On May 5, 2020, SSL.com, a publicly-trusted certificate authority (CA) based in Houston, Texas, joined the Cloud Signature Consortium (CSC), a group of industry and academic organizations “committed to building a new standard for cloud-based digital signatures.” With the Executive-level membership, SSL.com will be able to contribute to the development of secure digital cloud signings in a very impactful way.
The CSC’s mission was initially defined by the need for cloud-based digital signing solutions that meet the highest-level requirements of the European Union’s Regulation on Identification and Trust Services (eIDAS). Its impact, however, is truly global in scope as technical and security requirements for digital signatures continue to become more rigorous worldwide.
PKI-based digital signatures provide assurances of authenticity, integrity, and legal non-repudiation that are not offered by simple electronic signatures such as an image of an ink signature or seal affixed to an electronic document. A valid digital signature provides assurances of the identity of the signatory, and that an electronic document has not been altered since it was signed. For this reason, digital signatures are afforded higher legal recognition than simple electronic signatures by the eIDAS and many other national regulations.
As an established issuer of Adobe- and Microsoft-trusted document signing certificates, SSL.com looks forward to working with other CSC members in contributing to the development of industry standards for cloud-based digital signatures. Look to SSL.com for continued development at the forefront of cloud signing innovation in the coming months and years.