SSL Internet Security News -- May 24, 2013
DigiCert Named Best SSL Value by Frost & Sullivan
Global analyst group says DigiCert positioned for continued growth in SSL certificate market
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - January 26, 2012 - Frost & Sullivan global analyst group recognizes DigiCert with 2011 Customer Value Enhancement Award, citing the company's cost-effective, best-in-class SSL certificates.
Photo Verification for Your Online Business
ClickID seals promote trust through photo verification.
LINDON, UT (January 23, 2012) — DigiCert prides itself in offering security that our customers can trust. ClickID trust seals are the latest offering in our online security solutions to help bring confidence to your website visitors. read more....
Travis Tidball Named Marketing Professional of the Year
DigiCert's VP of Marketing receives 2012 SAMY award
LINDON, UT (January 9, 2012) — DigiCert, Inc., an online security provider for many of the most recognized brands and web sites in the world, is pleased to announce that Vice President of Marketing Travis Tidball has been named a 2012 Sales and Marketer of the Year (SAMY) award winner by Utah Business magazine. read more....
DigiCert Recognized as one of the 2011 Best Companies to Work For
Utah Business Magazine recognizes DigiCert as one of Utah's Best Companies
LINDON, UT (December 22, 2011) — DigiCert, Inc., an online security provider for many of the most recognized brands and web sites in the world, has been named as one of Utah’s Best Companies to Work For by Utah Business magazine. This marks the ninth award that DigiCert has received in 2011.
Companies that participate in the Best Companies to Work For program undergo a rigorous examination of several workplace areas, including corporate culture, benefits and pay, fairness and opportunities, internal communication, and employee pride. read more....
Using DigiCert & ClickID Seals to Improve Conversion
Photo Verification Seals Increase User Trust
LINDON, UT (December 15, 2011) — DigiCert recently released the ClickID trust seal, which offers identity authentication and photo verification in a site seal that companies can include on their website. The photo verification feature is patent pending feature unique to ClickID seals.
In one example, a customer was able to significantly decrease bounces and increase conversion after implementing the ClickID trust seal together with the DigiCert site seal throughout their online education store's checkout process. read more....
New ClickID Trust Seals Available in Public Beta
New Authentication Product from DigiCert
LINDON, UT (November 17, 2011) — ClickID trust seals give online users more confidence when they interact with your site. The ClickID trust seal helps increase site traffic and conversion through identify verification and increased consumer trust.
DigiCert, Inc. Of No Relation to Recent "Digi" Insecure Certificates
DigiCert Inc Of No Relation to Malaysian CA
LINDON, UT (November 1, 2011) — The latest SSL news is centered around 512-bit certificates and hackers who were able to exploit those certificates, issued to a Malaysian-based Certification Authority, presumably by reverse engineering the insecure 512-bit keys. To resolve the problem, the Certificate Authority's own roots will be revoked on or before Tuesday, November 8th.
While DigiCert is happy to be able to say that we have not been impacted by this issue, we feel the need to clarify the issue due to a similarity between our company name and the name of the impacted certification authority, Malaysian-based CA, DigiCert Sdn Bhd. read more...
DigiCert Receives Awards For Workplace Flexibility
DigiCert Recognized for Workplace Excellence
LINDON, UT (October 24, 2011) — We are happy to announce receiving several awards, including the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 award, the Utah 100 award, and the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility award. Earlier this year, DigiCert received an Inc 500|5000 ranking, a Utah Best of State award, and a UV50 Fastest-Growing Companies award.
Keeping the Security of Encryption Ahead of the Hackers
Advanced Encryption Standards Keep SSL/TLS Security Ahead of Recent Attack Methodologies
LINDON, UT (September 20, 2011) – The SSL and TLS security standards have been updated many times since the foundations of SSL, dating back to 1995 with SSL 1.0.
The standards of SSL 3.0, or subsequent TLS 1.0 implementations, are today dramatically stronger than their early counterparts, and have often been designed specifically to protect against particular weaknesses discovered in their predecessors. All DigiCert certificates are SSL/TLS compatible through TLS 1.1 and 1.2 (advanced cyber suite implementations not yet commonly used).
Recent announcements point towards a need to switch towards a TLS 1.1 or 1.2 standard in the near future.
Because compatibility with TLS 1.1/1.2 lies in the hands of the programs and devices that utilize certificates (web browsers, mobile devices, etc.), DigiCert is currently in communication with these organizations to ensure that the most advanced encryption standards are in place to help secure web users against potential threats.
