DigiCert raises the bar with Extended Validation Code Signing Certificates

LINDON, UT (August 14, 2012) — DigiCert, Inc., a leading online security provider for many of the most recognized brands and web sites in the world, today announced a major breakthrough in application code security with the availability of Extended Validation Code Signing Certificates.

EV Code Signing Certificates from DigiCert must adhere to strict validation procedures from the CA/Browser Forum and Microsoft specifications. In addition to passing through DigiCert’s thorough and rigorous review, EV Code Signing customers employ hardware to receive and install their certificate.

Additionally, EV Code Signing Certificates from DigiCert can enable code developers for Windows 8, Internet Explorer 9 and Internet Explorer 10 to immediately establish initial reputation with SmartScreen reputation services even if no prior reputation exists for that file or publisher. SmartScreen simplifies trust decisions by only providing warnings for applications without established reputation. EV Code Signing Certificates also help ensure that as developers renew their certificates, the reputation established with the original certificate remains intact across renewals.

“DigiCert’s EV Code Signing Certificates can be trusted by Microsoft SmartScreen reputation services starting today, meaning that application developers can establish reputation in Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 9 and 10 immediately,” said DigiCert CEO Nicholas Hales. “Additionally, developers can rely upon DigiCert as a code-signing partner committed to high assurance and customer support to take care of any needs they might have throughout the lifecycle of their certificate.”

Continued Hales, “The additional safeguards afforded developers who sign their code with EV Code Signing Certificates include two-factor authentication with a physical token, which provides an improved barrier against malware and other attacks.”

“We are pleased to support the certificate authority industry’s introduction of Extended Validation Code Signing Certificates as a step forward to help ensure developer identity, code signing security and user safety,” said Microsoft General Manager – Safety Services, John Scarrow. “These new certificates provide deep verification of developer identity and, in addition, require a hardware element to further secure the code signing process. Given these advances, EV signed applications can immediately establish reputation with Microsoft’s SmartScreen Application Reputation services in Internet Explorer 9, Internet Explorer 10 and Windows 8.”

DigiCert EV Code Signing customers gain access to an array of free training and tools as well as the company’s award-winning customer support team. EV Code Signing certificates from DigiCert are available at https://www.digicert.com/code-signing/ev-code-signing.htm with various licensing options up to three years.

Jeff Chandler
DigiCert, Inc.
P: 801.701.9653
E: jeff.chandler@digicert.com

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