Company nears completion of year-long pilot with Google and becomes the first Certificate Authority to implement Certificate Transparency

LEHI, UT (September 24, 2013) — DigiCert, Inc., a leading global authentication and encryption provider, announced today that it is the first Certificate Authority (CA) to implement Certificate Transparency (CT). DigiCert has been working with Google to pilot CT for more than a year and will begin adding SSL Certificates to a public CT log by the end of October.

DigiCert welcomes CT as an important step toward enhancing online trust. For several months, DigiCert has been working with Google engineers to test Google’s code, provide feedback on proposed CT implementations, and build CT support into the company’s systems. This initiative aligns with DigiCert’s focus to improve online trust—including tight internal security controls, development and adoption of the CA/Browser Forum Baseline Requirements and Network Security Guidelines, and participation in various industry bodies that are focused on security and trust standards.

“DigiCert’s business is built on trust, and we are committed to lead the industry toward better practices that enhance online security,” said DigiCert CEO Nicholas Hales. “Certificate Transparency accomplishes this goal by shining a light on certificate issuance practices and building in a scalable early detection system that relies upon trusted, widely used technologies and standards. We applaud Google for its forward-thinking mindset in advancing CT closer to implementation.”

CT provides early detection and mitigation of misissued or rogue SSL Certificates because it requires certificates to be posted to a public log. Google welcomes DigiCert’s efforts to advance CT adoption and awareness.

“We’re pleased to receive DigiCert’s declaration of support for CT and are encouraged by their continued work with us to help improve online trust and security,” said Ben Laurie, creator of CT and software security engineer at Google. “This is an important step that we hope other CAs will follow as we look to provide greater structural integrity to the SSL/TLS Certificate system.”

For more information about DigiCert and Certificate Transparency, please visit https://www.digicert.com/certificate-transparency.htm.

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

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