Recent News in Attempted Certificate Authority Breaches
Hackers Target Globally Trusted Certificate Authorities.
LINDON, UT (September 15, 2011) – Much of the focus in SSL news lately has been on a series of high profile hack attempts perpetrated against CAs, large and small, all around the world. In at least one case, the hackers were able to issue fraudulent certificates to high profile organizations such as Google and Facebook.
Fortunately, the breach was discovered and the breached roots removed from browser trust stores. No evidence or claims have been presented to date to indicate that DigiCert was a victim of intrusion.
Despite this, we want to assure our customers that absolutely every possible precaution is being taken to ensure that our systems are ever more secure, with both internal and external reviews being conducted of both our systems and our issuance mechanism to guarantee both that an unknown breach did not occur and that such a hack would not be successful if attempted. We are aware that all major CAs are conducting similar investigations.
At DigiCert, we will continue to follow and implement new procedures for enhanced security to help protect our customers and the greater internet community as a whole. System security and redundancies as well as administrator-based protections are part of the infrastructure framework that has helped us protect against breaches up to this point, and we are always in the process of changing and updating our systems to stay ahead of potential security problems.
To learn more about threats to the SSL trust system, including users and Certificate Authorities, see our page on protecting against fraudulent SSL certificates.
DigiCert Now Partners with Dyn
DigiCert and Dynamic Network Services, Inc. (Dyn) have joined forces to increase Internet security.
LINDON, UT (September 7, 2011) – DigiCert will now be providing SSL certificates and support for Dyn customers. Dyn is an Internet-as-a-Service (IaaS) leader specializing in DNS and email delivery. Existing Dyn customers will have their SSL certificates transferred to DigiCert when it comes time to renew but they have immediate access to the DigiCert support team for SSL-related questions, effective immediately.
DigiCert Recognized in Inc 500/5000
DigiCert Listed in Latest Release of the Inc 500/5000 Rankings
LINDON, UT (August 30, 2011) — On July 14–15, DigiCert, Inc., a leading provider of SSL certificates, today announced it has been recognized by Inc. magazine’s annual Inc 500|5000 ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. DigiCert ranks no. 639 on the list with a 3-year sales growth of 503 percent.
“We are pleased that DigiCert is receiving national recognition from the Inc. 500|5000 list,” said Ken Bretschneider, DigiCert CEO. “Ranking 639 out of 5000 of America’s fastest-growing private companies is a tremendous achievement that we attribute to our straight-forward mission of customer dedication.”
DigiCert Hosts Annual TAGPMA Meeting
DigiCert hosted The Americas Grid Policy Management Authority (TAGPMA) for their 13th Face-to-Face Meeting at the DigiCert corporate offices in Lindon, UT.
July 28, 2011 – During July 14–15, DigiCert strengthened authentication ties by hosting TAGPMA, the accreditation body responsible for grid authentication systems and authorities in the Americas. TAGPMA met for their annual meeting to elect officers, review membership status, and receive reports from other PMA bodies about accreditations in their respective regions.
TAGPMA's mission is to help deploy grid systems around the world by working with other regional PMA's and defining authentication profiles and minimum requirements for these systems. DigiCert was honored to host this event and help TAGPMA continue their work.
Protect Yourself Against TLS Renegotiation
Secure Systems Prevent SSL/TLS Renego Attacks by Installing the Latest Security Updates
May 26, 2011 – During the TLS/SSL handshake a client and server seek to establish the necessary encryption parameters so that a secure connection can be made. This can allow unsecured systems to initiate a renegotiation of encryption parameters. Secure your systems to eliminate this security loophole.
Ryan Woodley is Appointed as New DigiCert CFO
DigiCert is Happy to Announce the Arrival of our Newly Appointed Chief Financial Officer
May 26, 2011 – Woodley comes to DigiCert with a breadth of experience. He has previously held management positions at Monitor Group, Authorize.net, and Google. Woodley is the latest addition to the expansion of DigiCert's executive team.
New Code Signing Video and Support Content
DigiCert Code Signing Content Updated to Provide the Best Resources to Our Customers
May 24, 2011 – In our ongoing effort to always provide our customers with the very best resources towards helping them know which products are right for them and what to do with their certificates once they have been obtained, we are happy to let our code signing certificate customers know that our code signing section has been expanded and updated with new resources and content.
DigiCert Wins Prestigious Award for Best Technology Company in State
DigiCert is Happy to Announce Being Awarded the Best of State Award for 2011
May 11, 2011 – DigiCert was chosen to receive this award for best technology company in the state of Utah.
