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Greetings from Infosec!

Created: 26 Apr 2006 • Updated: 18 Dec 2012 • 2 comments
Tim Callan's picture
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As I'm writing it's 12:30 pm Greenwich Mean Time on day two of Infosecurity Europe (AKA Infosec), which means we're exactly halfway through the show. I've been booked solid between three presentations a day and meeting members of press, customers, and persons generally interested in the new High Assurance SSL standard. The level of interest here has been very high. Most of the people I talk to already understand that security fears are stifling online business and that phishing continues to be an unsolved problem. Likewise, they get how the new browser behaviors around High Assurance will dramatically improve the situation.

For your background, Infosec is Europe's largest IT security show and typically has about 15,000 attendees, most of them IT professionals with some level of security responsibility. It's extremely gratifying to see the level of interest in this new development.

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Jeremy Placet's picture

Saw your talk about high assurance certificates...or whatever you're going to call it...and I was compelled to inquire, when is verisign going to have these new certificates ready for sale?

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The industry consortium working on the authentication specification for High Assurance (or whatever we're going to call it :) has not fully completed that spec yet. Until that's complete I can't definitively tell you when VeriSign will have these certificates available.

What I can tell you is that we're committed to bringing these certificates into the market quickly. I'm advising sites to fully switch over their public-facing servers prior to General Availability of Windows Vista (more on that topic in a future post, I'm sure), and VeriSign is striving to make High Assurance certificates available in plenty of time for sites to do so. When we get a firmer grasp on timing, I'll follow up with that information here.

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