DigiCert Honored for Leadership in Online Security, Privacy

Online Trust Alliance Names DigiCert to the 2016 Online Trust Alliance Honor Roll, Fifth Consecutive Year Company Has Been Recognized


LEHI, UT (June 14, 2016) — DigiCert, a leading global Certificate Authority and provider of trusted identity and authentication services, 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.


“OTA commends DigiCert not only for achieving the Honor Roll for the fifth consecutive year, but more importantly, its commitment to collaboration in both the public and private sector”, said Online Trust Alliance CEO and Executive Director Craig Spiezle. “Through DigiCert’s support of OTA and active participation in industry working groups, the company continues to help re-define site security and responsible privacy practices.”


The increasing connectivity of global economies associated with the Internet of Things (IoT) is adding urgency for organizations to ensure strong device authentication and encryption of data in transit. This includes networked medical devices, home automation systems, manufacturing, industrial operations, automobiles and other critical infrastructure. Public key infrastructure (PKI) and digital certificates help limit device access to the authorized parties and ensure message integrity through secure signing services. Certificates also authenticate secure bootup, enrollment and updates to IoT devices. DigiCert’s combination of smart automation to simplify certificate management with high-assurance identity validation helps lead to a more trustworthy IoT and web.


“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.”


Now in its eighth year, the Online Trust Audit and Honor Roll is the only comprehensive, independent online trust benchmarking study. The Honor Roll surveys more than 400 million e-mail headers, 1,000 privacy policies and approximately 10,000 web pages. Benchmarking the security and privacy practices of top private and public sector websites, the Honor Roll evaluates important security hygiene practices including SSL certificate/TLS implementation, privacy policies, e-mail authentication, and use of Extended Validation SSL Certificates.


Started in 2008 as an effort to drive adoption of best practices, its objectives are to 1) recognize leadership and commitment to best practices which aid in the protection of online trust and confidence in online services, 2) enable businesses to enhance their security, data protection and privacy practices, 3) move from compliance to stewardship, demonstrating support of meaningful self-regulation, and 4) promote security & privacy as part of a company’s brand promise and value proposition.


About Online Trust Alliance

The Online Trust Alliance (OTA) is a non-profit with the mission to enhance online trust and user empowerment while promoting innovation and the vitality of the Internet. Its goal is to help educate businesses, policy makers and stakeholders while developing and advancing best practices and tools to enhance the protection of users’ security, privacy and identity. OTA supports collaborative public-private partnerships, benchmark reporting, and meaningful self-regulation and data stewardship. Its members and supporters include leaders spanning the public policy, technology, ecommerce, social networking, mobile, email and interactive marketing, financial, service provider, government agency and industry organization sectors.


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 for the web and the Internet of Things. Headquartered in Lehi, Utah, DigiCert is trusted by more than 115,000 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 or follow @digicert.


Jeff Chandler
Director of Public Relations


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