What is a Digital Signature Certificate ( DSC) ?Wikipedia
Defines Digital Signature Certificate (DSC ) as A digital signature
is a mathematical scheme for verifying the authenticity of digital messages or documents. A valid digital signature, where the prerequisites are satisfied, gives a recipient very strong reason to believe that the message was created by a known sender (authentication), and that the message was not altered in transit (integrity). Digital signatures are a standard element of most cryptographic protocol suites, and are commonly used for software distribution, financial transactions, contract management software, and in other cases where it is important to detect forgery or tampering. Now that we have known what a digital signature certificate is lets find out its uses
What is the purpose of Digital Signature Certificates (DSC) ?
Digital Signature Certificates or DSC or Digital Signature
are being adopted by various government agencies and now is a statutory requirement in various applications. DSC is physical signature of the person in an electronic format. Digital Signatures which is used widely in India for government filing transactions such as Filing Annual Return (RoC Returns), Company Registration
, LLP Registration, Income Tax E-Filing, E-Tenders with PSU (Public Sector Undertaking)
What are the Types Digital Signature Certificates (DSC) ?
There are 3 types of Digital Signatures,
- Class I DSC,
- Class II DSC
- Class III Digital Signatures.
DSC Class I Digital Signature
This is used for securing email communications, this certificates is low security digital signature certificates used for very rare cases and many Government Sites does not permit CLASS 1 DSC Digital Signature
Class II DSC digital signature
This This level is applicable to environments where risks and consequences pertaining to data compromise are moderate and this many utilized for many government wise a few of the purposes are company registrations, Income Tax filing, Obtaining Director identification number, for PF Registration and GST Filing for Companies
Class III digital signature
This certificate is issued to individuals and organizations. Unlike Class 1 certificates, both class 2 and class 3 digital signatures certificates are applicable in environments with significant risks. However, Class 3 Digital Signature Certificate
is applicable to environments where threats to data and consequences of failure of security services are high, for instance, high value transactions or high levels of fraud risk.
What are further further classification of DSC based on the Signing ?
- Only Signing
Signing digital Signature certificate can only be used for signing documents. The most popular usage of is signing the PDF file for Tax Returns, MCA and other websites. Signing via DSC gives the assurance of not only the integrity of the signer but also the data. It is proof of untampered and unaltered data.
Encrypt DSC can only be used to encrypt a document, it is popularly used in the tender portal, to help companies encrypt the documents and upload. You could also use the certificate to encrypt and send classified information. Encrypt Digital signature certificate is fit for e-commerce documents, legal documentation and sharing documents that are highly confidential and contains information that needs to be protected. We are selling Encrypt certificate as a standalone product as well.
- Sign & Encrypt ( For Financial Bids and Used in Tenders)
Our Sign & Encrypt DSC can be used for both signing and encrypting. It is convenient for users who need to authenticate and maintain the confidentiality of the information shared. Its usage includes filing government form and application.