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Straight Talk about PDF & Digital Signatures – ISSE 2009

Jim King, PDF Architect, senior principal scientist at Adobe and one of the key drivers behind the PDF format and its adoption and continuing development by ISO as a standard (ISO 32000), recently delivered a keynote presentation to the ISSE (Information Security Solutions Europe) 2009 Conference in The Hague, Netherlands.  He discussed the evolution of the PDF format and standard, and spent most of his talk introducing the new PAdES signature standard and what it encompasses.

During that conference, Jim sat down with Roger Dean, executive director of eema UK, for a conversation about PDF, the need for digital signatures, challenges of communicating the benefits of digital signatures, and finally a description of the PAdES standard.  This interview is now available below (and here)…enjoy!

Acrobat and Reader 9.2 update

On October 13, 2009 – Adobe released critical updates to Acrobat and Reader. All users are recommended to update their systems to the these releases as soon as possible.

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“Click on this…” Adobe’s eSubmissions Solution Accelerator Shows Off Click-thru Approvals & Signatures

Electronic signatures come in many shapes and sizes, and for a long time, Adobe has been primarily associated with three of those sub-types—digital signatures, certification signatures, and handwritten eSignatures based on solutions from our Security Partner Community—due to our comprehensive coverage of, and capability for, those technologies.  However, customers and partners do not often associate us with click-thru approvals and electronic signatures, where a user authenticates to a website, reviews a document, and then is allowed to approve or reject said document with a simple click of a button.

Actually, Adobe has supported this capability for some time within our LiveCycle ES product line, but the capability was spread across components that can prepare documents for review (PDF Generator, Output, Reader Extensions, Forms), move documents along a workflow (Process Management), present documents for review, comment, and approval (Workspace), and then sign (Digital Signatures) and archive (Content Services) or further process those documents for storage, submission, etc. 

The challenge of piecing together these components was not lost on Adobe, and last year we started working on Solution Accelerators–sample code and tooling that brings together task-oriented building blocks composed of LiveCycle components.  More than a proof-of-concept, but less than complete production code, Solution Accelerators can be used by a customer or systems integrator to bring projects to fruition in a much shorter timeframe, while providing for flexibility in the final implementation. 

The eSubmissions Solution Accelerator, released this Spring, shows how LiveCycle can be used to present documents for review, commenting, & approval in parallel or serial workflows, and incorporates the capability to not only sign with traditional digital signatures or handwritten electronic signatures, but also via authenticated click-thru approvals and server-side signing and certification functions.  Download the demonstration video here.  Unlike other click-thru solutions on the market, this Solution Accelerator shows the breadth and depth of Adobe’s offering, providing for compliance with electronic signature regulations around the world.


While this Solution Accelerator was designed for the biopharmaceutical market, it can easily be repurposed for contract approvals, financial services transactions, and the like—this is one of the benefits of the Solution Accelerator approach. Moreover, eSubmissions demonstrates Adobe’s intent to provide users with a best-in-class experience when it comes to electronic documents and workflows.  There’s no longer any reason to print an electronic document just for review and signature…Adobe provides a one-stop shop for a full range of electronic signature and approval capabilities.


Seven Technology Habits of Highly Effective CFOs

Recently, Adobe executive vice president and Chief Financial Officer Mark Garrett presented a keynote at the CFO Rising conference, sponsored by CFO Magazine. Speaking to a ballroom full of senior finance executives, Mark outlined the “Seven Technology Habits of Highly Effective CFOs” and utilized several case study examples to illustrate his points.

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DoD Certification of Acrobat and Reader 9

The United States Department of Defense Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) has certified both Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader version 9…

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NIST FDCC Compliance with Adobe Acrobat and Reader

Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader have been tested and meet the NIST FDCC compliance guidelines according to the testing process provided in OMB memo m08‐22. Compliance was verified by testing the product using the following procedures:

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Acrobat and Reader 9.1 Now Available with Information Assurance Updates

Version 9.1 of Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader are now available with critical security updates and other product improvements. Adobe strongly recommends all users update using the built-in software update system or manual download from Here are some additional details on this release:

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RSA 2009 Conference Session on Cloud Computing Security

If you are attending the 2009 RSA Conference in San Francisco this April, be sure to check out this panel discussion on cloud computing security

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Acrobat 9 and password encryption

Based on some recent online discussion of Acrobat 9 and password encryption, we’re posting to provide a quick summary on what has changed, how it impacts the overall security of PDF documents, and Adobe’s commitment to providing high-assurance document security implementations.

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Update: FIPS 140 Validation Certificates for Acrobat, Reader, and LiveCycle

Version 9.0 of Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader include the RSA BSAFE Crypto-C ME encryption module with FIPS 140-2 validation certificate #828. Instructions here will also enable FIPS mode in Acrobat and Reader 9.0 to restrict document encryption and digital signatures to FIPS approved algorithms (AES/RSA/SHA) in this library.

Adobe LiveCycle ES still includes the RSA BSAFE Crypto-J 3.5.04 encryption module with FIPS 140-2 validation certificate #590. FIPS mode is configured in the product installer.