SSL Internet Security News -- December 5, 2016

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New gTLDs and their impact on your SSL Certificates White Paper

Learn how new Top-Level Domains and CA/B Forum baseline requirements may affect your SSL Certificates.
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DigiCert and the Wikimedia Foundation Partner in Security Case Study

The Wikimedia Foundation partners with DigiCert for strong securtiy and streamlined management using Enterprise Managed PKI Services
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DigiCert CertCentral® Selected as 2017 SC Awards Finalist for Best SME Security Solution

LEHI, UTAH (November 29, 2016) — DigiCert today announced that its digital certificate management platform, CertCentral, has been recognized as a 2017 SC Awards finalist for Best SME Security Solution. Winners will be announced in San Francisco this February.

"DigiCert CertCentral uses smart automation to address the challenges that organizations face in managing large volumes of digital certificates," said DigiCert CSO Jason Sabin. "Today, more than ever before, organizations of all sizes need to use cryptography to secure their Internet-connected deployments with reliable identity assurance, device and user authentication, and data encryption. We're honored by this recognition of CertCentral, part of our customer-centric approach to providing scalable solutions that meet evolving security needs."

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Versasec, DigiCert Establish Formal Working Relationship

NEW YORK and LEHI, UT (November 16, 2016) — Versasec, the leader in smart card management systems, and DigiCert, a global leader in trusted identity and authentication services for enterprise web and Internet of Things (IoT) security, today announced their formalized working relationship that will benefit the security needs of customers and prospects in industries including government and healthcare.

"Emerging technologies have the opportunity to improve our lives with enhanced connectivity, but they also can be exploited by attackers if industries do not work together to provide authentication and to secure connections.” said DigiCert CTO Dan Timpson. “Our work with Versasec allows us to enhance our security solutions with a focus on scalable authentication, encryption and digital signing for our joint customers and across all industries."

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DigiCert to Support New WInnForum Group Outlining Certificate Authority Accreditation Issuance Requirements and Procedures in CBRS Band

Washington, DC (November 10, 2016) — The Wireless Innovation Forum (WInnForum) today announced a new Spectrum Sharing Committee (SSC) task group formed to operationalize the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) as described in the Communications Security Technical Specification (WINNF-15-S-0065 v1.0.0). DigiCert will lead the effort.

Work items in the new Certificate Authority (CA) Accreditation group under development include a certificate practice policy governing the issuance of certificates by Certificate Authorities (CAs), including detailed requirements on specific validation procedures, as well as a set of requirements on CAs wishing to operate a CBRS PKI Root of Trust.

"Securing connected devices from manufacturing to end-of-life is incredibly important given the length of time that these devices are actively deployed in many places such as our homes, cars, offices, cities, industrial centers, and hospitals," said DigiCert Product Manager Clint Wilson. "PKI provides a scalable solution for securing connected devices and their communication channels with authentication, encryption and digital signing. As we’ve done with other emerging technologies, DigiCert is excited to offer our support to WInnForum to help create community-defined standards that advance security best practices."

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DigiCert Announces Hiring of Mike Johnson as General Counsel and Mark Packham as VP of Marketing

LEHI, UT (October 6, 2016) — DigiCert today announced the hiring of Mike Johnson as its General Counsel and Mark Packham as Vice President of Marketing.

"We're excited to welcome both Mike and Mark to our executive team," said DigiCert CEO John Merrill. "Mike has a strong expertise in software licensing and IP protection. DigiCert's rapid growth will benefit by leaving legal affairs in his capable hands. Mark is an excellent creative mind and strategist and has demonstrated strong problem-solving skills that will strengthen our efforts to enhance our brand within the online security and Internet of Things markets."

"I'm excited to join DigiCert and work alongside its visionary leadership team to help the company continue to innovate and grow," said Johnson. "I look forward to doing my part to add to DigiCert's already strong market position."

"DigiCert is a great company with an excellent business model that is focused on innovation, leadership and strong customer service," said Packham. "I'm excited for this opportunity to bring my many years of experience and strategy to help DigiCert's marketing team continue its great work of building DigiCert's brand and enhancing awareness of its offerings.”"

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DigiCert Leads By Integrating Certificate Issuance with Microsoft Azure Key Vault

LEHI, UT (September 27, 2016) — DigiCert today announced a full integration with Microsoft Azure Key Vault. Azure clients can now issue high volumes of DigiCert SSL/TLS certificates directly through their Azure platform, where their private keys are stored with encryption at rest, while supporting automatic renewal of certificates before expiry.

