BREAKING: LAWtrust joins Cloud Signature Consortium to advance digital signatures in the country
Johannesburg May 11, 2021 – LAWtrust, a global Certificate Authority (CA) and Africa’s leading provider of identity and Digital Trust Services, today announced it has joined the Cloud Signature Consortium.
LAWtrust will work closely with the Cloud Signature Consortium to help drive the development of a common technical specification that will assist with the global adoption of digital signature signing standards.
The Cloud Signature Consortium, which was founded by Adobe in 2016, is a group of industry and academic organizations committed to building a new standard for cloud-based digital signatures that will support web and mobile applications and comply with the most demanding electronic signature regulations in the world. The Consortium seeks to provide a common technical specification that will make solutions interoperable and suitable for uniform adoption in the global market.
The Cloud Signature Consortium’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.
Public Key Infrastructures (PKI) -based digital signatures provide assurance of authenticity, integrity, and legal non-repudiation that are not offered by simple electronic signatures such as an image of an ink signature affixed to an electronic document. A valid digital signature provides assurance 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.
“LAWtrust is proud to be a member and to promote the Cloud Signature Consortium as we are convinced that a common technical specification will make secure signing solutions are interoperable and suitable for uniform adoption in the global market enabling digital business transformation.” Explains Michael Horn, Chief Technology Officer of LAWtrust.
LAWtrust is Africa’s leading trust centre, security integrator and security solutions developer, providing world-class security in the digital world. LAWtrust puts people at the centre of everything it does, from securing identity documents, protecting companies to supporting its surrounding communities.
LAWtrust is a subsidiary of the Etion Group of companies, a South African digital technology group with a BBBEE level of One.
Their story started in 2006, when the business was founded to provide digital trust services to government and business. The business has grown strongly since then, and boasts nearly 1 000 clients in government, the financial sector and other industries.
LAWtrust has become a foundational contributor to securing South African society, through the trust services it provides to government and industry. Examples include the South African national ID card security, border control biometrics, digital certificates for banking systems protecting billions of rands monthly, and digital signature solutions in banking, insurance and other industries.
The LAWtrust approach is to focus on the aspects of information security that can provide the fastest, and the greatest, advantage to a business in a disruptive but regulated environment.