ACS partnership bolsters digital certificate security

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SignFlow has teamed up with Altech Card Solutions to offer Thales hardware security modules to its digital signature customers.

In a move that will see users’ private keys and personal digital certificates receiving a serious security boost, SignFlow has partnered with Altech Card Solutions (ACS), a division of Altron TMT, to offer Thales HSMs (hardware security modules) to digital signature customers.

Using SignFlow’s PKCS#11 cryptographic interface, SignFlow uses Thales NShield Connect HSMs to perform highly specialised cryptographic operations, and to fully manage and secure private keys and personal digital certificates.

Head of digital at SignFlow’s parent company PBSA, Leon can der Merwe, says the partnership with ACS sees SignFlow extending its integration reach to include the Thales NShield range of network attached, FIPS 140-2 Level 3 HSMs.

“Apart from deploying the NShield devices in the highly-secure SignFlow Cloud, we now also offer the NShield range to corporate customers who would like to localise and manage their SignFlow private keys in private data centres.”

The SignFlow HSMs are directly integrated with multiple local and global CA’s (Certificate Authorities) to offer stringent, legally compliant Advanced Electronic Signatures (AES), Qualified Electronic Signatures (QES) and Adobe Approved Trust List (AATL) certificates, which are applied to documents through its digital signature application.

A division of Altron TMT (Pty) Ltd, ACS was formed in 1993 and is today firmly established as a leading player in the secure electronic transactions market.

It is Thales’ established track record in the payments security space and global footprint in hardware and software encryption solutions that makes this partnership so advantageous, says ACS.

SignFlow, an enterprise-class digital signature and document workflow application, was born in a digital era that has seen new business opportunities emerging as paper-based systems are replaced by digital platforms.

SignFlow digital signatures are powered by robust public-key infrastructure (PKI) technology, which is recognised as best practice for ensuring digital accountability. SignFlow digital signatures offer an effective, secure and legally compliant method of providing accountability during electronic transactions.

“Our partnership with ACS will benefit customers across the spectrum – including consumers using SignFlow’s SignFREE to sign documents, businesses using the SignFlow Cloud to distribute documents and government and corporate institutions using SignFlow’s Enterprise Hybrid Servers and Private Network Servers to digitally sign and workflow documents for sign-offs,” says Van der Merwe.

ITWEB – SA Lottery paperlessly on-boards retailers

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Posted by ITWeb on 7 October 2015

In becoming the official operator of the South African National Lottery on 1 June 2015, Ithuba has employed a paperless system for inducting retailers who sell lottery tickets across SA through Ithuba lottery terminals.

The process, which involves on-boarding and credit-vetting thousands of retailers all over the country, would ordinarily require substantial paperwork per retailer, including manually filling out extensive formsand the signing, scanning and printing of numerous documents, explains Michael Springer, MD at Pitney Bowes SA, the customer communication technology provider responsible for Ithuba’s new paperless system.

The paperless system, built and implemented by Pitney Bowes’ e-business division, pbVerify, which specialises in digitising specific, paper-intensive business processes, aims to make Ithuba’s retailer induction process faster and less labour-intensive.

PbVerify’s solution uses a tablet-based system to auto-fill digital form fields using personal and business information drawn from data sources such as credit bureaus, the Department of Home Affairs, and the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission.

It also employs geolocation technology to capture the exact location of the retail site, even in remote areas, explains Leon van der Merwe, business development manager for Pitney Bowes SA.

“Once the information is captured, the retailers can sign the digital application form with an electronic signature. The back-office system at Ithuba then performs automated Companies and Intellectual Property checks, commercial credit checks and anti-fraud checks, digitising the entire vetting process,” Van der Merwe concludes.

IT ONLINE – New digital signature tech from Pitney Bowes

Electronic signatures in South Africa

Posted by IT-Online on Aug 6, 2014 in Document Management, Technology Areas

itologoPitney Bowes South Africa, a leading provider of customer communication solutions, in partnership with ARX Cosign, the market leader in digital signature technology, has launched a powerful, integrated solution which streamlines and digitises document signing processes.

This new, ground-breaking technology – called ‘CoSign Click’ – is set to revolutionise how companies ‘on-board’ new customers. This is achieved through the elimination of the cumbersome and time-consuming manual process of printing out forms, signing in pen, scanning and uploading or emailing the document.

Leon van der Merwe, business development manager at Pitney Bowes South Africa, explains: “Co-Sign Click is a digital signature solution which enables a company’s customers to sign on-line documents and forms electronically without them requiring a digital signature or any hardware signing device.

“Until now, signing electronically with a digital signature was only available to licensed subscribers of digital signature applications. This new technology is great news for companies requiring customers to provide a once-off signature on a document or form.”

Pitney Bowes is the first company to introduce CoSign Click to South Africa, and is excited to introduce the numerous benefits of digital signature technology to local businesses.

