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Entrust Applauds CA/Browser Forum for Developing Baseline Requirements for SSL Certificates

New industry standards leverage best practices to ensure higher level of security and assurance


DALLAS, Dec. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ – Entrust, Inc., a global leader in securing online identities and information, applauds the Certification Authority/Browser (CA/B) Forum for establishing the first minimum standards for the operation of Certification Authorities (CAs) issuing SSL certificates. The recently approved baseline requirements, which will become effective on July 1, 2012, leverage best practices from across the SSL sector to provide clear standards for CAs.

The new baseline requirements provide standards for CAs on important subjects including verification of identity, certificate content and profiles, CA security, revocation mechanisms, use of algorithms and key sizes, audit requirements, liability, privacy and confidentiality, and delegation.

“The establishment of this new set of industry standards truly raises the bar on the level of security and assurance all parties can now expect from publicly-trusted CAs,” said Entrust President and CEO Bill Conner. “As an industry leader, we were pleased that the new baseline requirements validated many practices that we already have in place. We are fully committed to ensuring that our SSL policies and practices are in compliance with the new standard. This is just a first step to ensuring all CAs are secure.”

Along with Entrust, approximately 94 percent of the SSL market has committed to compliance by July 1, 2012.

“Entrust’s focus on offering only high-level certificates, OV and EV, places the company, competitively, amongst the top certificate authorities in the market,” said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst, Richard Martinez.(1)

For more information on Entrust’s full portfolio of digital certificates, as well as the Entrust Certificate Management Service, visit www.entrust.net.

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(1)  ”Analysis of the SSL Certificate Market: Balancing Certificate Growth with Declining Revenue Growth Rates and Trust,” Richard Martinez, November 2011.

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