A Feeling of Security in the ‘Digital 21st Century’
Equating the sense of security government and corporate employees have with paper currency in their wallets with digital documents in their daily use
The Sense of Security One Feels (Literally!) When Utilizing Paper Currency
As the ‘pace of change’ increases as we move deeper into the 21st century, our sense of comfort decreases as we move further away from well-known processes – such as making purchases with paper currency – that we utilized so confidently during the 20th century.
This is not to say that new ‘means’ for making purchases – such as with a ‘smartphone’ – makes us less comfortable because their use for this purpose is difficult, since it’s not. What is difficult to understand in the 21st century is the nature of the process of using a smartphone to purchase a good or service – such as a cup of coffee. (And – don’t think about this! – what will happen if one should lose their smartphone after making any purchase? An uncomfortable thought, and one best not to dwell upon.)
During the 20th century, a prevalent ‘means’ for paying for a good or service was often the use of paper currency to make a purchase (such as for a cup of coffee: one often used a small-denomination form of paper currency to make this payment). This process was so simple to understand that a child could use it, with the confidence the process was well understood by both buyer and seller – even if the buyer was a child.
And yet the paper currency so prevalently utilized during the 20th century (and into the 21st century) is not simple itself, as this ‘paper document’ incorporates ‘means’ by which it can be readily authenticated. For example, the following security features of a U.S.A. $20 denomination include the following: microprinting; raised printing; paper; color; serial numbers; and more (unique security features can be found on the following U.S.A. paper currency denominations: $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100).
Why are such elaborate security ‘means’ incorporated into paper documents – such as the U.S.A.’s $20 denomination? Simply put, to instill confidence in users of paper currency the denominations utilized are authentic (which is to say they have not been fraudulently altered, a euphemism for hacked. (As the focus of this article is digital documents in the 21st century, it will not discuss digital currency, such as Bitcoin.)
But as the use of paper documents in the 21st century – such as letters, agreements, invoices, contracts, press releases, articles and the like – increasingly are utilized in digital form, the opportunity to fraudulently alter such common government entity and corporate documents increases, as security features built into paper currency are not similarly available for government entity and corporate documents. Until now!
Software companies producing document security and/or digital rights management (DRM) software products include: Adobe (e.g., Adobe Acrobat DC); Altavion, Inc. (e.g., NexStamp Server); FileOpen Systems (e.g., FileOpen DRM); Kaspersky (e.g., Kaspersky™ Security Software); and, Vitrium (e.g., Vitrium Security Standard Edition). However, as this article looks more broadly at all forms of ‘digital documents in the 21st century,’ it should be noted the concept of embedding elaborate security ‘means’ – as done with different currency denominations – can now be done with different kinds of digital documents, as well.
The Sense of Security One Feels When Utilizing Digital Document Fraud Detection
Just as millions of people quickly learned to value the sense of comfort one felt while using paper currency to facilitate transactions in the 20th century, employees of government entities and corporations worldwide are beginning to equate the sense of security one feels when utilizing immediate-verification, digital document fraud detection software solutions for the increasingly global, ‘digital’ 21st century.
The concept of embedding elaborate security ‘means’ — as is done with different global currency denominations
— can now be done with different kinds of digital documents.