The Best of State Awards recognize outstanding individuals, organizations, and businesses in Utah. An independent panel of judges with category-specific credentials determines winners by evaluating the achievement in the field of endeavor, innovation and creativity, and contribution to the quality of life in Utah.
Women in International Business Seminar to Feature Brenda Homer
DigiCert's CFO, Brenda Homer, will speak at the Northern European session of a seminar co-hosted by the Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development and Ballad Spahr, LLC.
May 2, 2011 – Next week on May 10, Brenda Homer, CFO at DigiCert, will speak at the third annual Women in International Business Seminar during the Northern European session of the conference.
The conference is focused on women who are engaged in European transactions and discussions will cover topics such as the value of international networking, vendors and business partners in Europe, and how to transform cultural challenges into opportunities for success.
Comodo Registrant Authority Breached
Recent Attack Shows Weaknesses in Operations, Not SSL
April 25, 2011 – Just last month a hacker was able to compromise a publicly trusted Certificate Authority through an affiliate given the ability to perform their own validation for SSL certificate issuance.
DigiCert looks at the secure features of SSL that protect users against threats in conjunction with secure practices on the part of the issuing party.
Brenda Homer Earns CFO of the Year Award from the UTC
DigiCert's CFO, Brenda Homer, has won the Utah Technology Council (UTC) award for Outstanding CFO of the Year
March 31, 2011 – At today's Annual Members' Meeting for the UTC, DigiCert CFO, Brenda Homer, was recognized as Outstanding CFO of the Year.
As one of the chairs for the UTC's CFO Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Forum and an avid supporter of the UTC, Homer earns the award for her extraordinary leadership, outreach, and talent through involvement with their organization.
DigiCert Ranks Among Utah Valley's Fastest-Growing Companies for Third Year Running
DigiCert Places as One of the Fastest-Growing Companies in Utah Valley by Utah Valley BusinessQ Magazine
March 31, 2011 – For the third year in a row, DigiCert has been ranked as one of Utah Valley's Fastest-Growing Companies according to Utah Valley BusinessQ Magazine's annual UV50 awards.
DigiCert is honored to be among so many companies that have also enjoyed great success and growth in the past year.
DigiCert Now Offers Code Signing Certificates
Our Code Signing Certificate Program is Fresh out of Beta
February 24, 2011 - Today DigiCert is happy to announce that our code signing certificate program is no longer available to beta-customers only, but has been released officially.
Customers who need full-service code signing certificates should check them out our code signing certificate press release.
Request Duplicate Certificates Through Managed PKI
DigiCert Managed Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Customers Can Now Request Duplicate Certificates Through Their Account
January 18, 2011 - Managed PKI customers who need to install SSL certificates on multiple servers can now request duplicate certificates from their account interface.
To request a duplicate certificate, simply select the certificate to duplicate, click the "Duplicate" button under the Actions tab, and then paste in your CSR. The request will then go through the normal approval process.
New Three-for-One Extended Validation SSL Certificates
EV Buyers Can Now Get Up to 3 EV Certs for the Price of One
January 12, 2011 - EV certificates are the best, most secure product offering available anywhere on the market, period.
By allowing customers to get multiple certificates for the price of one, DigiCert is hoping to make this higher standard more accessible to companies of all sizes and in more locations than ever before. EV SSL is the new standard for web security and DigiCert now offers an EV SSL package for single domains.
DigiCert Announces New Managed PKI Features
DigiCert's Offers New Features for Managed Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Customers
December 16, 2010 - Two new features are now available for DigiCert Managed PKI customers: additional user types and Request Approval Rules.
Managed PKI customers can now assign Finance or Unit Administrator users to those utilizing the system. Finance users have access to the financial account management functions while Unit Administrators serve as administrators for their specific Business Unit who can approve certificate requests for that unit.
DigiCert Offers EV Wildcard Alternative
DigiCert's New Extended Validation (EV) Wildcard Alternative Empowers Organizations to Secure Their Entire Domain with EV SSL at Low Cost
December 15, 2010 - With DigiCert's EV Wildcard alternative, organizations can secure their whole domain with a package of 3, 10, or 25 EV SSL certificates that function similar to a traditional wildcard certificate.
The EV Wildcard alternative is available in 1- or 2-year terms and is the most affordable option available to secure your domain with EV SSL. All of the certificates in the package are issued to the same base domain and share the same expiration date, allowing server administrators to install EV SSL certificates across their domain where needed.