"DigiCert is focused on working with leading platform providers like Microsoft Azure to assist developers in streamlining their efforts to ensure data is safe in the cloud," said DigiCert CTO Dan Timpson. "By integrating our TLS certificate issuance processes with Azure Key Vault we can simplify certificate management and improve private key security."

"Microsoft Azure Key Vault benefits developers by providing the security tools they need to encrypt data and provide trusted connections," said Nicole Herskowitz, senior director of product marketing, Microsoft Azure. "We are pleased to see that DigiCert's integration with Azure Key Vault benefits our mutual customers with enhanced security."

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DigiCert Names VP of Operations Flavio Martins as COO

LEHI, UT (September 15, 2016) — DigiCert today announced the promotion of VP of Operations Flavio Martins to Chief Operating Officer (COO).

"For nearly a decade, Flavio has played an instrumental role in DigiCert's ascension as a global leader in its market and a customer-centric organization," said DigiCert CEO John Merrill. "His strong understanding of our business fundamentals and our customer's needs are critical in helping us reach our goals for continued growth within existing and emerging markets."

"I'm excited for the opportunity to work alongside John, our amazing executive team and our wonderful staff to help propel DigiCert's continued growth and influence," said Martins. "I look forward to coming to work every day, because of the culture that we have: one that values our people and the contributions they can make to help our customers succeed."

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Device Authority and DigiCert Announce Partnership to Provide Enhanced Device Provisioning and Credential Management for IoT

LONDON, UK, FREMONT, CALIF. and LEHI, UTAH (September 7, 2016) — Device Authority, a global leader in policy and device-driven security for the Internet of Things (IoT) and Gartner Cool Vendor 2016, has today announced a strategic partnership with DigiCert, a leading global provider of trusted identity and authentication solutions, to provide enhanced device provisioning and credential management for the IoT. The partnership helps expand and enable the range and type of IoT devices that can be secured with encryption, authentication and credential management.

"We're pleased to partner with Device Authority to align our complementary solutions in a way that provides additional value to our customers," said DigiCert CTO Dan Timpson. "Through this partnership, we will be able to enhance our current IoT device authentication, encryption and message integrity solutions and extend the appropriate level of PKI to more devices with limited compute power."

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DigiCert Names COO John Merrill as its CEO

LEHI, UT (September 1, 2016) — DigiCert today named John Merrill as its new CEO. Merrill has been serving as the company's COO since Aug. 2013. Merrill takes over for former CEO, Nicholas Hales, who will step back from day-to-day operations and will continue to advise the company on strategic projects.

"I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to lead this great company," said Merrill. "I look forward to building upon the DigiCert legacy of innovation, customer focus, and industry leadership. We will continue pursuing an aggressive growth strategy as a global leader in web security and the Internet of Things."

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DigiCert Named to Inc. 500/5000 List for Sixth Straight Year

LEHI, UT (August 17, 2016) — DigiCert has been named to the Inc. 500/5000 list of America's fastest-growing private companies for the sixth straight year.

"We are thrilled to again be recognized among the fastest-growing American-based private companies, as we continue to expand our reach and influence as the world's leading provider of high-assurance digital certificates for enterprise security, the Internet of Things and other emerging markets," said DigiCert CEO Nicholas Hales. "The rapidly growing connectivity of our global economy requires scalable, flexible, yet proven solutions to provide trusted authentication, encryption and message signing. DigiCert provides these to companies of all sizes and across all industries in a reliable, customer-friendly way that belies our expertise."

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DigiCert Honored for Leadership in Online Security, Privacy

LEHI, UT (June 14, 2016) — DigiCert has been named to the 2016 Online Trust Alliance (OTA) Honor Roll, marking the fifth consecutive year the company has been recognized for its leadership in online security and privacy.

Each year, the Honor Roll audits the top online retailers, FDIC banks, consumer services, media/news outlets and U.S. federal government sites to determine adoption of online security and privacy best practices. For its part, DigiCert not only advocates high standards for SSL/TLS authentication and encryption but also follows strict security practices for its own systems.

"Connected devices and systems are expanding rapidly, but too many times they fail to implement proper authentication, encryption and messaging signing to ensure trust and integrity of data," said DigiCert CSO Jason Sabin. "The OTA Honor Roll is an important annual benchmark to help companies measure up to the high standards that are required for a safe web and economy. It also aids consumers by giving them insight into the organizations that most value their security and privacy. DigiCert is honored to be recognized for our efforts to uphold the highest standards in data and system protection and to support OTA's efforts to raise the bar for all industries."

