SSL Internet Security News -- September 30, 2016

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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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DigiCert CertCentral® Named Finalist for IoT Security Global Excellence Award

LEHI, UT (January 19, 2016 ) — DigiCert announced that its certificate platform CertCentral® has been named a finalist for Internet of Things (IoT) Security Product Excellence. Winners will be announced at the Info Security Products Guide’s 12th Annual Global Excellence Awards, to be held on February 29 in San Francisco, in conjunction with the start of the annual RSA security conference.

"The IoT demands smart, optimized security solutions at enormous scales, and CertCentral does this for organizations by simplifying certificate management and automating critical tasks," said DigiCert CSO Jason Sabin. "We're honored by this recognition and excited about the growing number of popular IoT platforms, manufacturers, and leading organizations that are working with us to authenticate and encrypt smart devices and systems to gain a competitive edge."

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ClearBlade and DigiCert Announce Partnership to Drive Secure, Accelerated IoT Innovation

AUSTIN, TX (December 15, 2015 ) — Today ClearBlade, the leading software platform for developing and running smart products and services, has announced a partnership with DigiCert...enabling DigiCert digital certificate management solutions in the ClearBlade Novi software platform and ecosystem. With billions of new connected devices slated to come online in just the next few years, having an automated and integrated process for enabling trust across diverse types of devices is crucial to Internet of Things investment and success. ClearBlade and DigiCert are both engineered for enabling this type of scale now, and in the future as solutions continue to scale in size and complexity, and security requirements. Already securing millions of IoT devices, DigiCert offers a market-ready solution for large-scale platforms.

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Organizations Must Value Security as a Business Priority, Not an Afterthought

LAS VEGAS, NV (November 19, 2015 ) — Security is getting better as awareness improves and organizations invest more in protecting data, but the industry needs further collaboration to improve the usability of security solutions for enterprises and end-users. That was the predominant theme that security experts told attendees at the annual DigiCert Security Summit, held in Las Vegas Nov. 12 and 13. Conference-goers gathered to discuss best practices for Internet of Things (IoT), enterprise, cloud and browser security. Discussions included the essential role of public key infrastructure (PKI) and digital certificate management in protecting the massive amounts of data traversing the Internet in the IoT market.

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Thoma Bravo Completes Acquisition of Majority Stake in DigiCert

San Francisco (October 22, 2015 ) — Thoma Bravo LLC, a leading private equity investment firm, has completed its previously announced acquisition of DigiCert, a global SSL Certification Authority (CA) and the leading provider of trusted certificate management solutions. Prior investor TA Associates and DigiCert management and employees will remain significant shareholders in the business.

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DigiCert Champions Cyber Security Awareness

Lehi (October 1, 2015 ) — Throughout October, DigiCert is championing online security awareness and best practices through social media and the DigiCert blog, as part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. An industry-leading provider of SSL certificate management solutions from issuance through all phases of the certificate lifecycle, DigiCert advances security standards within various industry bodies and provides advanced tools to help enterprises simplify and optimize certificate deployment. Celebrated every October, National Cyber Security Awareness Month was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure everyone has the resources needed to stay safer and more secure online.

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DigiCert Certificate Monitoring™ Wins People's Choice Award

Lehi (September 14, 2015 ) — DigiCert Certificate Monitoring™ has been voted the People's Choice Stevie® Award winner for Favorite New Products in the Security/Data Protection category. DigiCert received its award at the 13th Annual American Business Awards gala held in San Francisco. Certificate Monitoring™ is the latest innovation from DigiCert and is designed to simplify digital certificate management. Certificate Monitoring, launched this past April as the first service of its kind, helps organizations audit all certificates issued for their domains to enforce security policies, and defend against rogue and unauthorized SSL/TLS certificate issuance.

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Thoma Bravo to Acquire Majority Stake in DigiCert

San Francisco (August 28, 2015 ) — Thoma Bravo, LLC, a leading private equity investment firm, announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire a majority interest in DigiCert. As part of the transaction, TA Associates, a leading global growth private equity firm and current majority shareholder in DigiCert, will sell a portion of its interest and will remain as a minority shareholder. While financial details were not disclosed, the Thoma Bravo investment represents one of the largest technology investments ever made in a Utah-based business.

