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ComBank partners LankaClear to accept digital signatures

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The Bank recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with LankaClear as the first step towards embracing digital signatures. Commercial Bank is the first entity in Sri Lanka’s financial sector to adopt LankaSign digital signatures for document signing.

In the first phase of this development, the Bank will encourage its corporate customers to submit their online banking applications signed digitally. Acceptance of digital signatures will be extended to other banking related documents shortly, the Bank said.

Commercial Bank Managing Director S. Renganathan said, “While technology offers unparalleled convenience and advantages to financial institutions and their customers, there are security and fraud related risks. With the exponential increase in the use of electronic transactions, the need for advanced IT security infrastructure becomes critical in order to eliminate these risks. The introduction of the digital signature feature powered by LankaSign is therefore another important step in this direction.”

“Additionally, the adoption of digital signatures is an advance in convenience for our corporate customers, especially during the pandemic,” Renganathan said.

Digital signatures help businesses save on cost and time with documents and contracts signed off with a click of a button, eliminate the need for indirect costs and costs related to wet signatures, enhance workflow efficiency and provide a better customer experience.

LankaClear launched Sri Lanka’s first Digital Certification Authority under the brand name LankaSign in accordance with the Electronic Transaction Act, No.19 of 2006 in May 2009.

In its first phase Lanka Sign provided digital certificates to Banks to be used in financial transaction clearing systems, such as SLIPS and CITS. It also introduced the facility of issuing digital certificates in real-time for digitally signed and authenticated electronic documents for mobile-based payment applications.

Channa de Silva, General Manager and CEO of LankaClear said, “We applaud Commercial Bank on their progressive move towards introducing LankaSign Digital Signatures for document signing to customers. At a time when travel restrictions are in place and banks themselves operate with limited staff, we believe this initiative is timely and customer friendly.” “It will also provide much needed assurance of integrity, no repudiation and authentication for all digitally-signed documents, which is essential in safeguarding the interest of the Bank and its customers in the face of rising risk of cyber security threats.”

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