Electronic Signatures and Security Issues: An Empirical Study
Computer Law and Security Review 25 (2009) 432-446
15 Pages Posted: 21 Mar 2016
Date Written: June 9, 2009
Security concerns with regard to the use of electronic signatures in the electronic environment seem to represent a potential barrier to their usage. This paper presents an empirical study that examines businesses' perceived security concerns with the use of the electronic signature technology for executing contracts and commercial transactions and whether such issues represent a disincentive for their usage. The findings of the study reveal that there are significant security concerns in the business community with regard to the use of electronic signatures. However, such perceptions seem to be primarily driven by a lack of awareness and understanding. Advising prospective users of electronic signatures about the kind of safeguards that could be put in place to minimise risks associated with their usage can be a useful step towards overcoming their fears and hesitance.
Keywords: Electronic signatures, digital signatures, biometrics, electronic signature security, password security, hard disc security, smart cards, portable information storage devices
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