Algorithmic Research (ARX), a leading worldwide provider of electronic signatures and data security solutions, and Comodo Inc., a global leader in Identity and Trust Assurance Management solutions, have signed an agreement to offer Comodo´s Web Trusted certificates for use with CoSign Electronic Signatures.
CoSign´s use of Comodo´s Web Trusted certificates will enable third-party users to verify documents signed by CoSign´s standard digital signatures within applications such as Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat, without having to download or install any additional software components or certificates which is typical for other electronic signature solutions.
“With electronic signatures, backed by Comodo Web Trusted certificates, companies may confidently exchange signed documents and emails to users outside of their organization, secure in the knowledge that they are verifiable by every recipient,” said James Langman, Director of Business Development, Comodo.
An advantage of using a Standard PKI-based signature is that when applying a standard signature to a document, for example a PDF document, the signature is embedded in the document. This means the signature travels together with the document when it is sent to another user.
“All the recipient of that document needs is a free-Adobe reader to view the signature and verify it,” says Gadi Aharoni, CEO ARX. “This means the signature has value outside the application used to create the signature.” These capabilities are true for many other applications, such as Microsoft© Word, Excel©, InfoPath©, and in fact, all the Microsoft Office suite applications, Word Perfect, AutoCAD, etc.
The one piece of the puzzle that is normally missing is that the ability to verify the signature requires the “root certificate” from the organization that applied the signature. “Comodo Web Trusted certificates ensure the root certificate is already a part of Windows, and there is no need to install it, thus providing the ability to truly verify the signature without an additional install of any sort,” explains Aharoni.
“Now that we will be reselling Comodo´s Web Trusted Certificates it will allow third-party recipients to verify the electronic signature of the signer ensuring a smoother and improved user experience for the receiving parties” Aharoni adds.
The issuing of the Comodo certificates will be done completely transparently to the organization. According to Aharoni, it would work between the CoSign device and the Comodo CA and will be a standard feature of the future release of CoSign Version 4.