The qualified electronic signature guarantees the highest level of security during digital operations
The security of operations in the digital environment is fundamental to work with full trust and reliability. Signing electronic invoices or evidence generation during conservation processes for electronic documents are some of the most common situations that arise during operations in the public and private sphere, and which entail the need for an electronic signature. Demand for online certification increases as electronic document exchange becomes an established practice and the system’s benefits, such as immediacy, preservation, and cost savings, overtake the use of traditional physical mediums.
The qualified or recognised electronic signature is the system that offers the very best security guarantees during digital operations. Compared to the simple electronic signature or advanced signature, it is the only one that is equivalent to a handwritten signature. Its guarantees are based on authentication, integrity, and its not being rejected at either the source or destination.
The qualified electronic signature makes it possible to identify the source of the data and the signer, prevents changes from being made in the signed document, and offers proof of both delivery and receipt, meaning neither the issuer nor the recipient may deny delivery or receipt of the document, thereby enhancing legal certainty. Therefore it is the method of certifying an electronic operation that offers the most guarantees.
Based on this security, the qualified electronic signature is subject to a process and to certain requirements established by the European eIDAS regulation, which establishes a legal framework for secure interactions in the digital environment. Among other aspects, it regulates electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions within the European Union market.
Creating a qualified electronic signature falls to a qualified provider of trust services that operates according to eIDAS criteria. It also requires a qualified device from which to create the electronic signature. An electronic signature created from a recognised certificate with a secure signature creation device, such as a USB Token or a cryptographic card, represents the most advanced level of signature creation.
Clients and companies place enormous value on working with full security guarantees for digital operations. Make a decision based on the security benefits and aspects covered by each one of the types of electronic signatures. What should you consider when choosing a qualified provider of trust services? What technological features guarantee secure communications with clients? Are you aware of the benefits of working with EDICOM, EDI technology provider (Electronic Data Interchange) and its Remote Signature service: EDICOM CRYPTO SERVER (ECS)?