One of the pre-requisites for e-filing is Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)
The Ministry of Company Affairs (MCA), Govt. of India
, is going live with its flagship e-governance project – MCA-21
. This project is set to completely change the way companies and individuals interact with the Ministry. With the launch of MCA-21
, e-filing and e-governance is the buzzword. This project will make it possible for Company Directors, Professionals, Financial Institutions and other Authorized Signatories to do e-filing with the MCA, using a secure mode of communication. (Complete details are available at www.dca.nic.in
). Over a short period of time, the MCA envisages completely doing away with all paper-based interactions and moving completely to the online medium.
has entered into direct partnership with SafeScrypt
, a Licensed Certifying Authority to provide Digital Signature Certificates
and is an affiliate of VeriSign
. The SafeScrypt of services are brought to you by Sify communications, a subsidiary of Sify (Nasdaq: SIFY), India’s largest internet and e-commerce services provider.
MCA21 project by Ministry of Company Affairs (MCA), Govt. of India will facilitate all statutory compliances including incorporation of company and transactions that follow; through a secure electronic mode from the comfort of your home or office, over the Internet.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What are digital certificates?
Digital certificates are the digital equivalent (i.e. electronic format) of physical or paper certificates. Examples of physical certificates are driver’s licenses, passports or membership cards. Certificates serve as identity of an individual for a certain purpose, e.g. a driver’s license identifies someone who can legally drive. Likewise, a digital certificate can be presented electronically to prove your identity or your right to access information or services on the Internet.
Why should I trust a digital certificate’s contents?
The same reason you trust what is stated in a driver’s license: endorsement by the relevant authority (Department of Transport) in the form of a difficult to forge signature or stamp of approval. Digital certificates are endorsed in a similar manner by a trusted authority empowered by law to issue them, appropriately known as the Certifying Authority or CA. The CA is responsible for vetting all applications for digital certificates, and once satisfied, “stamps” it’s difficult to forge digital signature on all the digital certificates it issues, attesting to their validity.
What can I use digital certificates for?
Three uses are outlined here. Your digital certificate could be used to allow you to access membership-based web sites automatically without entering a user name and password. It can allow others to verify your “signed” e-mail or other electronic documents, assuring your intended reader(s) that you are the genuine author of the documents, and that the content has not been corrupted or tampered with in any way. Finally, digital certificates enables others to send private messages to you: anyone else who gets his/her hands on a message meant for you will not be able to read it.
How important is the use of digital certificates to me?
Digital certificates and the CA are just two elements of the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), an overall Internet security system. Once the PKI is operational, everyone who has a digital certificate can be traced and held accountable for their actions. Consequently, uses for the Internet, which could not be fully realized before, will finally take off: electronic banking and commerce (funds transfer, buying and paying on-line), on-line transactions with government agencies (applying for and renewing ICs, licenses, paying fines and bills), and on-line transactions between businesses. The day when the only way to do some of these transactions is through the Internet may not be too far off. Everyone who wants to be part of it will need digital certificates.
What exactly is a digital signature?
Just as a handwritten signature is affixed to a printed letter for verification that the letter originated from its purported sender, digital signature performs the same task for an electronic message. A digital signature is an encrypted version of a message digest, attached together with a message.
A secure digital signature system consists of two parts:
What are the functions of a digital certificate?
- A method of signing a document such that forgery is detected, and
- A method of verifying that a signature was actually generated by whomever it represents
Typically certificates are used to generate confidence in the legitimacy of a public key. In addition to verifying a signature, verifying the signer’s certificate increase the confidence of the receiver in ensuring that attempted forgery or impersonation has not occurred.