Is the NIST Digital Signature Standard DSS legally binding?


Under the Computer Security Act of 1987, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) was authorized to approve standards and set guidelines to ensure the security and confidentiality of sensitive data that is processed on the government’s computer systems. In 1994, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) adopted the Digital Signature Standard (DSS) FIPS 186, which specifies algorithms that are used in creating digital signatures. Currently, a revised DSS, FIPS 186-4 is awaiting its final release and there is controversy regarding whether the DSS should be considered legally binding.

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Understanding the Major Terms Around Digital Signatures


The technology and terms that are involved with digital signing can be confusing. This article attempts to clarify meaning and implications of the major terms related to digital signatures.

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