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PSN Certification Means the Highest Security Standards

Posted 15th January 2021

As the way we do business moves increasingly online, your sensitive data is more vulnerable than ever. Indeed, everyone from criminals to legitimate businesses will pay good money for data; it’s effectively the currency of the digital age and cybercriminals will go to extreme lengths to get their hands on it.

With this in mind, both businesses and digital providers must continuously up their security game to safeguard data against cyberattacks and ensure continued compliance with data protection regulations.

At E-Sign, security is at the heart of everything we do. Our software developers work tirelessly to stay one step ahead of the criminals and implement the latest security updates. This approach has earned E-Sign numerous security accreditations including ISO27001, Cyber Essential certification and ICO data processing.

While this is the standard for many digital providers, our electronic signature and digital platform doesn’t stop there; our robust security strategy means that E-Sign can now also add PSN certification to our collection of accreditations. As the only PSN certified supplier on the market, our PSN accreditation sets us apart from the rest and means we’re uniquely positioned in our industry and on the market; we’re the only e-signature supplier approved for use on the Public Service Network.

 

What is the Public Service Network?

A high-performing network used by all public sector organisations to improve collaboration, reduce duplication and share resources, the PSN is a ‘network of networks’ designed to unify public sector network infrastructure across the UK. While there’s many benefits to this system, it also means there’s a lot of confidential data on one network. Indeed, security concerns around both the network set up and the sensitive nature of the information means stringent security compliance is required from every user.

If the security of one PSN user is compromised, that can impact the entire network and every other connected party. So how do you protect such an important network? This is where PSN certification comes into play; by holding every user to the same stringent security measures, the network is protected from any security weaknesses.

 

How Does a Supplier Become PSN Certified?

Before a supplier can become PSN certified, they must first demonstrate that their product or service meets the Information Assurance security requirements and prove that their infrastructure is secure- and more importantly, that they won’t jeopardise the integrity of the overall network. The supplier must also make commitments to continuously uphold the required PSN standards, ensuring ongoing security for the public network.

A successful supplier must tick all the right boxes in the following areas:

  1. Operational security including patch management, secure configuration, physical security, intrusion detection and incident response.
  2. Authentication and access control such as user-to-device authentication, device-to-service authentication, user-to-service authentication.
  3. Boundary protection and interfaces e.g., configured firewalls and security considerations for BYOD (bring your own device).
  4. Protecting data at rest and in transit e.g., through data encryption
  5. User and administrator separation of data
  6. Users security controls e.g., Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS)
  7. Security testing with regular IT Health Checks (ITHCs)

If all these conditions are met and consequently, approved by Government assessors, a PSN certification is issued and IT providers can supply their services to public sector organisations via the Public Service Network.

E-Sign’s digital solutions meet all the security requirements in the above areas and are more than secure enough for use on the PSN.  Thanks to our stringent security measures, E-Sign is able to supply our time- and cost-saving e-signatures to central and local Government departments, as well as NHS trusts and educational institutions.

 

Public or Private, Choose a Provider You Can Trust

Whether you’re a private business or public sector organisation, you need a digital supplier who you can trust with your data and more importantly, your clients’ information. With our sophisticated software and robust security strategy ensuring secure transactions, uploads and storage, you have the peace of mind you need to do business digitally.

While our expert developers keep things safe and secure behind the scenes, we’ve also built in some extra security features you can use to keep your information safe and to protect your transactions against fraud and non-compliance.

  • SMS authentication

To ensure that your document goes to your intended recipient, you can easily enable SMS authentication. In this case, the signer will receive a one-time passcode via SMS that must be entered before they can access your document.

  • Password protection

For extra security, you can also enable password protection on documents you send for signing. This is particularly helpful if the document contains personal information that could breach GDPR.

  • Integrated ID verification

To protect your transactions from fraudulent interference or to help your business comply with Know Your Customer or Customer Due Diligence legislation, you can integrate ID verification into your signing process with our ID Checker. This compares your signer’s personal data and passport information against a global database for near instant ID verification.

  • Digital Signature Certificate

With E-Sign as your e-signature provider, you can be sure that every completed document will be supported by a full digital certificate that documents the author, signers, devices used, IP addresses, time, and date stamps and much more. This helps to keep a secure and tamperproof record of all transactions your business or organisation makes.

  • Advanced Audit Trail

An audit trail helps you to track and record your document transaction at each stage of the process, creating an easily retrievable, digital trail for each document your company sends and receives.

 

Are you looking for a secure and reliable electronic signature supplier? Look no further than E-Sign. As the only PSN certified electronic signature supplier in the industry, your business can trust us to keep your data and information secure. Whether you’re a public sector organisation looking for a PSN certified provider or a private business looking for a supplier you can trust, E-Sign can provide the secure solution you’re looking for.

 

E-Sign is a leading provider of digital transaction management solutions, supplying professional services including Electronic Signatures, Web Forms, ID Checker, Verification Tools, Personalised Emails, API and Payment Processing to businesses of all sizes across the UK.

To find out more about our E-Sign solutions and how they could transform your business, get in touch with us today.