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Tim Callan | 22 Feb 2007 | 0 comments

We recently published a very cool, new flash demo that goes over Extended Validation SSL Certificates. It takes about two minutes and is pretty nice.

Tim Callan | 20 Feb 2007 | 0 comments

Leading German bank Deutsche Postbank has publically endorsed Extended Validation SSL as its future direction. Writes Michael Heinen, Divisional Director of Postbank, "No bank can afford to be red, yellow or even white. When our customers perform their transactions online, the green address bar is an additional indication that they are on the real Postbank site and not on a phishing site. The additional authentication required to gain the green bar is vitally important for a bank such as ours!"

Tim Callan | 14 Feb 2007 | 0 comments

When you sign up to check out the RSA keynote speeches, including VeriSign CEO Stratton Sclavos's presentation on security in the Any Era, make sure you check out the selection from Friday called "Phish or No Phish." Host Hugh Thompson shows us an interesting exercise where the security professionals in the room are trying to choose between phishing messages and real messages. Over a quarter of them pick the wrong message, which Hugh points out as very significant.

There's also some insightful discussion of marketing security online and the value of so doing. Both these points are relevent from the perspective of Extended Validation SSL and the...

Tim Callan | 13 Feb 2007 | 0 comments

Opera Labs just published this article on EV certificates. Not a lot here that's new, but it's a good overview of the technology and how we got where we are. The article includes a screen shot of an Opera demo version displaying an Extended Validation SSL Certificate with a green address bar. The article states, "Opera has not yet implemented complete support for what is needed for Extended Validation, but work is underway." In terms of an expected release date, all the article states is "When It's Ready."

Tim Callan | 09 Feb 2007 | 0 comments

Well, it was a very active RSA show, and I have some stuff I can share with you here.

Tim Callan podcasts on Microsoft's RSA site. Subject is EV certs, of course.
- About ten minutes of me interviewed by Microsoft employees. Click the link that reads, "VeriSign talks about Extended Validation certificates."

Tim Callan interviewed on show floor with reaction to Gates/Mundi keynote. What I said in essence: "Strong Microsoft emphasis on ensuring authentic identity. VeriSign looks forward to helping make that happen."
- I'm second in this video, so you have to sit through one other guy...

Tim Callan | 08 Feb 2007 | 0 comments

Tuesday's Microsoft keynote at RSA was interesting in the amount of attention that Bill Gates and Microsoft CTO Craig Mundi spent on the issue of authenticated identity. The format of the keynote was Bill and Craig talking about the future of secure computing initiatives, and a solid 80% of their discussion focused on the matter of reliably knowing the identity of a device, application, or person on a network.

Several times Bill stated his opinion that certificates are "a foundational piece" of the secure network of the future. He called identity "where the weakest link in the system has been" and went on to say, "We see certificates in general as the way these things should go."

Obviously recent intiatives like EV SSL and CardSpace are working toward this ambition. It's really cool that my job gives me the opportunity to contribute to...

Tim Callan | 07 Feb 2007 | 0 comments

Microsoft Security Product Manager Markellos Diorinos is interviewed online on the subject of Extended Validation SSL. Just go down to the podcasts near the middle of the page and click on the link with Markellos's name. It's a good summary of the EV initiative and how EV SSL Certificates help consumer confidence on the sites where they do business or access confidential information.

Tim Callan | 07 Feb 2007 | 0 comments

Yesterday was the first full day of the 2007 RSA IT security conference, and it is off to a great start. Yesterday we announced widespread customer adoption of Extended Validation SSL Certificates. Over 400 organizations have requested SSL Certificates from VeriSign, and certificates already are deployed on sites across every major online business segment including e-commerce, financial, taxes, government, corporate extranets, etc. Some major sites that have Extended Validation SSL Certificates on them include eBay, Charles Schwab,...

Tim Callan | 02 Feb 2007 | 0 comments

We just published several excellent resources for people seeking to understand Extended Validation SSL in a little more detail. They include:

Tim Callan | 01 Feb 2007 | 0 comments

Northern Rock, a major UK lending firm, has deployed EV SSL Certificates. I believe this posting is the most prominent (although certainly not the first) non-US Extended Validation deployment.