PDF Signing Certificates

PDF Signing Product Options

You have two main options when it comes to selecting the PDF Signing solution that is right for you - the identity on the certificate and on what type of hardware the signing certificate will reside.

Identity on Certificate

Who needs to sign the document? This is the name that will appear as the signer.

Named Individual
(e.g., John Smith)
Named Department
(e.g., Accounting)
Hardware Required USB Token USB Token or HSM
Validity Period 1 - 3 years 1 - 5 years

Hardware Options

Adobe CDS requires certificates to be stored on cryptographic hardware that meets FIPS standards. GlobalSign has partnered with SafeNet to provide different hardware options based on your needs.

USB Token Hosted HSM Owned HSM
Certificate Resides On GlobalSign-furnished SafeNet USB Token GlobalSign-hosted SafeNet Luna HSM Organization-owned HSM
Software Required to
Apply Signature
Acrobat 8.0+, Bluebeam Revu Automated PDF signature software (e.g., Adobe LiveCycle, Ascertia DSS, Eldos Secure Black Box, iText) Automated PDF signature software (e.g., Adobe LiveCycle, Ascertia DSS, Eldos Secure Black Box, iText)
Identity on Certificate Individual or Department Department Department
Ideal For: Individuals who need to digitally sign PDFs
(< 2,000 signatures per year)

Organizations who need individual employees or departments to digitally sign a moderate amount of PDFs (< 5,000 signatures per year)
Organizations who need to digitally sign large volumes of PDF documents, but do not have the internal resources or desire to support an in-house HSM Organizations who need to digitally sign large volumes of PDF documents and have the internal resources to support an in-house HSM
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