Electronic signing with Connectis Signing; Quick, safe and reliable
Published on: April 9 2020
In business and in the public sector, everyone wants to go digital wherever possible. Connectis is therefore introducing Connectis Signing: a service that enables legally valid digital signing of contracts and other documents.
Circulating printed documents for people to sign is time-consuming and expensive. There’s also a danger of confidential papers getting lost in transit or ending up in the wrong hands.
Digital signing does away with those problems. Digitisation of the signing process means an end to the cumbersome practice of printing, scanning and circulating printed documents for signature. With the added benefit that less information goes astray. While retaining all the legal validity of traditional signing.
Connectis Signing: the new digital signing solution
Connectis Signing is a new service from Connectis that enables electronic document endorsement. Connectis customers can use their existing Connectis Identity Broker connections to let staff, customers and business partners put their signatures on digital documents. So a single portal supports both multiple-eID access for service users and electronic signing.
The service also meets all relevant government requirements, including the GDPR and eIDAS regulations.
Three assurance levels
Connectis Signing offers various types of digital signature to suit the different types of digital document in use. A delivery can usually be signed for by any member of staff, with speed as the top priority. A purchase contract or a long-term agreement is different: it’s important to confirm who the signatory is. And then there are high-value, strategic contracts that call for extra assurance about the identity of the signatory and the security of the connection used.
Connectis Signing offers three signature assurance levels:
Standard signing – The signatory gives a legally valid signature without eID confirmation. This option is quite sufficient for many everyday documents.
Advanced signing – The signatory logs in with an eID, providing more assurance about their identity. With this option, it’s also possible to see whether someone else within the organisation — maybe the company lawyer — has given approval or made recommendations. Advanced signing is therefore ideal for long-term contracts, including partnership agreements, supply contracts and other arrangements involving recurring payment obligations.
Qualified signing – Connectis Signing offers the option of signatures certified using PKI Government, the Dutch government’s public key infrastructure (PKI). PKI Government certificates are guaranteed by the state and therefore provide a very high level of assurance regarding the signatory’s identity. That makes qualified signing suitable for the most important types of document, such as strategically critical contracts.
Advanced signing is available to Connectis Signing customers from the service launch date. Standard signing will be rolled out in the near future, while the qualified signing option will be added at a later date.
Synergy with the Connectis Identity Broker
Connectis Signing is available as an extension to the familiar Connectis service package, with the Connectis Identity Broker at its base. Connectis Signing is therefore a very attractive add-on for existing Connectis Identity Broker users. Additional eIDs can easily be added later and supported by the same connection.
Electronic signatures are now widely accepted in the Netherlands and elsewhere. And going digital means less risk and lower costs. Connectis Signing therefore delivers enhanced agility and increased digital assurance for organisations in all sectors.
Want to know more? Check out the Connectis Signing page and contact us to discuss the possiblities within your own business.