“In South African law there are certain statutes that require a signature before a document can be considered valid. If this signature is to be applied electronically, the Electronic Communications and Transaction (ECT) Act of 2002 refers to an ‘Advanced’ Electronic Signature (AeS) and is the only type of electronic signature that is recognised as legally acceptable.

The partnership with ARX offers our customers a legally compliant solution for digitally signing documents which can then be seamlessly integrated with their Electronic Document Management system,” says Van der Merwe.

He explains how it works: “There are three areas in which the technology ensures compliance, which we refer to as the three ‘I’s’: intent (to sign), identity (of the signer) and integrity (of the document). After a person electronically signs a document the content of the document is protected. If changes are made to the signed document, the signature will no longer be valid.”

“Digital signatures have become increasingly necessary in today’s international and local business world, as companies strive to automate and streamline their systems.

These include local government and financial services businesses, one of which has been able to reduce their customer on-boarding process from a time-consuming paper-based system taking 5 to 7 days down to 40 minutes.
CoSign Click therefore provides a slick alternative to what has historically been a paper-intense and inefficient process. This requires no printing or scanning, does not waste time, and essentially provides an end-to-end solution which completely digitises the customer on-boarding process.
“Form-filling can be a very cumbersome process, for both companies and their customers. In the light of this, our collaboration with ARX offers South African businesses very real and tangible benefits. We offer companies a quick, safe and efficient system that we believe will transform the way in which many organisations interact with their customers – which in South Africa has historically been a very paper-based business culture.

“Pitney Bowes SA has helped companies for many years to enhance their customer communications capabilities. Part of Pitney Bowes Incorporated – the global business solutions provider – Pitney Bowes SA is at the leading edge of digital signature technology in this country,” Van der Merwe concludes.

ENGINEERING NEWS – ‘Signed and Sealed’ at the ‘click’ of a button: Pitney Bowes introduces ground-breaking digital signature technology

Electronic Signatures in South Africa
Article by: ENGINEERING NEWS
Edited by: Creamer Media Reporter

ENlogoPitney Bowes South Africa, a leading provider of customer communication solutions, in partnership with ARX Cosign, the market leader in digital signature technology, has launched a powerful, integrated solution which streamlines and digitises document signing processes. This new, ground-breaking technology – called ‘CoSign Click’ – is set to revolutionise how companies ‘on-board’ new customers. This is achieved through the elimination of the cumbersome and time-consuming manual process of printing out forms, signing in pen, scanning and uploading or emailing the document.

Leon van der Merwe, Business Development Manager at Pitney Bowes South Africa, explains: “Co-Sign Click is a digital signature solution which enables a company’s customers to sign on-line documents and forms electronically without them requiring a digital signature or any hardware signing device. “Until now, signing electronically with a digital signature was only available to licensed subscribers of digital signature applications. This new technology is great news for companies requiring customers to provide a once-off signature on a document or form.” Pitney Bowes is the first company to introduce CoSign Click to South Africa, and is excited to introduce the numerous benefits of digital signature technology to local businesses. “In South African law there are certain statutes that require a signature before a document can be considered valid. If this signature is to be applied electronically, the Electronic Communications and Transaction Act of 2002 refers to an ‘Advanced’ Electronic Signature and is the only type of electronic signature that is recognised as legally acceptable.

The partnership with ARX offers our customers a legally compliant solution for digitally signing documents which can then be seamlessly integrated with their Electronic Document Management system,” says van der Merwe. He explains how it works: “There are three areas in which the technology ensures compliance, which we refer to as the three ‘I’s’: intent (to sign), identity (of the signer) and integrity (of the document).  After a person electronically signs a document the content of the document is protected. If changes are made to the signed document, the signature will no longer be valid.” “Digital signatures have become increasingly necessary in today’s international and local business world, as companies strive to automate and streamline their systems.
Customer on-boarding process: from 7 days to 40 minutes
These include local government and financial services businesses, one of which has been able to reduce their customer on-boarding process from a time-consuming paper-based system taking 5 to 7 days down to 40 minutes. CoSign Click therefore provides a slick alternative to what has historically been a paper-intense and inefficient process.  This requires no printing or scanning, does not waste time, and essentially provides an end-to-end solution which completely digitises the customer on-boarding process. “Form-filling can be a very cumbersome process, for both companies and their customers. In the light of this, our collaboration with ARX offers South African businesses very real and tangible benefits. We offer companies a quick, safe and efficient system that we believe will transform the way in which many organisations interact with their customers – which in South Africa has historically been a very paper-based business culture.

Pitney Bowes SA has helped companies for many years to enhance their customer communications capabilities. Part of Pitney Bowes Incorporated – the global business solutions provider – Pitney Bowes SA is at the leading edge of digital signature technology in this country,” van der Merwe concludes.

