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Surety Introduces Industry's First Program to Guarantee the Legal Defensibility of Electronic Record Integrity and Authenticity

Guarantee Assures that Electronic Records and Files "Sealed" by Surety’s AbsoluteProof Service will Withstand Legal Scrutiny

Reston, VA – November 4, 2009 -- Surety, LLC, the leading provider of data integrity protection solutions, announced today its Legal Defensibility Guarantee, the first of its kind in the industry designed to give its customers assurance and peace of mind that their electronic records, documents and other digital content, “sealed” using the company’s AbsoluteProof service, can withstand the most rigorous data authenticity and ownership challenges in litigation.

AbsoluteProof is a third-party digital timestamp solution that utilizes a patented, trusted timestamp methodology to digitally “seal” electronic records and files, enabling customers to protect the integrity and independently and irrefutably prove the authenticity of their electronic records throughout their chain of custody.

Under the terms of its Legal Defensibility Guarantee, Surety will assure its customers that:

  • files properly sealed by Surety’s AbsoluteProof trusted timestamping service can be demonstrated to have existed in their intended state, at the moment they were sealed, and have not been changed since;
  • Surety’s time stamps cannot be forged;
  • Surety’s time stamps can be independently proven accurate;
  • Surety’s time stamps last the lifetime of the record to which they are linked; and
  • Surety’s time stamps cannot be invalidated or compromised.

“As evidenced in cases such as Lorraine v. Markel American Insurance Co. in 2007, courts have been quite clear about the need to authenticate electronic evidence by the most rigorous standards available,” explained Tom Klaff, CEO of Surety, LLC. “Our Legal Defensibility Guarantee provides a level of assurance to our customers – and to their legal counsel – that the integrity of their critical content and electronic records is not only secure, but will meet the court’s expectation for authenticity.”

Available immediately to new and pre-existing customers, Surety’s Legal Defensibility Guarantee program provides customers with access to sworn affidavits, expert witness services and a money-back guarantee should a federal or state court in the United States render a final and non-appealable decision that Surety has not been able to satisfy any of the items promised in the Legal Defensibility Guarantee.

“Many of our customers, particularly those in the life sciences and biotechnology industries, view their intellectual property as the ‘lifeblood’ of their organization, and this legal defensibility guarantee is just what they have been demanding for proof of ownership in the long term,” added Klaff.

As part of the Legal Defensibility Guarantee, Surety has partnered with a leading global litigation support firm, as well as independent cryptographic experts, to deliver sworn affidavits and expert-witness testimony on the soundness of Surety’s underlying technology, confirming that content sealed by the AbsoluteProof service is authentic and has not been tampered with or compromised since it was sealed.

For more information about Surety’s Legal Defensibility Guarantee program, visit For more information about Surety, visit

About Surety, LLC

Founded in 1994 by leading Bellcore Scientists, Surety is recognized as a premiere third-party trusted timestamping authority. With millions of electronic records and files worldwide protected under its authenticity seal, the company's flagship service offering AbsoluteProof® enables organizations to meet the legal, fiduciary and regulatory responsibilities associated with creating, managing and archiving electronic records, files and data by providing legally defensible evidence of data integrity and authenticity. AbsoluteProof ensures against content or record tampering by providing a “digital wax seal” for all types of electronically stored content. The company's client base is made up of life sciences and biotechnology research laboratories, legal and financial services firms, , healthcare organizations, managed services providers and copyright protection agencies that are ensuring record integrity and authenticity with AbsoluteProof. For more information, visit

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