DigiCert Releases New EV Upgrade Packages for All SSL Certificates
DigiCert's SSL Certificates Can Now be Upgraded to Extended Validation (EV) SSL with Affordable Package Pricing
November 16, 2010 - EV SSL is the new standard for web security so DigiCert wants to make it affordable for those who need it. All of DigiCert's SSL certificates can now be upgraded to EV with new package pricing, making EV SSL more accessible and cost effective than any other option available today.
DigiCert SSL Certificates Encrypted with SHA-2 Hash Algorithm
DigiCert Now Issues SHA-2 SSL Certificates
October 28, 2010 - Any DigiCert SSL certificate can now be issued with the SHA-2 cryptographic hash algorithm. SHA-2 was developed by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and will be the new mandatory encryption standard for some applications beginning in 2011. Some organizations might need to upgrade to SHA-2 to keep PCI compliance or accordance with federal standards.
New customers can choose to order a SHA-2 SSL certificate during the order process and existing customers can upgrade to SHA-2 as part of the free reissue process.
DigiCert Recognized for Excellence in Customer Support
DigiCert Awarded Customer Support Award from Online Trust Alliance (OTA) and Exceeds 100 5-star reviews on SSL Shopper
October 21, 2010 - At last month's fifth annual Online Trust and Cybersecurity Forum, DigiCert was awarded the Excellence in Customer Support award from the OTA for "unwavering commitment to support and customer satisfaction, including 'hand-holding' of small businesses and direct follow-up." DigiCert also received recognition for contribution and leadership to the trust ecosystem as a Steering Committee member of the OTA.
Additionally, DigiCert recently surpassed 100 5-star reviews on SSL Shopper and is the only certificate authority to have all 5-star reviews. The DigiCert SSL support team is available by phone, chat, or email and is determined to continue to provide the best possible support and value in SSL.
DigiCert Client Certificates Soon to be Released through Managed PKI System
DigiCert's Managed Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) System Will Soon Offer Client SSL Certificates
October 5, 2010 - Client certificates will soon be available through the Managed PKI system. Managed PKI is a service offered by DigiCert that allows customers to centrally manage their SSL certificates. This system is ideal for those who require a high volume of certificates. To find out if Managed PKI is right for your organization, please visit our website or send an email to email@example.com.
DigiCert Receives 2010 Excellence in Online Trust Award from Online Trust Alliance
DigiCert Awarded Excellent in Customer Support from Online Trust Alliance
September 23, 2010 - Today, in Washington, DC, the Online Trust Alliance (OTA) announced the 2010 Excellence in Online Trust Awards winners at the fifth annual Online Trust and Cybersecurity Forum.
DigiCert received the Excellent in Customer Support award for unwavering commitment to support and customer satisfaction, including 24x7 support, "hand-holding" of small businesses, and direct follow-up. As an OTA member company, DigiCert was also recognized for leadership and contribution to the trust ecosystem. Read more...
The Value of Identity: Preventing Cyberfraud
DigiCert's Benjamin T. Wilson speaks at InfraGard Symposium
September 22, 2010 -- Benjamin T. Wilson, JD CISSP, General Counsel, and SVP of Industry Relations for DigiCert, was a guest speaker at the InfraGard Symposium, sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI. The topics in Wilson's presentation included digital certificates, the role of "identity" in cyberspace, and why establishing a trusted identity in cyberspace will help prevent cyberfraud.
DigiCert Sponsors Fifth Annual OTA Online Trust and Cybersecurity Forum
DigiCert is Proud to be a Gold Sponsor of the OTA's Forum at Georgetown University in Washington, DC
September 21, 2010 - This week, DigiCert will sponsor the Online Trust Alliance's (OTA) fifth annual Online Trust and Cybersecurity Forum being held at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.
The Forum will feature an impressive collection of cybersecurity, privacy, public policy, and marketing experts and will highlight strategies to protect brand reputation and maintain consumer trust.
DigiCert Participates in Habitat for Humanity Project
DigiCert Employees Come Together to Help in Local Habitat for Humanity Project
September 18, 2010 - DigiCert was proud to be involved with the 2010 Builders Blitz, a charity construction project put together by the Utah Valley Home Builders Association and Habitat for Humanity of Utah County. More than 30 DigiCert employees came out to assist Hatfield Homes in the build of the Springville, Utah home for the Moreland family.
DigiCert iPad Giveaway Contest
DigiCert Begins iPad Contest for Customers
September 17, 2010 - Today, DigiCert announced an iPad giveaway contest open to current customers through DigiCert's SSL page on Facebook.