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DigiCert CEO Nicholas Hales Wins 2016 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award For Utah Region

LEHI, UT (June 6, 2016) — Today EY announced that DigiCert CEO Nicholas Hales has received the prestigious 2016 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in the Services category in the Utah region. Hales, who was presented with the award at a special gala event at Salt Lake City's Grand America Hotel on June 4, was selected by an independent panel of judges. The awards program is celebrating its 30th year recognizing innovative business leaders.

"I'm humbled and honored to receive this award as a recognition of the numerous contributions of our management team, our employees, our board and their families, who truly make DigiCert succeed," said Hales. "Receiving this award further strengthens DigiCert's resolve to demonstrate continued innovation, excellent customer experience and industry leadership as we strive to raise the bar for information security practices in our increasingly connected economy."

As a Utah Region award winner, Hales now is eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 19, 2016.

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DigiCert's Industry-Leading Fast OCSP Response Times Bridge Gap Between Performance and Security for IoT, Web-based Deployments

LEHI, UT (May 19, 2016) — DigiCert continues to invest in the industry's fastest OCSP response times that help organizations using its certificates bridge the gap between performance and security. This translates to more secure Internet of Things (IoT) and web deployments, enabling fast page and application load times with reliable certificate verification. Recent reports from Netcraft show that DigiCert OCSP response times are up to eight times faster than the average response across the CA industry.

"Digital certificates are growing in use as a critical backbone to ensuring web user privacy and security by authenticating websites, smart devices and IoT deployments, and encrypting data in transit," said DigiCert CSO Jason Sabin. "The need for speedy but secure deployments increases as businesses look to grow their consumer base via mobile and IoT deployments. Fast OCSP served over the edge helps to meet consumer expectations of nearly instantaneous page loads while providing essential security."

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DigiCert CertCentral® Awarded Best New Security Product

LEHI, UT (May 4, 2016) — DigiCert CertCentral®, a comprehensive digital certificate management platform, has again been named an award winner for Best New Security Product, this time by the American Business Awards. Stevie® Award winners will be recognized at a special event June 20 in New York City.

"We're honored to receive additional independent recognition of the feature-rich and value-enhanced capability of CertCentral to benefit enterprises in their certificate management efforts," said DigiCert CSO Jason Sabin. "CertCentral is designed to help enterprise security teams by simplifying their processes and driving efficiencies through automation. We built this product in consultation with many leading enterprise security executives, and we continue to make improvements based upon real business needs."

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DigiCert CEO Nicholas Hales Named 2016 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® Utah Region Finalist

LEHI, UT (April 19, 2016 ) — EY announced that DigiCert CEO Nicholas Hales is a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year® 2016 Award in the Utah region. The awards program, which is celebrating its 30th year, recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Hales was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 4, 2016 at The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City.

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DigiCert CertCentral® Wins Top Award for Best IoT Security Solution

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (March 3, 2016 ) — DigiCert CertCentral®, a comprehensive digital certificate management platform, has been awarded as the Best Internet of Things (IoT) Security Product at the 12th annual Global Excellence Awards. DigiCert, a global SSL Certification Authority (CA) and the leading provider of trusted certificate management solutions, received its award in San Francisco, where the world's top information security experts have gathered for the annual RSA conference.

"The IoT introduces new challenges for securing information at-scale and requires adaptive digital certificate deployment strategies," said DigiCert CSO Jason Sabin. "CertCentral, together with our responsive APIs and flexible architecture, helps simplify companies' efforts to authenticate IoT devices and encrypt data".

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DigiCert Hires Michael Olson as Chief Financial Officer

LEHI, UT (February 16, 2016 ) — DigiCert today announced the hiring of Michael Olson as its chief financial officer (CFO). Named 2010 CFO of the Year by Utah Business magazine, Olson has guided fast-growing technology companies over the past two decades in accelerating growth and providing enhanced return for investors. At DigiCert, Olson will oversee accounting, finance and human resources functions. He will immediately review financial and operational processes to drive business efficiencies and support growth opportunities for the company.

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In the News


We need cooperation to secure the Internet of Things

CS Monitor, 2 November 2016
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Dyn DDoS May Just be the Beginning!

ReadITQuik, 2 November 2016
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Cisco Proves EST Interoperability with DigiCert

Cisco Blogs, 17 October 2016
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Securing streaming media provides roadmap for IoT

Tech Target, 17 October 2016
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PKI: The Security Solution for the IoT

Elektor Business Magazine, 23 August 2016
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Securing Medical Devices – A Policy, not a Technical, Challenge

Medical Design Technology, 26 July 2016
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DigiCert CEO Nick Hales Named EY 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year

Utah Business, 13 July 2016
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DigiCert honored for leadership
in online security

Daily Herald, 16 June 2016
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Securing the Internet of Vulnerable Things

The New Stack,4 April 2016
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