A ground breaking digital signature technology that enables your customers to sign electronically.

CoSignCollabPBA digital signature solution that enables your customers to sign your online documents and forms electronically without them already having a digital signature or any hardware signing device.

 What’s all the excitement about?

Up until now, signing electronically with a digital signature was predominantly only available to licensed subscribers of digital signature applications and not to external customers whom are required to sign digital forms and documents, once-off. This is largely due to the cost associated with digital signatures and “on the fly” digital signatures not being available to a person that is not identified and linked to an established digital signature account.

With the new Cosign Collab service, you enable the customer to once-off sign the form or document electronically with a digital signature using the organisation’s license. The system establishes essential confidence and compliance in the signature with three key areas (the three I’s) when issuing the digital signature.

1. Intent to sign

Intent to sign is established through communication that requires action. Once the signer has opted by action to continue with the process, intent is established and the signing process is activated.

2. Identity of the signer

The Identity of the customer is established through various electronic communication methodologies. Existing account holders’ data can also be used in our identification methodologies. A combination of Email and mobile OTP (One time password) technologies are used to grant access to the document and digital signature.

3. Integrity of the document

After a user electronically signs the document with their issued digital signature, the content of the document is protected. If any changes are made to the signed document, the signature will no longer be valid. The validity of the digital signature and the integrity of the document can be verified by anyone using free Adobe PDF reader, no need for any additional software or licenses.

What does this mean for business?

Lets assume that you are a financial institution that requires a customer to fill out a form to apply for credit. There are generally three major processes that follows. The applicant fills out the form, prints a copy, signs it and scans it back before uploading or Emailing it. The organisation then processes the application and if successful a final agreement is drawn up that the applicant must sign. This is generally Emailed and the process of printing, signing, scanning and Emailing is repeated. In some instances the applicant is even expected to make his way into a branch to sign on paper.

With pbVerify’s CoSign Collab, this entire process is digitised. No paper, printing, signing and scanning of the document and no need for the document to be emailed or uploaded at any stage.

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Learn more about the CoSign digital signature solution

Please contact Leon van der Merwe on 011 516 9400 for more information or to book a product demo.

Author: Google

Advanced electronic Signature (AeS) solutions in SA – a new partnership offers more benefits to the local market

consumer_creditPitney Bowes  recently partnered with digital signature leader, ARX, in order to offer a powerful, integrated solution to assist South African organisations in improving efficiencies, lowering their operational risk and become POPI (Protection Of Personal Information Act) compliant.

The new partnership now gives SA companies the ability to modernise most of their legal signing processes.

Cumbersome, legal signing processes that are time consuming and face many geographical challenges are now as easy as 1-2-3. Legal signing processes like client on-boarding processes, minutes of board meetings, electronic contracting and many more can now be done with a legally accredited, high assurance Advanced Electronic Signature.

“Gone are the days of having to put pen to paper when signing legal documents” says Leon van der Merwe, Business development manager at Pitney Bowes SA

Not only have Advanced electronic Signatures (AeS) become increasingly popular in recent years as many organisations choose to digitise and automate their business systems, but in South Africa it has become a compliance necessity.

In the South African law there are certain statutes that require a signature before a document can be considered valid. If this signature is to be applied electronically, the Electronic Communications and Transaction (ECT) Act of 2002 refers to an ‘Advanced’ Electronic Signature (AeS) and is the only type of electronic signature that is recognised as legally acceptable.

“The partnership with ARX offers our customers a legally compliant solution for digitally signing documents which can then be seamlessly integrated with their Electronic Document Management system,” says van der Merwe.

“ARX are thrilled to be working with Pitney Bowes. As ECM experts who can advise on both strategy and implementation, they fully complete the services we currently offer our clients. By combining ECM solutions with workflow systems and digital signatures, organisations can dramatically improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their core business processes,” says Raanan Dahari, VP of Sales EMEA at ARX.

About CoSign by ARX

CoSign by ARX is the most widely used digital signature solution with millions of signers at security-minded businesses, governments and cloud services around the world. CoSign was recognised by Forrester Research as “the strongest digital signature solution” in the Forrester wave: E-Signatures, Q2 2013 report.
CoSign, which is available both on-premises and in the cloud, ca be used on any device to easily and securely sign documents in Word, Excel, PDF and many other file types. Its scalable engine can be seamlessly integrated into any document-related workflow, application or service, so that customers retain complete control over their IT/business environemtns.
Our customers use the flexible CoSign solution to quickly create highly efficient signature-dependent processes that considerably lower their paper-related costs. They also use it to ensure full compliance with strict industry regulations, country-specific legislation and exacting technical standards.

Learn more about the CoSign digital signature solution

Please contact Leon van der Merwe on 011 516 9400 for more information or to book a product demo.

Author: Google