Building a standard
for cloud signatures
A new industry consortium to pioneer
open digital signatures for mobile and the web
#OpenSignature

eIDAS and beyond

New regulations like eIDAS – European Union’s new Regulation on Identification and Trust Services – are setting rigorous requirements for secure signatures, in a way that is expected to influence the entire global industry.

The Cloud Signature Consortium aims to make it simple for EU businesses and governments to successfully comply with this new regulation. The vision is to create a single digital market, across Europe and the globe.

To do that, it’s necessary to develop solutions for mobile devices and the web, as is expected and demanded by today’s marketplace. Furthermore, we need to create and securely manage digital identities. Today’s standards don’t make it easy.

The Consortium

The Cloud Signature Consortium 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 goal is to provide a common technical specification that will make solutions interoperable and suitable for uniform adoption in the global market.

This effort was inspired by the need to meet the highest level requirements of the European Union’s Regulation on Identification and Trust Services (eIDAS), but its impact is expected to be global as demand for highly secure digital solutions continues to rise.

Changing the digital signature landscape

By simplifying and streamlining digital signing experiences, the Cloud Signature Consortium specification will have a remarkable impact on the cloud signature landscape. Here is what we intend to achieve.

mobile
Secure transactions,
on the go

Our technical specification enables secure signing transactions through web browsers and mobile devices, from your desk or on the go!

cloud
Cloud storage,
no download

Recipients will be able to easily sign documents stored in the cloud with any device, without having to download them first. 

owner
Simple certificate
ownership

No complex renewal procedures, no risk of token loss or theft: keys and certificates will be fully managed by Trust Service Providers in the cloud.

easy
Easy deployment
for end users

Easier, faster, better! No more smart cards or USB tokens. No more drivers to install. No more client platform dependencies. 

The Consortium members

The Cloud Signature Consortium is an international group of industry and academic experts, including solutions, technology, and trust service providers.

Adobe - Global

Docapost / Certinomis – France

Intesi Group – Italy

SwissSign – Switzerland

Asseco Data Systems – Poland

InfoCert – Italy

Izenpe – Spain

Graz University of Technology – Austria

Universign – France

Bundesdruckerei / D-Trust – Germany

Intarsys Consulting – Germany

Safelayer – Spain

Unibridge – Norway

The plan

The Cloud Signature Consortium will produce a technical specification that defines a common architecture, building blocks, and communication protocols for cloud-based digital signature transactions. This information will be captured and documented in an API, providing a common language for client and server software interactions.

End of 2015: kick-off

Adobe promotes an industrial cooperation initiative on the development of common technical specifications for Cloud Signature.

June 28th, 2016: launch

As eIDAS rules enter into force on July 1st, 2016, the Cloud Signature Consortium publicly announces its mission and starts its activity.

End of 2016: release

Specifications to standardize the three-corner model between solution, technology and service providers will be released.

2017: implementation

The Consortium will release the first cloud-based implementations of its technical specifications at the beginning of next year.

Paving the way

for digital transformation

The new standard developed by the Cloud Signature Consortium will be critical to furthering digital transformation of business on a global scale, by giving everyone access to secure digital signature solutions, across a full range of cloud applications on mobile devices and the web. Once implemented, the technical standard will benefit processes where signer identification is critical, such as applying for a marriage or business license, social security benefits, or signing for a large loan.

The digital signature challenge

Digital signatures are the most advanced and secure type of electronic signature, increasingly used by consumers, businesses and governments all over the world. However, using standards-compliant digital signatures today can be a cumbersome, time consuming process that keeps people tethered to their desktop.

Learn the issues

The ecosystem that eIDAS needs

The European Commission has worked hard to bring eIDAS to life. And yet, enabling broad adoption of digital signatures in Europe will take more than just a regulation. To be successful, they need a complete ecosystem of solutions, technology, and trust service providers that are fully aligned in support of eIDAS requirements.

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Bringing value to the industry

Compelling digital experiences are changing the way we interact, entertain, work, and relate. Consumers and businesses alike not only expect – but demand – simple and engaging products and services from the technology industry. The new standard will be critical to furthering digital transformation of business on a global scale.

How we help

Cooperation is the key to success

Hear the voices of the Consortium members, industry leaders which are working together to develop an open standard that will bring the world’s most secure form of electronic signing to the over seven billion mobile devices around the globe.

"We embrace open standards"

Adobe has a history of pioneering and advancing industry standards like PDF. We embrace open standards and, where none exist, we help create them. We are proud to advance an open standard for cloud-based digital signatures.

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Bryan Lamkin Executive Vice President and General Manager of Digital Media, Adobe

"A milestone of the new era"

Finally, after a decade of proprietary projects, Cloud Signature is entering a new phase of maturity that will significantly extend its use. Intesi Group is very pleased to be part of this initiative, a milestone of the new era.

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Fernando Catullo CEO, Intesi Group

"Simple and secure"

Cloud signature will make digital signatures as simple as handwritten ones, while providing the same security as a smartcard device. Certinomis is very proud to contribute to this essential seek for interoperability.

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François Chassery Chief Marketing Officer, Certinomis

"Towards interoperability"

InfoCert is a proud promoter of the Cloud Signature Consortium as we believe interoperability is fundamental for a wider adoption of trust solutions, which are the key enabler of any business digital transformation.

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Danilo Cattaneo CEO, InfoCert

"Moving forward"

With more than six billion digital and electronic signature transactions processed every year through Adobe Sign and Adobe Document Cloud, we are focused on moving the signature industry forward.

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Bryan Lamkin Executive Vice President and General Manager of Digital Media, Adobe

"A new global standard"

Universign is proud to be a key player of this major initiative, that we believe has to chance to become a global standard for cloud-based digital signatures and make secure transaction available on cloud applications and mobile devices.

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Julien Stern CEO, Universign

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