GlobalSign (www.globalsign.com), GlobalSign (www.globalsign.com), Certification Authorities (CA), announced successfully achieving the WebTrust Seal of Assurance for Certification Authorities for the tenth consecutive year by its auditors Ernst & Young. The WebTrust Seal was awarded to GlobalSign after stringent auditing of its business and identity vetting practices employed when issuing Digital Certificates. This achievement demonstrates GlobalSign’s commitment to providing the digital world with a decade’s worth of confidence in highly trusted Digital Certificates; giving GlobalSign one of the longest WebTrust compliance records throughout the SSL and CA industry.
Created by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA), the universally recognized WebTrust Program for CAs standardizes the management of Digital Certificates and the policies and practices of CAs. Every major CA is now required to undergo the WebTrust audit, which rigorously examines practices such as customer authentication procedures, physical, network and logical security surrounding the Certificate issuance infrastructure, handling of customer data, business continuity planning as well as a thorough appraisal of warranty plans, an area in which GlobalSign leads the industry. It is imperative that Certificate Authorities be held to the highest standards.
In 2002, GlobalSign became one of the first CAs worldwide to attain the original WebTrust compliancy accreditation. Back then the Internet was home to less than 40 million websites, of which 180,000 were secured with SSL. Fast forward ten years and the Internet has grown to 400 million sites with almost 1.8m active SSL Certificates (source: Netcraft). Despite the advent of new threats like phishing and identity theft, GlobalSign has continued to meet the standards outlined by the WebTrust auditors.
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“We are proud to have achieved one of the longest periods in WebTrust compliance in the industry,” said Steve Roylance, WW Business Development Director for GlobalSign. “The past ten years have seen a remarkable evolution in e-commerce and digital security and we are proud of our ability to adapt to a constantly changing market. This award speaks to our integrity and commitment to maintaining the highest possible standards.”
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