News, views, and other informal discussions about Adobe Systems Information Assurance initiatives that protect information by ensuring their authenticity, integrity, confidentiality/privacy, and non-repudiation. Digital Rights Management (DRM), Information Rights Management (IRM), digital signatures, Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), and identity management will be discussed frequently for Adobe applications and file formats.
Cintas provides specialized services—among them uniform delivery, document management, and cleanroom resources—around the world for clients in a variety of markets. Their trucks and personnel are recognizable the world over…and by the end of 2011, all Cintas sales representatives will be able to collect customer signatures directly on a tablet computer, eliminating the paper from their workflows and making the company both more efficient and more ecologically sustainable.
According to Brian Daniel, Director IT, at Cintas:
SOFTPRO is an excellent partner for us for two reasons. First, they understood our needs and worked closely with us to deploy and support our implementation. We knew we could count on them. Second, their solution is both robust and easy to implement. We are deploying a combination of technologies and SOFTPRO brings them all together. Both our sales team and customers have been quite pleased with this roll-out.
SOFTPRO’s software integrates directly with Reader and LiveCycle ES, and allows Cintas to not only produce easy to use PDF forms with LiveCycle ES, but also easily electronically sign them in Reader.
Read the press release here, and for more on SOFTPRO, visit their website here.
Adobe’s history is one of not only inventing and adapting amazing technology, but also making those same innovations easy to use. Over ten years ago, we took the complex world of public key infrastructure (PKI) & digital certificates, and in turn, made digital signing a one-click process on a PDF within Acrobat and Reader on your PC or Mac. So it naturally follows that yesterday Adobe continued this trend towards great technology made simple and announced that it had acquired leading electronic signature provider EchoSign.
EchoSign offers an easy-to-use, yet fully-featured, electronic signature service that allows users, from individuals to large enterprises, to easily upload documents, set up a signing workflow, and have recipients sign with a simple click-through process.
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.
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.
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.
Euthymics BioScience, a start-up biotechnology company focused on developing next generation treatments for neuropsychiatric disorders, is now using Adobe Acrobat and GlobalSign Certified Document Services (CDS) signature credentials to digitally sign key documents, according to a recent announcement from GlobalSign, a member of the Adobe Security Partner Community. Euthymics can now eliminate the time and money associated with the traditional paper, pen, routing, and archiving of wet ink signatures, and also better meet critical US Food and Drug Administration requirements, which place a high priority on document authentication and integrity.
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 PartnerSoftPRO‘s electronic signature products.
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.
Recently, Adobe launched its C2A (Click-to-Accept) service, providing partners and customers with the ability to electronically sign certain Adobe agreements without a lengthy approval and review process. And what’s more, not only was it developed with the cross-functional support of product, information technology and legal teams within Adobe, it’s also based on off-the-shelf Adobe server and client products, including Adobe LiveCycle® ES, Flash, and Adobe Reader®. We’ve talked in this blog about Adobe’s capabilities to support a wide range of electronic signatures within a single workflow, and here’s a clear example of that in production right here at Adobe.
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.
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