EV, what’s the difference?

Bruce Morton

With the acquisition of the VeriSign SSL business by Symantec, we’re getting a lot of questions about EV SSL certificates.  Is your EV the same as theirs?  Why is your EV so much cheaper?  What’s the difference?

The bottom line is yes; our EV SSL certificates are the same as theirs.  In fact, EV SSL certificates from all certification authorities are the same.  This is because all EV SSL certificates are issued and managed in accordance with the same standard.  This standard is called the Guidelines For Issuance And Management Of Extended Validation Certificates (EV Guidelines). The EV Guidelines were developed by an industry group called the CA/Browser Forum (CAB Forum) which Entrust has chaired since 2005.

In addition to following the same guidelines, all EV SSL certification authorities are audited by third party security auditors in accordance with criteria based on the guidelines. Proof of which is posted on the CA’s website in the form of a WebTrust for Extended Validation seal and auditor’s report.


So what’s the difference?  The difference is customer service.  Entrust provides the industry leading certificate management, combined with great customer service, and a choice of licensing models. We let our customers manage their certificates the way they want them managed … in accordance with the guidelines of course.

So why are our EV certificates so much cheaper?  Simply, we charge less. We deliver great value at a reasonable price.

Bruce Morton
Bruce Morton
Director, Certificate Technology & Standards

Bruce Morton has worked in the public key infrastructure and digital certificate industry for more than 15 years and has focused on SSL and other publicly trusted certificates since 2005. He has been an active member of the CA/Browser Forum that released guidelines for extended validation (EV) certificates and Baseline Requirements for SSL certificates. Bruce oversees the governance and compliance of Entrust’s publicly trusted PKI.


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