Since the recent announcement of Symantec's intention to acquire the VeriSign Authentication business, we've caught wind of some odd and unsubstantiated rumors. I'd like to take this occasion to clear up a few of the wilder ones.
Rumor: After the acquisition there will be no more VeriSign SSL Certificates issued.
Reply: Does anybody really believe that? Would Symantec pay $1.3 billion for a business in order to immediately and unceremoniously shut it down? Seems mighty unlikely to me. And yes, Symantec will have the right to continue doing business on legacy VeriSign products for some years so that we can achieve a smooth transition.
Rumor: The familiar check mark will disappear from the VeriSign seal.
Reply: Wrong again. As part of the acquisition Symantec is buying the intellectual property that today is the VeriSign check mark, including all trade marks and service marks surrounding it and the seal. That means the go-forward SSL business will continue to use the check mark, and it will stay on the seal.
Rumor: The VeriSign seal will have to change.
Reply: In the long term, that's true. At a bare minimum, it would make sense to transition off the word VeriSign. If research reveals other changes that would maximize consumer trust in the seal, those are possible as well. However, Symantec will retain the right to operate the VeriSign seal exactly as it is for quite a while, which will give us plenty of time to plan and execute a smooth migration through any changes that are necessary or beneficial.