As more and more organizations automate their business processes, the mechanisms to ensure security, authenticity, integrity, privacy and non-repudiation of the electronic documents have become more critical. The Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) model addresses all of these requirements by providing mechanism to ensure authentication, integrity, confidentiality and non-repudiation using digital signature certificates issued by trusted certifying authorities for signing.
Electronic processes have obvious benefits over the physical or paper based processes. Most business processes are interrupted by need to get physical signatures on the documents that leads to waste of time and slowing down the processes considerably. Therefore, many Governments and Corporates now prefer complete electronic processes enabled by digital signature solutions.
Processes like e-invoicing, e-tendering, e-procurement, e-approvals, e-governance, e-statements, e-applications, HR processes etc can use digital signature software to achieve security and legal compliance.
The PKI digital signatures are legally valid in most countries and can be used in different businesss processes in various industries: