Posts in Category "Partner Community"

News from the Adobe Security Partner Community: 4Point Announces New Quick Start e-Invoicing Solution

Announced last week, and built using Adobe LiveCycle ESAdobe Security Partner 4Point’s QuickStart e-invoicing solution is designed to offer customers a faster path to cost reduction and improved customer satisfaction by providing an out-of-the-box approach to implementing secure electronic invoicing and eliminating paper.

4Point’s solution leverages LiveCycle ES to provide a way for customers to quickly stand-up an e-invoicing solution with a limited scope that can generate a quick ROI and later serve as a foundation for a broader enterprise-wide capability.

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Adobe Secured Customer Showcase: Berliner Sparkasse

One of Germany’s most trusted savings banks, Berliner Sparkasse, recently rolled out a variety of digital workflow improvements intended to facilitate more efficient customer interaction with a combination of LiveCycle ES components and Adobe Security Partner SoftPRO‘s electronic signature products.

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Upcoming event will debate legal significance of digital signatures and electronic signatures

We’ve discussed the legal validity of electronic signatures and digital signatures in this blog in the past.  While a concurrence of laws worldwide point to general acceptance of electronic signatures as legally binding, there are a number of nuances that need to be taken into account when dealing with the identity and evidentiary elements of those electronic signatures, especially as it relates to how they’ll stand up longer term in court.

An event to be
held on March 1, the first day of the RSA 2010 Conference, will be dedicated to these questions. 

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McAfee and Adobe Team on Automated Data Protection (DLP + DRM)

McAfee and Adobe today announced their global strategic partnership across enterprise and consumer businesses. For enterprises, the companies are developing an integrated solution to expand data protection across the enterprise using data loss prevention and rights management technologies. For consumers, McAfee’s free diagnostic tool, McAfee Security Scan, is available as an optional download to customers when installing Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash Player.

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Canon introduces imageRUNNER ADVANCE with LiveCycle Rights Management

Canon announced today their imageRUNNER Advance Series to seamlessly bridge the distance between user and multifunction printer (MFP). These models have a tighter collaboration with Adobe technologies, by offering the ability to print and scan into a variety of Adobe PDF formats and integration with Adobe LiveCycle Rights Management ES to bring secure collaboration to PDF documents.

Integration with LiveCycle Rights Management is provided directly on the imageRUNNER ADVANCE control panel to easily select document security policies that persistent protect the electronic document after it is scanned on the device.

History…signed with Adobe products: US District Court Judge issues first digitally signed judicial order

For the first time in history, the Honorable John M. Facciola, Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia, signed a judicial order, not with paper and pen, but with a digital signature!  Press release here.

 

Judge Facciola viewing his just-digitally signed order in Adobe Acrobat.  Courtesy National Notary Association (NNA). 

Talk about setting precedent–while electronic filing has been required for some time, orders are typically printed out, signed, and then re-scanned into systems for filing.  Not until now has there been such a vote of confidence in the legal significance and weight of a digital signature.  By keeping the generation, signing and filing of the order completely electronic, the process is made much more efficient, potentially driving costs down and making the court’s systems work more effectively.  This is the latest example of organizations understanding not only the integrity and authenticity benefits of digital signatures, but the resource savings also.  Remember, it’s not so much the signature event that consumes time and money–it’s the processes around it.

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News from Adobe’s Security Partner Community: VeriSign Joins the Adobe Approved Trust List

Several weeks ago, Adobe launched the Adobe Approved Trust List (AATL), our latest effort at making the use of digital signatures easier through better trust mechanisms.  VeriSign, already a Provider in our flagship trust program Certified Document Services (CDS) through its acquisition of GeoTrust, announced the inclusion of its Non-Federal SSP in the AATL, widening VeriSign’s trust foundation in Adobe Acrobat and Reader.

According to
Mike Stewart, CIO at the Kansas Secretary of State’s office:

As a VeriSign Non-Federal SSP-PKI customer, we are excited to now have the ability to use the certificates we’ve already issued to digitally sign Adobe documents as part of the AATL program.  VeriSign and Adobe have made it easy to deploy and use.

Adobe is excited too!  VeriSign, along with other AATL charter Members and CDS Providers, is improving the capability for today’s agile enterprises and organizations to use digital signatures and bring cost efficiencies, integrity, and non-repudiation to more document workflows.

For more information on the Adobe Approved Trust List, please visit our website.


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Casting a Wider Trust Net: Announcing the Adobe Approved Trust List

Over the years, Adobe has made electronic documents and workflows easier, more efficient, and more secure.  With one of the leading implementations of electronic signatures on the market, Adobe products allow you to go the last mile by eliminating the need to print a document out just to sign it.  At the same time, we’ve also been busy behind the scenes working on ways to better deliver trust in those electronic and digital signatures so users can rely fully on these new workflows.  Today, we’re announcing the launch of our latest trust effort, the Adobe Approved Trust List…available now.

The AATL will allow millions of users around the world to create digital signatures that are trusted whenever the signed document is opened in Acrobat or Reader 9.0 and above.  Essentially, both Acrobat and Reader have been programmed to reach out to an Adobe-hosted web page to periodically download a list of trusted root digital certificates.  Any digital signature created with a credential that can trace a relationship (‘chain’) back to a certificate on this list will be trusted by our products.  Trust is only one of many questions Adobe products ask when validating an electronic signature, but it is a critical one.

