Digital authentication - factors, mechanisms and schemes

Indiana University defines authentication as "the process of determining whether someone or something is who or what it is declared to be." Similarly, digital authentication is about having suitably secure mechanisms in place to be able to confirm whether an individual or online user is who they say they are.

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US Court Rejects DocuSign E-Signatures as method to provide Digital Authorization

An interesting case rose in the state of California this year regarding a bankruptcy lawyer who utilized DocuSign for many official legal documents. 

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Strong authentication for Governments through trust service providers - a European perspective

One of the greatest benefits of the digital age is the availability of being able to perform many different government processes online in a shorter amount of time versus having to depend upon the postal service or taking time out of a busy day to go stand in a line at a government office.

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How eIDAS affects the USA

On July 1st 2016, eIDAS was introduced in the EU to replace the almost 20 year old European Signatures Directive. The directive was originally built with the intent to encourage the adoption of electronic signatures, and provide a legal framework by which member states could implement for consistency.

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What is a secure signature creation device

As defined by Regulation (EU) No 910/2014 (eIDAS), which took effect on 1 July 2016, an electronic signature creation device is software or hardware that has been configured to generate an electronic signature. However, for such a device to be considered a secure signature creation device (SSCD), it must meet the specifications that are stipulated in Annex II of eIDAS

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Understanding non-repudiation of origin and non-repudiation of emission

This article sheds light on the two approaches to achieve non-repudiation of an electronic message: non-repudiation of emission and non-repudiation of origin.

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E-signatures in elections: The key to preventing voter fraud?

Election season in the US is upon us - and with it, comes the typical questions of how to secure ballots and prevent voter fraud. In the US, UK, and many other countries there are endless numbers of instances demonstrating cases of electoral fraud.

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Centralized Authentication and Signing for E-Government

Achieve Non-Repudiation of Origin (NRO) and Non-Repudiation of Emission (NRE)

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How Digital Signatures and Blockchains Can Work Together

Everywhere you turn in the security world, an interesting word keeps popping up: “Blockchain”. Just like the word “cloud”, this concept has taken hold of the security industry and has become one of the hottest emerging technologies. But what exactly is it?

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