E-Sign Improving Government And Supplier Efficiencies Via G-Cloud Digital Marketplace

Posted 5th June 2020

E-Sign have been an approved supplier on the G-Cloud framework for several years delivering greater efficiencies for many government departments and agencies.

The G-Cloud Digital Marketplace is an online service for public sector organisations to find people and technology for digital projects. Through the Marketplace organisations can purchase directly through pre-approved suppliers rather than having to go through a lengthy tender process saving time, money and improving productivity.

The frameworks are established through an OJEU under the Open Procedure and are fully completely compliant with The Public Contracts Regulations 2006. This means that suppliers have already been through a rigorous process to ensure their credibility and suitability to provide solutions to the public sector. Removing the OJEU process results in a far less arduous and expensive process to get what you need.

 

 

Why use G-Cloud?

More and more businesses are utilising E-technologies to increases efficiency and ultimately maintain greater expenditure margins, with many government departments now following suit. G-Cloud offers many advantages, not least of all is the speed at which these can now be done.

All government departments, local authorities, not-for-profit organisations, police forces, devolved administrators, wider public sector bodies and even ‘arm’s length’ bodies are eligible to buy services on the Digital Marketplace.

  • Take advantage of new technologies and access the best ICT services and solutions available.
  • Encourage dynamic, responsive procurement and save time on traditional methods – the open procurement for each of the G-Cloud frameworks has already been done.
  • Meet environmental and sustainability targets.
  • Deliver ICT systems that are responsive to changing demands, policies and strategies – delivering value for money and up to date solutions.
  • Reduce costs through buying solutions as a service or based on usage, to meet your resource requirements.
  • Save money on maintenance and physical storage.
  • Easily compare and benchmark suppliers based on your desired characteristics and price with greater transparency.
  • Access ‘ready to use hybrid cloud’ solutions that are pre-assured for security, performance and service management.

E-Signatures enhancing procurement

The use of electronic signatures only enhances this process even further with added speed, productivity and security. Due to E-Sign being an approved supplier the ease and implementation of e-signatures are simple for government departments and agencies.

How does it work?

Providers such as E-Sign associate a signer with a document in a recorded transaction via a coded message through specific PKI protocols. The PKI protocols require the provider to use a mathematical algorithm that generates a public and private key for each document transaction.

When a person e-signs a document, the signature is created using the signer’s private key, which is always securely restored by the signer. The mathematical algorithm used by E-Sign acts like a cypher, creating data matching the signed document, called a hash, and encrypting that data as an advanced electronic signature.

When a document is sent via E-Sign the signer uses the public key to decrypt the signature via cypher. If the hash values are equal, then the signature is valid.


how it works

Security

E-Sign provides the highest level of security and universal acceptance for the digital transactions of documents. It’s also really quick and easy to use, allowing you to send and track documents efficiently and effectively. E-Sign’s electronic signature software creates a digital fingerprint with a randomness of 1 in 62 billion, ensuring no one can fake it.

E-sign’s incredible security means that all digital signatures are verifiable, as the E-Sign platform and website are 100% secure via 256bit SSL encryption, meaning your data is protected and your signatures above suspicion.

Legalities

Electronic signature transactions are a recognized and legally binding method of nearly all business and personal document transactions within the UK and around the world.

Legislative requirements for electronic signatures – A legally binding advanced electronic signature must meet the following requirements:

  • it is uniquely linked to the signatory
  • it is capable of identifying the signatory
  • it is created using means that the signatory can maintain under their sole control; and it is linked to the data to which it relates in such a manner that any subsequent change of the data is detectable

Within the UK, E-Sign’s digital signature solution complies with the definition of an electronic signature under the Electronic Communications Act 2000.

Not only is the process for procurement of E-Sign solutions simple, the use of electronic signatures with government departments and agencies further enhances efficiencies and productivity within them.

 

For more information on how to use the G-Cloud to purchase solutions from E-Sign please give us a call on 0330 057 3001 or email us info@e-sign.co.uk.

 

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