[SCM]actwin,12,0,1700,927;Beta AATL Test Document.pdf - Adobe Acrobat Pro Extended  Acrobat.exe  5/21/2009 , 5:40:46 PM

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Document Before AATL

Document After AATL

Several countries and organizations have already placed their ‘trust’ in the AATL:

  • DigiNotar
    • DigiNotar Qualified CA
  • GBO.Overheid – Netherlands
    • Staat der Nederlanden Root CA – with Certificate Policies defining secure hardware
    • Staat der Nederlanden Root CA – G2 – with Certificate Policies defining secure hardware
  • GlobalSign
    • DocumentSign CA
  • Keynectis
    • ICS CA
  • SwissSign
    • SwissSign Platinum CA — G2
  • TC Trustcenter / ChosenSecurity
    • CA 7:PN
    • CA 8:PN
  • US Federal Common Policy Root
    • Common Policy – 2010 expiry @  Common Hardware, Common High, Medium HW CBP
    • Common Policy – 2027 expiry @  Common Hardware, Common High, Medium HW CBP
  • VeriSign
    • Class 3 Intermediate Non-Federal SSP @ Medium-Hardware

Starting today, valid signatures with credentials from these providers, chaining up to these certificates, and meeting a set of Technical Requirements will be automatically trusted in Acrobat and Reader 9.0 and above, including most US Federal HSPD-12 / PIV cards.

So how do you take advantage of the AATL?  Well, if you’re using Acrobat or Reader 9, you don’t need to do anything!  This feature is turned on by default when you install these products, and the Trust List will automatically be updated every 90 days, though you must open a signed document (like the one here, for example) or open a signature-related menu item to trigger the timer and update.

If you want to verify the AATL is enabled, go to Edit (‘Acrobat’ on Mac)->Preferences->Trust Manager and be sure that the “Load trusted root certificates from an Adobe server…” check box is checked.  (See image below.)  You can then click the “Update Now” button in that same dialog box to download the latest version of the AATL from Adobe.  In any case, be sure to review the User FAQ if you’re having any problems or have any questions about how the AATL works.

 

The launch of the AATL complements our existing Certified Document Services (CDS) trust program, where new digital IDs that are chained to the Adobe Root certificate embedded in Adobe products are automatically trusted.  CDS is key to document certification efforts at the US Government Printing Office, Avow Systems, the Antwerp Port Authority, and many other customers who use high assurance signatures to protect the integrity and authorship of key electronic documents.  Anybody who opens a PDF document signed or certified by a CDS credential automatically gets a ‘blue ribbon’ experience with trust provided to the signature without any user interaction.  Five certificate authorities currently offer CDS certificates. 

While the high level benefits of the Adobe Approved Trust List program are similar, the AATL is only available in Acrobat and Reader 9 at this time.  It is not backwards compatible.  CDS credentials, on the other hand, are backwards compatible from the current generation of Acrobat and Reader all the way back to version 6. Also CDS Providers offer certificates that meet a similar high standard for assurance and feature additional capabilities including the automatic embedding of robust timestamping and real-time revocation to provide for easy, long term validation of digital signatures.  However, existing certificate communities, such as government national ID card programs, can join the AATL, as the chain to the Adobe Root certificate is not required.  Contact Adobe to get more information about which program is right for your organization / government.

If you’d like to test the AATL (and you’ve verified that it’s enabled and downloaded per the instructions above and in the FAQ), please browse our sample documents available here.

And the story doesn’t end there!  Several more government and commercial entities are lined up to join the program in the coming months…stay tuned.

Please visit the AATL webpage for more information.

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“Sign here…” Getting started with electronic signatures in Adobe products

This is the latest entry in our “What is an Electronic Signature, Anyway?” series.  You can find previous entries here.

Recently, I’ve received a number of emails from our users asking questions about electronic signatures, so I thought it would be useful to briefly answer some of these frequently asked questions and also direct you, dear reader, to a variety of resources here at Adobe that can help.

First, I recommend you read the other blog entries in our “What is an Electronic Signature, Anyway? “ series to better understand the terminology and issues surrounding electronic signatures.

Now onto the questions…

I want to electronically sign a PDF—what do I need to do?

There are lots of different ways to electronically ‘sign’ documents, but they vary in terms of reliability, longer-term validity, and application.

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Adobe and Arcot Partner to SEND Secure Electronic Documents to Your Inbox

Tired of those paper bank statements, or having to log into your bank’s website to get your account information?  Adobe and Arcot announced Monday the launch of a new managed service called SEND to provide the ability for organizations to literally send secure PDF files to your email inbox, without requiring you to install anything other than the latest version of Adobe Reader or Acrobat.  Financial institutions, utilities, government agencies—really any organization or company that sends periodic paper documents, bills or notices—can take advantage of SEND.  The organization provides SEND with the PDF files and email addresses of recipients, and SEND takes care of the rest, encrypting the documents and delivering them to recipients. 

The idea of having information sent directly to you resonates strongly, even in our highly connected world, because you are empowered to manage the information and store it however you want.  Many have yet to opt for online solutions for this very reason.  However, paper statements are static, potentially subject to identity theft, and require action from recipients to service their accounts. 

With online statements, recipients no longer ‘receive’ information.  They must actively retrieve it from by logging into their institution’s website.  While certainly saving money for the institution and the end customer, this ‘pull’ model breaks the mold recipients are accustomed to, and makes it more difficult for recipients to manage their own information.  However, more dynamic marketing and at-your-fingertips service options are readily available at the institution’s website. 

With SEND, organizations can proactively bridge the gap from a paper to an electronic delivery model.

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