What is a Digital Signature - What it Does, How it Works

In the fast-paced world of business, there is always the need for speeding up various processes that are integral for optimizing efficiency, while still protecting the privacy of the business and its clients/customers. The use of digital signatures has continued to grow as a means of meeting the need for faster and more secure authentication that cannot be easily forged or compromised.

Consider how important and time-sensitive documents have been signed in the past. The user would first need to obtain the documents to be signed by means of receiving a paper document by mail or printing the document from a designated online source. The document would need to be physically signed and then returned to its originator. This caused the user to complete the process offline, which would involve other physical processes that could be considered time-consuming and costly in returning the signed document and then the additional steps that were needed to verify the signature. However, with the use of digital signatures and the WYSIWYS experience, the user can now securely access, view and sign documents online, thus eliminating the need for most offline steps.

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How to Deploy and Manage Cryptography in a Project the Right Way

With the ever increasing number of online services and electronic transactions, business owners are becoming ever more dependent on the use cryptography to prevent sensitive information from cyber attackers.

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Using a Centralized Key Management System to Enforce Information Security Policies

A Key Management System (KMS) must be designed in a manner that supports the goals of each organization using the KMS. The aim of a security policy is to provide a secure working environment for the organization by establishing required security measures, protocols and controls. 

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What is the right user interface for a Key Management System?

User interface design and usability are the deciding factors in attaining a good user experience for most IT deployments, including key management systems (KMS). The most significant constraint to the use of a KMS is the difficulty that some systems present to the non-specialist users.

User interfaces (UIs) that adapt to the expertise of the user can guide a new and less-trained user, while permitting an expert to use efficient shortcuts and to bypass step-by-step guidance.

This article presents high level recommendations on efficient user interface design for a key management system.

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How Third Party Testing Can Improve Key Management System Security

Independent third-party testing is essential for identification, detection, and elimination of defects in a key management system (KMS). The third-party testing organizations often have specialized facilities and expertise to carry out the testing and offer unbiased testing reports. These testing and validation activities should be performed on each module including the security functions and the protective measures employed by each module. This article discusses the benefits of third party testing for a key management system.

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Securing Web applications with Cryptographic Zones

A cryptographic zone exists between two points, where a symmetric key or asymmetric public keys are shared in order to encrypt sensitive information. Once the key, or keys have been exchanged, data, and in some cases other keys, are encrypted within this zone.

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Reducing Payment Card Fraud by Shifting over to EMV Chip Technology

This article gives an insight into the EMV chip technology, which is being rolled out on a world-wide scale to increase the level of fraud protection in credit card transactions. It presents and discusses legal incentives for migration, security benefits, a detailed view of the sequence of steps in a transaction and a concluding discussion.

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Assignment and Configuration of Roles in a Crypto Key Management System

This article introduces and describes the relevant roles needed to successfully manage a key management system in an organisation.

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How to implement efficient Key Management in a Legacy Infrastructure

In this article, we discuss the various issues and present Cryptomathic’s approach to central key and crypto management that has been adopted by major banks. 

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