Gartner Research

Tutorial: Understanding Electronic and Digital Signatures

Published: 23 August 2006

ID: G00142549

Analyst(s): Gregg Kreizman, Kristen Noakes-Fry


When organizations automate paper-based processes to reduce paper and improve processing efficiency, they increasingly employ e-signatures to avoid processing delays and reduce the risk of fraud and forgery. Several options are available for including signatures in the automated process.

Table Of Contents
  • Predictions
  • Important Assumptions Governing Signatures
  • The Need for E-Signatures
  • Digital Signatures
  • E-Signatures — Biometric
  • E-Signatures — Not Digital and Not Biometric
  • Signing Electronically With a Token and Message Authentication Code
  • Which Technology Is Best?

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