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Message from mary@princetonfriendsschool.org

Friends,

We have decided to ramp up our electronic signature policy to require digital signatures for our website’s parent portal for online forms and permissions.

 

I am not familiar with the mechanics of this and could use some help knowing where to begin with this process.

 

Thanks!

Mary

 

Mary D'Amore

Director of Technology

Princeton Friends School

470 Quaker Road

Princeton, NJ 08540

(609) 683-1194 X32

(609) 731-7255 cell

www.princetonfriendsschool.org

 

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As Creighton University reached deeper into online education we (IT) are being asked to provide a solution to allow distance students to ‘sign’ electronic documents as they pertain to their educational pursuits.  Documents like Dissertation proposal forms, plan of study document, etc. are used by traditional students and physically signed by program personnel and the student as they are guiding documents tailored for each student.  As our distance student population grows we are beginning to recognize where some of our traditional practices have to change to meet new demands.  We do not have a PKI infrastructure in place today so this initiative will be from the ground up.

 

Have others implemented digital signature solutions to address the needs of distance students?  If so, what products are being used and how successful have these programs been, are these solutions used across campus or only for small populations, and are these standalone solutions or are you integration digital signatures into other application? 

 

Thanks,

 

Bryan McLaughlin

Information Security Officer

Creighton University

Hi Bryan,

I will recommend you start your research with InCommon certificate services @ http://www.incommon.org/cert/

Wole Akpose, CISSP, CGEIT, D.Eng., Lean Six Sigma
Interim CIO
Office of the CIO
Mor
gan State University
1700 E. Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore, MD 21251
p. 443.885.1850  / f. 443.885.8211




Bryan— After operating a PKI system based on an in-house certification authority for several years, KU switched to certificates from DigiCert. It's nice since our digital signatures (such as on this email) are now recognized without need to install a KU root cert. Each person gets 2 certificates. DigiCert keeps an escrowed copy of the private key that goes with the encryption certificate so it can be recovered by the user if, for example, they forget their password or by KU (through a multi-person process) if we need to access the key for discovery purposes. The private key that goes with the authentication certificate is generated directly on the requesting user's system so it can be used for digital signing with nonrepudiation since no one except the owner has access to it. We use these primarily for email, but they can be used for digital signatures on MS Word documents (Windows, not Mac) and Acrobat (multiple platforms). Our contract provides fixed cost regardless of how many certificates we issue. InCommon offers a similar certificate program through Comodo with similar features, but we've been very happy with the service and support from DigiCert.

We're not using these for distance education, but they would seem to be a good fit for that application. One issue there would be how to verify a student's identity when initially issuing a certificate to them. Please contact me off-list if you have questions.

--Wes Hubert <whubert@ku.edu>
Information Security Analyst
IT Security Office, KU Information Technology
The University of Kansas, Lawrence KS 66045

From: "McLaughlin, Bryan S." <bmclaughlin@CREIGHTON.EDU>
Reply-To: The EDUCAUSE Security Constituent Group Listserv <SECURITY@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU>
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2012 17:25:26 +0000
To: <SECURITY@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU>
Subject: [SECURITY] Digital Signatures

As Creighton University reached deeper into online education we (IT) are being asked to provide a solution to allow distance students to ‘sign’ electronic documents as they pertain to their educational pursuits.  Documents like Dissertation proposal forms, plan of study document, etc. are used by traditional students and physically signed by program personnel and the student as they are guiding documents tailored for each student.  As our distance student population grows we are beginning to recognize where some of our traditional practices have to change to meet new demands.  We do not have a PKI infrastructure in place today so this initiative will be from the ground up.

 

Have others implemented digital signature solutions to address the needs of distance students?  If so, what products are being used and how successful have these programs been, are these solutions used across campus or only for small populations, and are these standalone solutions or are you integration digital signatures into other application? 

 

Thanks,

 

Bryan McLaughlin

Information Security Officer

Creighton University

Message from brady.mcclenon@oneonta.edu

We are discussing Electronic Signatures too.  I’ve never found anything suggesting InCommon provided an Electronic Signatures service.   Is this something I overlooked?

 

Brady McClenon

Senior Server Administrator

SUNY Oneonta

607-436-3203

 

Lincoln: Is that even possible?

Walter: It's possible, of course. Leprechauns are possible.

 

 

From: The EDUCAUSE Security Constituent Group Listserv [mailto:SECURITY@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU] On Behalf Of Dr. Wole Akpose
Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 1:44 PM
To: SECURITY@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU
Subject: Re: [SECURITY] Digital Signatures

 

Hi Bryan,

 

I will recommend you start your research with InCommon certificate services @ http://www.incommon.org/cert/


Wole Akpose, CISSP, CGEIT, D.Eng., Lean Six Sigma
Interim CIO

Office of the CIO
Mor
gan State University
1700 E. Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore, MD 21251
p. 443.885.1850  / f. 443.885.8211

 

 

Here's a link to InCommon's cert service [1]. Indiana University uses it, and it works pretty good. [1] - https://www.incommon.org/cert/ Thanks, Chad Chad Marcum Payment System Security Analyst Office of the Treasurer Indiana University 812-855-2930 (p) 812-855-3863 (f) -----Original Message----- From: The EDUCAUSE Security Constituent Group Listserv [mailto:SECURITY@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU] On Behalf Of McClenon, Brady Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 2:45 PM To: SECURITY@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU Subject: Re: [SECURITY] Digital Signatures We are discussing Electronic Signatures too. I’ve never found anything suggesting InCommon provided an Electronic Signatures service. Is this something I overlooked? Brady McClenon Senior Server Administrator SUNY Oneonta 607-436-3203 Lincoln: Is that even possible? Walter: It's possible, of course. Leprechauns are possible. From: The EDUCAUSE Security Constituent Group Listserv [mailto:SECURITY@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU] On Behalf Of Dr. Wole Akpose Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 1:44 PM To: SECURITY@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU Subject: Re: [SECURITY] Digital Signatures Hi Bryan, I will recommend you start your research with InCommon certificate services @ http://www.incommon.org/cert/ Wole Akpose, CISSP, CGEIT, D.Eng., Lean Six Sigma Interim CIO Office of the CIO Morgan State University 1700 E. Cold Spring Lane Baltimore, MD 21251 p. 443.885.1850 / f. 443.885.8211
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