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Symantec Exceeds a Quarter-Billion User and Device Certificates and Enhances Cloud Infrastructure to Support Continued Growth

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – July 28, 2011 – Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced that it has issued more than a quarter-billion certificates verifying user and device identity. The milestone not only points to certificates as a critical foundation for protecting sensitive customer data today, but also to their growing importance in smart phones, tablets, set-top boxes and other devices.


Certificates enable the strong authentication, email encryption and digital signature applications essential to secure sensitive data against increasingly frequent, targeted, and severe cyber attacks. Managing certificates through Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) is critically important, especially on the skyrocketing number of mobile devices as well as cloud-based applications requiring authentication. The emergence of nontraditional PKI applications—such as securing machine-to-machine communications as part of delivering smart electrical grids—is among many reasons that certificate-based PKI is more important than ever.


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Unmatched Capability

As one of the largest Certificate Authorities (CAs) and PKI providers in the world, with more than a decade of experience, Symantec enables IT security architects to address a wide range of security challenges with scalable, flexible, and reliable enterprise solutions that can meet both current and future needs. The newly rebranded Symantec Managed PKI Service—the third generation of Symantec’s PKI—is built from the ground up as a secure, scalable, multi-tenant cloud-based service that helps protect customer data and preserve customer trust. This platform makes it easier than ever to deploy and scale certificate-powered security applications for the rapidly growing number of organizations leveraging mobile and cloud computing models.


A Legacy of Trust

Symantec has a strong reputation of securing critical Internet infrastructure, with its root certificates ubiquitous among major browsers. Symantec’s many government certifications and approvals prove not only the depth of its expertise, but also its track record of running PKI in the cloud. A broad range of customers includes large enterprises, national governments, hi-tech industry consortiums such as WiMAX, CableLabs, CI+ Forum and Symantec’s own global Affiliate network. As networking capabilities are increasingly embedded into critical infrastructure, such as the electrical grid, Symantec’s PKI solutions will play a critical role in delivering secure, trusted communications to protect this infrastructure from attack.


Symantec Managed PKI Service

On-premise certificate-based PKI solutions have historically been complex and costly to use, deploy and operate. To specifically address these challenges, Symantec Managed PKI Service, is a cloud-based offering that makes protection of sensitive data easier and more cost-effective. The cloud-based approach dramatically lowers the cost and complexity of establishing PKI-based solutions, while new automation capabilities significantly reduce end-user and IT intervention and preserve business continuity. Symantec Managed PKI Service revolutionizes the focus of PKI from infrastructure to delivering applications that address customers’ real-world problems.


Symantec Managed PKI Service


Availability

Symantec Managed PKI Service is available now. For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/uauthen


Quotes

“Hitting a quarter-billion user and device certificates is a huge milestone that reflects the success we’ve had enabling large commercial and government organizations to improve their security by leveraging certificates for strong authentication, encryption and digital signatures. Symantec’s newly released Managed PKI Service will only accelerate the adoption of cloud-based certificate solutions to power the next generation of security applications and the organizations that will increasingly rely on them.”
-- Adam Geller, senior director, User Authentication, Symantec


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TECHNORATI TAGS: Certificates, PKI, strong authentication, email encryption, digital signatures