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

Lehi (August 24, 2015 ) — DigiCert has been named to the Inc. 500/5000 list of America's fastest-growing private companies for the fifth consecutive year. Company rankings for the 2015 Inc. 500/5000 list are determined by percentage of annual revenue growth over a three-year period. As a five-year veteran of this list, DigiCert joins the likes of Microsoft, Timberland, GoPro, Oracle and Patagonia as other multi-year earners.

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DigiCert Hires Mike Nelson as VP of Healthcare Solutions

Lehi (July 16, 2015 ) — DigiCert announced the hire of Mike Nelson as Vice President of Healthcare Solutions. Leveraging a background that includes public policy development for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services as well as private sector management at GE Healthcare. Nelson will be responsible for developing and advancing DigiCert's growth strategy within the healthcare security market.

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DigiCert Partners with Cybertrust Japan to expand its market presence in Asia

Lehi (July 7, 2015 ) — DigiCert, a global Certificate Authority and leader of trusted identity solutions, has partnered with Cybertrust Japan, a leading Japanese comprehensive security certification service provider, to market DigiCert SSL, code signing and other digital certificates throughout the land of the rising sun and into Southeast Asia.

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DigiCert Acquires Verizon Enterprise SSL Business

Lehi (June 23, 2015 ) — DigiCert, a global Certificate Authority and leader of trusted identity solutions, today announced its acquisition of the CyberTrust Enterprise SSL business from Verizon Enterprise Solutions. The acquisition makes DigiCert the second-largest Certificate Authority (CA) for high-assurance SSL Certificates. As part of the deal, DigiCert will assume management of the CyberTrust/Verizon trusted roots and intermediate certificates. Verizon will continue to offer SSL Certificates as a reseller of DigiCert.

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DigiCert Recognized as Leader in Online Privacy and Web Security

Lehi (June 16, 2015 ) — DigiCert, a leading global Certificate Authority and provider of trusted identity and authentication services, today announced its selection to the 2015 Online Trust Alliance (OTA) Honor Roll, the fourth consecutive year the company has earned this distinction. The Honor Roll evaluates high-traffic websites' adherence to online security and privacy best practices. DigiCert remains highly committed to innovation and leading the push toward a more encrypted, better authenticated web.

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DigiCert Appoints InfoSec Veteran Jason Sabin as Chief Security Officer

Lehi (June 10, 2015 ) — DigiCert, a leading global Certificate Authority and provider of trusted identity services, has promoted VP of Research & Development (R&D) Jason Sabin to the position of Chief Security Officer (CSO). While retaining direction of the company’s R&D unit, Sabin now also oversees all internal and external security operations. He continues to evangelize good security practices with DigiCert customers, at industry events and in news media. Sabin assumed the position earlier this spring.

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DigiCert to Deliver Enhanced Security for Plex Customers

Lehi (June 4, 2015 ) — DigiCert, a leading global Certificate Authority and provider of trusted identity and authentication services, has partnered with Plex, the leading personal media streaming solution, to provide publicly trusted certificates to enhance security for all Plex media streaming and cloud services. DigiCert's SSL/TLS Internet of Things (IoT) solution will allow Plex to provide end-to-end security for tens of millions of Plex media servers and clients.

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NCC Group welcomes DigiCert to its .trust community

London (May 28, 2015 ) — Global information assurance specialist NCC Group has welcomed DigiCert, a leading certificate authority and provider of trusted identity and authentication services, to its exclusive .trust community. DigiCert has also become NCC Group’s certification partner for .trust and will provide each .trust site operator with extended validation certificates and services to ensure that the domain’s owner is readily recognised and highly vetted.

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DigiCert Named a 2015 American Business Awards Finalist

Lehi, UT (May 14, 2015 ) — DigiCert, a leading global Certificate Authority and provider of trusted identity services, has been named a finalist in the 2015 American Business Awards for its legendary customer service. With a continued quest to help demystify implementation of SSL/TLS certificates for a secure web, DigiCert’s approach toward simplifying SSL for its customers places it as a finalist alongside other technology firms such as Carbonite, AppFolio and Squarespace. The awards ceremony will be held on June 22 in Chicago.

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DigiCert Wins at 2015 Global Excellence Awards

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (April 23, 2015 ) — DigiCert's continued quest to make SSL Certificate management easier and more secure continues to gain notice, as the company took home two awards at the 11th Annual Global Excellence Awards this week: gold winner for Best Support Department of the Year and bronze winner for Best Vulnerability Assessment, Remediation and Management Solution.