DigiCert's Wildcard SSL Certificates Now Come with Revolutionary New Features
Wildcard SSL Certificates from DigiCert Use SANs to Increase Flexibility and Accessibility
September 1, 2010 - DigiCert Wildcard Plus SSL certificates now offer new features that increase compatibility, available starting today.
Using subject alternative names (SANs), DigiCert Wildcard Plus SSL certificates can now secure any subdomain, including multi-level subdomains. The base domain itself is automatically included as a SAN in every Wildcard Plus certificate, thus securing your base domain with or without the "www." Mobile devices also support SANs, which extends the reach of Wildcard Plus certificates and eliminates the need for a separate SSL certificate just for mobile devices.
DigiCert Releases Automatic SSL Certificate Verification
DigiCert Automatically Verifies SSL Certificates to Ensure Proper Operation and Security
August 24, 2010 - Every SSL certificate issued by DigiCert is now automatically checked to ensure proper function after installation is complete.
DigiCert strives to enable a safer Internet and now automatically verifies that every certificate issued, and any necessary intermediate certificates required, has been installed properly. If any problems are discovered, DigiCert directly contacts the customer with an explanation of the issue and the instructions on how to resolve the error. DigiCert has also provided a manual certificate checker tool that can be used to check the validity of any certificate, no matter whom it is issued by.
DigiCert Offers Flat-Fee Pricing for Higher Education
DigiCert Now Offers Flat-Fee Pricing Options for Higher Education Institutions
August 6, 2010 - Flat-fee pricing from DigiCert is a SSL certificate pricing option for higher education organizations offered through the Managed Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) system.
There are many benefits to DigiCert's flat-fee pricing: customized certificate pricing for each institution's specific needs covered in a one-time annual fee, access to unlimited SSL and client certificates, and streamlined certificate management through the Managed PKI interface. For customized pricing information, please visit http://www.digicert.com/education.htm or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
DigiCert Now Offers Managed PKI Service
Organizations Can Easily Manage High Volumes of SSL Certificates with DigiCert's Managed PKI System
August 3, 2010 - Managed Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) from DigiCert is a service that enables customers with a high volume of SSL certificates to take control of managing their certificates on demand.
Issuing new certificates and reissuing, replacing, or revoking existing certificates can be done instantly, without the retail certificate order wait, since both the domain and the organization are pre-validated by DigiCert. Managed PKI empowers organizations to perform key life-cycle events of certificates easily and efficiently all in one place.
DigiCert Renews WebTrust Certification
DigiCert Exceeds Criteria for WebTrust Extended Validation Certification
July 15, 2010 - DigiCert has completed the AICPA/CICA WebTrust Extended Validation Audit for 2010, validated by prestigious firm KPMG. This evaluation verifies the quality and effectiveness of DigiCert's authentication procedures to ensure confidence in online transactions.
As an independent auditing body, WebTrust has written online privacy and security standards that address consumer concerns about online data transfers. Public accounting firms, such as KPMG, that are authorized by WebTrust can complete the audit and grant certification to SSL certificate authorities whose authentication procedures comply with these standards.
DigiCert Releases Utility Tool for SSL Certificate Management
New Utility Tool Diagnoses and Repairs SSL Certificate Problems
June 29, 2010 - DigiCert's new SSL Certificate Management and Troubleshooting Tool simplifies the lives of server administrators by allowing them to manage all of the SSL certificates on a server from one central location, no matter who issued the certificate.
The utility tool makes it easy to import and export certificates, fix untrusted warning messages, create certificate backups, and test certificates for proper operation. Additionally, the tool will also help server administrators both create and install certificate files. DigiCert believes that SSL certificate management should be painless and is committed to providing this tool free of charge.
DigiCert Now Offers Managed PKI for Enterprise-Level SSL Certificate Accounts
DigiCert's Managed PKI Services Allows for Easy Management of High SSL Certificate Volumes
February 2, 2010 - Managed Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) from DigiCert is a new service that empowers organizations that require a high SSL certificate volume to easily manage their certificates from one central location.
In addition to performing key life-cycle events of certificates instantaneously, Managed PKI also provides unique administrative and accounting features that are not available for standard accounts. For more information or to request a complimentary demonstration, please visit http://www.digicert.com/mpki/explore-enterprise-ssl.htm.
DigiCert Releases Manual Certificate Installation Checker Tool
DigiCert's Newest Support Tool Verifies Certificate Installation with Ease
January 5, 2010 - Verify the installation and details of any publicly available SSL certificate with DigiCert's new certificate installation checker. Simply enter in the domain name to verify the certificate details, whether DigiCert issued the certificate or not. The free tool is available for use at http://www.digicert.com/help.
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