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.
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.
However, there are five parts to the standard, and they all deal with terminology that may not be familiar. Don’t worry….you’re not alone. A new website has been set up to answer frequently asked questions on PAdES.
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!