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DigiCert Joins Others to Advance Security Standards for the IoT, including NFC Tags

LEHI, UT (April 16, 2015 ) — Today, the AllSeenAlliance officially welcomed DigiCert as a member, working to advance interoperable security standards for the IoT, while the NFC Forum announced a new spec and implementation, developed by DigiCert, which advances NFC tag security.

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DigiCert Announces Certificate Monitoring™ & Express Install™

LEHI, UT (April 14, 2015 ) — DigiCert, a leader in SSL Certificate trust, today is announcing new ways to automate SSL Certificate installation and server configuration while helping enterprises detect certificate fraud.

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DigiCert Certificate Inspector Named 2015 Global Excellence Awards Finalist

LEHI, UT (April 2, 2015 ) — The DigiCert Certificate Inspector™ has been named a finalist in the Info Security Products Guide's 11th Annual Global Excellence Awards program for Best Vulnerability Assessment, Remediation and Management Solution.

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DigiCert Promotes InfoSecurity Veteran Dan Timpson to CTO

LEHI, UT (February 26, 2015 ) — DigiCert today announced the promotion of IT security veteran Dan Timpson to Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Since joining DigiCert in 2013, Timpson has used his experience from working at Microsoft and Novell to support DigiCert’s rapidly growing customer base.

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Marketecture and DigiCert Partner to Enable Turnkey Web Security Solutions for Small Businesses

AMERICAN FORK, UT (January 13, 2015 ) — Marketecture, an innovator in SaaS technology for website design and online business management, has reached a strategic agreement with DigiCert, a leading global Certificate Authority and provider of trusted identity and authentication services, to offer high-assurance digital certificates and leading certificate management services to Marketecture’s customers.

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The GÉANT Association Selects DigiCert as Exclusive SSL Certificate Provider

LEHI, UT (December 18, 2014 ) — DigiCert will secure the GÉANT Association Community to support important research initiatives.

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DigiCert Named One of America's Fastest Growing Companies, Listed on Deloitte's Technology Fast 500™ For Fourth Straight Year

LEHI, UT (November 13, 2014 ) — DigiCert, Inc., a leading global Certificate Authority and provider of trusted identity and authentication services, today announced it has been named to Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 list for the fourth consecutive year.

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DigiCert Announces Availability of SecureWifi Certificates™

LEHI, UT (October 9, 2014 ) — Certificates, included in Release 2 of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ Passpoint® program, authenticate and encrypt online signup servers, point toward better, more secure Wi-Fi user experience

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DigiCert Releases Tool to Simplify SHA-2 Migration for System Administrators

LEHI, UT (September 17, 2014 ) — Google’s new policy to show warnings in the Chrome browser for SHA-1 certificates as early as this November makes migration to SHA-2 a high priority for website operators

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Always-On SSL Site Checker Helps Analyze Impact of SSL on Keyword Rankings

LEHI, UT (September 4, 2014 ) — Using new tool, search marketers can quickly identify which target keywords have sites served over HTTPS to help determine where security, SEO advantages might be gained.

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DigiCert® Makes Inc. 500/5000® List For Fourth Straight Year

LEHI, UT (August 21, 2014 ) — Company is go-to provider of authentication, encryption services for emerging markets such as the Internet of Things and one of America’s top-growth private companies.

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Flavio Martins Named One of Top Three Customer Experience Influencers

LEHI, UT (August 19, 2014 ) — International Customer Management Institute recognizes Martins’ passionate advocacy for customer-centric organizational thinking.

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Authentication is the Answer to Data Security in the Internet of Things

Giving devices connectivity brings new methods for conducing home and privacy invasion right to your front door; are you ready?

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DigiCert Selected to 2014 Online Trust Alliance Honor Roll

LEHI, UT (June 11, 2014 ) — In naming DigiCert to the prestigious list for the third straight year, OTA recognizes the global security company’s leadership role in developing, advocating and following best practices.

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In the News


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

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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

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Securing the Internet of Vulnerable Things

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3 big IoT security fears, and how developers can tackle them

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Guard Your Security When Filing Taxes Online

KSL-TV, 23 March 2016
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At DigiCert, Security is Mission Critical

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E-filing taxes? Watch out for fraud.

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