By Matt Stannard and Matt CoganThe Electronic Documents Consortium (EDC) is a group of academics and software developers working to create a world in which electronic documents are more accessible, more transparent, and less likely to be stolen, hacked, or stolen by hackers.
It’s the first of its kind, and one that’s getting serious.
Edits and updates on the EDF website and mobile app (EDF).
The group recently released a report detailing the challenges facing the electronics world, and a roadmap for a new generation of devices that will help deliver the data security promises of the 2020s.
The report is now available to read in its entirety for free.
We’re not the first to discuss the potential dangers of electronic documents.
But this one is different.
This is a report on the dangers that are already occurring, and the solutions that we can implement to make them less of a danger.
In its own words, the EDC’s report: “is the first comprehensive and up-to-date look at the state of electronic document security in the U.S. The paper lays out a roadmap to a new electronic document environment that is not yet here.
The EDC is not a cybersecurity think tank; it’s a cybersecurity education project.”
It’s a bold statement.
But it’s also a sobering one.
And it’s one that the EDL, which has already helped launch the EDAF, is embracing.
In fact, we asked EDL co-founder and CEO Ben Rennie to take a moment to chat about how the EDCs report has resonated with the group and what’s at stake if we fail to take action.
Editioning of the EDD.
EDD has been the topic of conversation for years, with the EDCL and EDDC all discussing the need for new digital security standards, and how that will be reflected in electronic documents, such as e-mails and text messages.
It was a topic of discussion at the Electronic Documents Conference in June, where I presented a talk titled The Future of Electronic Documents: From The Future to The Present.
And then, in August, I got a call from EDC co-chair Dr. Richard Pincus, who said, “I just got a very detailed report from the EDDC.
It just got released.”
Pincus says he didn’t know the EDs report was coming out until the EDLC got ahold of it.
He wanted to give a presentation at EDD that would have the EDCLA co-chairs, who were already aware of the threat posed by electronic documents and wanted to make sure the ED’s report was the first step toward addressing that.
The EDCL is one of the organizations involved with EDC, and EDCL co-director Matt Storrs told me that EDC wanted to have its own conference about electronic documents that would not be a conference about digital documents, but would be a conversation about digital security.”EDC is a large organization with a lot of stakeholders,” he said.
“We’re trying to have a conversation on the topic at EDCL, but EDC also wants to have their own conference.
We’re not interested in a conference that’s just a place for people to come and talk about electronic documentation.
We want to have the conference where people can really put their thoughts into action and make a real change.
We talked to EDCL for a while about how we can use their expertise to do that.
The next step was to get the EDDLs report on paper.
We looked into getting it on paper, and we came across the EDDF website, and it was an easy process to get it printed out.
Then we looked into the EDCD app, and that app is actually pretty easy to use.
It has all the tools that you would want for making an electronic document accessible and easy to access, and all of the security features that you’d need to use to protect electronic documents.”
What you need to know about digital document securityThe report lays out three broad recommendations.
First, electronic documents should be more secure.
It recommends that we adopt standards to make electronic documents more secure, including using encryption to encrypt and decrypt data, and encrypting messages and other files.
It also suggests that we should encrypt and decrypt documents on devices that are not connected to the internet.
Finally, it suggests that “we should require all electronic documents to be digitally signed by a person or entity who has been authorized to sign the electronic document.”
In other words, we should require every electronic document to have some sort of signature to be able to be read by anyone.
We’ve already seen some notable improvements to digital documents in the last few years.
There are now more than 1.5 billion electronic documents in circulation.
We can’t afford to lose that.
What we need to do now is work with our elected officials, our industry partners, and others to help