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Electronic Signatures: Solutions Maturing as Regulatory Deadlines Loom

Published: 05 March 2003

ID: G00203076

Analyst(s): Doug Simmons, Phil Schacter


The concepts and technology needed to support electronic signatures have been available since the early days of public key cryptography, and in particular over the past five years. In this Directory and Security Strategies Report, "Electronic Signatures: Solutions Maturing as Regulatory Deadlines Loom," Service Director and Senior Analyst Phil Schacter, and Principal Consultant Doug Simmons examine the concepts, technologies, and standards that are typically involved in applications that implement digital signing techniques. In addition, the document examines usage scenarios, key government regulations, and vendor offerings.

Table Of Contents



  • Impact of Uniform Electronic Transaction Act
  • Health Information Portability and Accountability Act
  • European Directive on Electronic Signatures
  • Identrus
  • Concerns over E-SIGN Laws and Electronic Signatures
  • Digital Signatures and Web Services
  • Market Impact
  • Recommendations
    • Risk Assessment
    • Potential Benefits
    • Alternative Deployment Strategies

The Details

  • Digital and Electronic Signatures Concepts
  • Early Adoption Scenarios
    • Types of E-Signed Transactions
    • Case Study: Government to Citizen
    • Case Study: Government to Employee
    • Case Study: Government to Business
  • Barriers to Adoption
  • Electronic Signature Initiatives
    • E-SIGN Law
    • Uniform Electronic Transactions Act
    • Differences Between E-SIGN and UETA
    • Federal Information Processing Standards 180-1 and 186-2
    • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
  • Industry Standards
    • OASIS Digital Signature Services
    • XML Signature Services
    • Digital Signatures and Authentication
    • Public-Key Cryptography Standard #7
  • Vendors and Potential Solutions
    • Baltimore Technologies' FormSecure
    • Digital Signature Trust's SimpleSign
    • DocuTouch
    • Entrust's Secure E-Forms
    • eOriginal
    • Evincible
    • iLumin
    • Lexign
    • PureEdge
    • R&L AG
    • RSA Security
    • Silanis


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