The Riyadh Municipality seeks within its Municipal information technology strategic plan to adopt the technology of digital signature as one of the international safety standards to secure the exchange of Municipal information among the RM various departments, directorates and sub-Municipalities. The best standard method is used to apply this technology, where the Riyadh Municipality will contract with major companies specialized in the field of electronic signature and attract the best expertise in this field. This will ensure having secured electronic messaging, from and to the portal of the Riyadh Municipality. Some of the benefits of applying digital signature are:
- Credibility: Although messages include Municipal information about their content, such Municipal information are mostly not accurate. Therefore, digital signature can authenticate the source of this message.
- Trust and Integrity: The sender or recipient of the message might need to make sure that the Municipal information has not been tampered during the transaction. Messages cannot be altered as encryption hides their content. If the message were digitally signed, any alteration would question the credibility of the signature.
- Linking Digital Signature to the Correct Date and Time: Digital signature protocols do not clearly confirm the date and time of the file signing. The site may or may not put the date stamp on the file. The file might include the date but its reader can doubt the credibility and veracity of this date.