Configure Digital Signatures in SAP Solution Manager
- by Anurag Barua, Independent SAP Advisor
- May 27, 2009
Learn the essentials of digital signature configuration in this overview and basic guide to digital signature setup in SAP Solution Manager.
A digital signature is an electronic signature that is part of a document header. It enables users to transmit digital documents and official signatures without physically signing the document. The digital signature includes information such as the signer’s first and last names, the time at which the document was signed, and other technical information per the public key infrastructure (PKI) framework. When a digital signature uses encryption, the signature credentials are transmitted in an encrypted manner and can be verified by the receiver for authenticity. Similarly, the author of the signature cannot refute the authenticity of his or her digital signature.
Given the advantages of using digital signatures and the growing trend of performing more and more transactions electronically, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that SAP has provided digital signature capability in some shape or form since some of its earlier releases. SAP NetWeaver provides a framework for encrypting and transmitting digital signatures. Today, several SAP applications and components, including SAP Solution Manager, provide the ability to use this technology.
I’ll review the main steps for configuring secure digital signatures in SAP Solution Manager. Before you begin, it’s essential to know that a digital signature is an artifact with legal implications. Digital signatures can be configured to use cryptography and are transmitted through electronic media (e.g., email or fax messages). Using public-private key pair functionality, which I explain later in this article, the document’s recipient can verify that the digital signature is indeed that of the person sending the document.
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