Six E-Signature Security Requirements for Digital Transactions

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Document and Signature Security

Document and signature security are at the heart of any electronically signed business transaction. The best e-signature solutions not only secure the document but also each signature within the document with a digital signature. This renders the document tamperproof and ensures that the signatures cannot be copied and pasted. It's important to note that a single tamper seal only validates the document, not the signatures. Look for an e-signatures solution that has the ability to reproduce every step in the process; this demonstrates compliance with all legal and regulatory requirements. e-SignLive records the entire document review and signing process from start to finish including the actual web pages and documents that were displayed, how long customers spent on each page, all actions they took, IP address, and much more.

The electronic signature market has been around for more than 20 years, but it has seen significant expansion and adoption in the past decade. Highly regulated industries like financial services, insurance, government and health care have led the charge when it has come to implementing this technology because of its ability to enable digital business while keeping processes secure and compliant. Recently, the industry has experienced increased growth in the mid-market as even more small- to medium-sized businesses have started adding e-signatures to their customer-facing processes.

A December 2015 report from Forrester Research, "E-Signatures – A Few Simple Best Practices Drive Adoption" (access requires subscription), attributes this recent increase in adoption to the fact that as customers become more digital, they increasingly expect the companies they do business with to provide high-quality digital experiences. Replacing manual, paper processes with ones that are automated and electronically signed has enabled organizations of all sizes to significantly reduce cycle times, errors and costs while offering the experience customers expect.

As more businesses transition their customer transactions to the web, security is understandably a top concern. When organizations are looking at various e-signature vendors, it is not enough to simply look for an e-signature that is "ESIGN compliant" or has a certain security certification. Taking a broader view of e-signature security will help companies strengthen their legal and compliance position while ensuring maximum adoption. In this slideshow, Silanis, provider of e-SignLive, takes a closer look at the top electronic signature security requirements for digital transactions.

 

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