DigiCert will secure the GÉANT Association Community to support important research initiatives

LEHI, UT (Dec. 18, 2014) —DigiCert, Inc., a leading global Certificate Authority and provider of trusted identity and authentication services, has been selected by the GÉANT Association as its exclusive provider of SSL certificates for its members for at least the next two years. The GÉANT Association’s announcement follows a tender process that began in early 2014.

“After careful consideration of the many requirements the GÉANT Association has voiced on behalf of its customers, DigiCert clearly stood out as the preferred partner for the coming years,” stated the GÉANT Association’s announcement. “The GÉANT Association selected DigiCert based on its proven ability to deliver a wide range of certificate types, provide rapid validation services, and a sophisticated, yet flexible certificate portal. On top of that, the company is a leader in the industry, participating in the CA Browser Forum, IETF, and other recognized groups, helping to advance key protections for online trust.”

“DigiCert is excited to be selected by the GÉANT Association and to support important research initiatives made possible through the provisioning of large-scale secure internet services,” said DigiCert CEO Nicholas Hales. “As a company, DigiCert continues to work collaboratively with other parties to enhance authentication and encryption standards and support the many emerging markets in need of secure communications.”

The GÉANT Association provides TLS/SSL, code signing and other types of digital certificates for 27 European national research and education networks, while making its services available to all its Community. The TCS, the GÉANT Association’s Certificate Service, helps thousands of academic researchers securely collaborate across Europe.

DigiCert provides leading products and customer support for today’s increasingly connected world, enabling organizations to authenticate their digital identities and encrypt the data that they and their customers share online. Combining personal, timely and knowledgeable customer service with intuitive certificate management tools, DigiCert provides a five-star experience to organizations looking to optimize their security in an efficient and effective manner. As a result, DigiCert continues to attract the business of the world’s leading brands, including five of the U.S. Alexa Top 6. DigiCert also works with SMBs, manufacturers, healthcare organizations, large grid computing networks, and channel and software integration providers to help them secure information in transit. This includes being the go-to partner for emerging markets such as the Internet of Things, Wi-Fi security and Directed Exchange of healthcare information.

Given coming deadlines for deprecation of the SHA-1 hashing algorithm, all new certificates issued by the GÉANT Association through DigiCert will use SHA-2 by default.

About the GÉANT Association

Since 2005, the GÉANT Association has coordinated a joint procurement on behalf of European NRENs to provide TLS certificates to their constituencies. Initially, this service focused on server certificates but in recent years has been expanded to include certificates to support personal certificates and code signing certificates. 27 European NRENs currently take advantage of the TCS, the GÉANT Association Certificate Service.

About DigiCert, Inc.

DigiCert is a premier, trusted provider of enterprise security solutions with an emphasis on authentication and encryption via managed PKI and high-assurance digital certificates. Headquartered in Lehi, Utah, DigiCert is trusted by more than 80,000 of the world’s leading government, finance, healthcare, education and Fortune 500® organizations. DigiCert has been recognized with dozens of awards for providing enhanced customer value, premium customer service and market growth leadership. For the latest DigiCert news and updates, visit digicert.com, like DigiCert on Facebook® or follow Twitter® handle @digicert.

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

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