an ‘I agree’ button?  

The truth is, there are many different ways in which we can express our intent.  In the paper world, some agreements require the signatures of multiple parties.  Others, by tradition, necessitate the signer use dozens of pens to sign one name!  Yet others require the use of specially designed stamps.  Different types of signatures for different types of transactions.

These same variations carry over into the electronic realm, based on
necessity, expediency, cost, regulations, and local and national laws.

We’ve explained in this blog what electronic signatures are and how they work.  Adobe eSignatures, launched last week, provides yet another option – a very convenient way to send documents out for electronic signature minus the cost of express delivery.

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SuisseID Launches in Switzerland – Adobe Approved Trust List Enables Trust for Several Providers

Last week, the Swiss government announced (English translation) the launch of the SuisseID, a program intended to provide citizens and business with access to high assurance identity credentials that can be used to access government and business services as well as digitally sign documents with legally binding signatures.

Two Members of the Adobe Approved Trust List (AATL), SwissSign and newly joined QuoVadis, are also key Providers in the SuisseID program.

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Need stronger authentication to LiveCycle Rights Management? Look no further…

Today, Vasco Data Security announced an integration between its VACMAN and DIGIPASS authentication products and Adobe LiveCycle Rights Management ES2, enabling users to leverage Vasco security tokens to access protected, encrypted documents.

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Now Live on Adobe TV: Members of Adobe’s Security Solutions Team!

Well, you’ve experienced us in print…now see us in these exciting, new moving pictures! Listen to John Landwehr and John B Harris discuss Adobe’s key information assurance capabilities and how they can help you achieve content-centric security with products that provide integrity, confidentiality, authentication and privacy.

Trust Marches Onward: Adobe Approved Trust List Welcomes Two New Members

Some of our savvy readers and users may have already noticed a dialog box asking them to download a “security settings update from Adobe Systems”:

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No, it’s not the latest patch.  In fact, by clicking Yes, Acrobat and Reader 9+ users are downloading an update to the Adobe Approved Trust List (AATL), a list of trusted digital certificates that provides users with better assurances that the digitally signed documents they are receiving can be trusted.  This is visible to document recipients as a green check mark or blue ribbon, depending on the type of digital signature.

In this update, four certificates, two each from Entrust and QuoVadis respectively, have been added to the AATL…

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Certified Document Services (CDS) Program Grows to Six with Post.Trust Announcement

Adobe is excited to welcome Post.Trust, the certification authority subsidiary of An Post, the Irish postal service, into the Certified Document Services program.

CDS makes creating and receiving authentic documents easier by not
requiring a recipient to explicitly trust the author of the document. 
CDS signatures automatically validate in Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader 6.0 and above,
providing integrity and long-term assurance to electronic documents of
record.  Providers involved in the CDS Program are required to meet
stringent requirements for identity vetting, security, and operations.

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