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Rick Andrews | 26 Nov 2012 | 1 comment

It doesn’t take a crystal ball to predict that 2013 will press the limits of the mobile infrastructure.  The sales of smart phones and tablets are through the roof, and apps are being written at a fast pace. This is a boon for many, bringing the internet and cloud applications to the hands of users all over the world, who may not own a computer or have ISP service, but do own a phone.

In the race to be part of the mobile rush however, fast app development is often more valued than a well thought out and secure application.  As a result, SSL/TLS app failures can result in broken, disabled or nonexistent validation behind the scenes of mobile applications.  SSL is the backbone technology for secure connections between the app and the cloud, but without proper certificate handling by the developers it’s still vulnerable to attacks by outsiders. This core vulnerability presents a real danger, and it’s imperative that the app developer learn how...

Jeannie Warner | 15 Nov 2012 | 0 comments

An SSL/TLS Certificate, which website visitors see by the HTTPS:// prefix in the address bar of your browser lets you know that the site you are visiting has been authenticated, and any information you share with that site is encrypted. Knowing that a site is legitimate and secure is especially important with holiday shopping season upon us, where scam sites spring up like snowmen only to melt away with your money.

Symantec takes its responsibility as a certificate authority seriously. It is very important that we do not issue SSL certificates to questionable organizations. Any website with a Symantec SSL certificate has gone through strict authentication practices and procedures. There are also some very firm processes for revoking certificates, or not renewing certificates if there is an issue with an organization. In fact, on average 6-8% of requests for new certificates and renewals are declined. That means Symantec denies tens of thousands of requests every year, as...

Brian Wall | 15 Nov 2012 | 5 comments

Apps it seems are everywhere now, and they continue to spread like wildfire. It’s a ‘technology on the go’ world we inhabit, where we are using apps for everything from social media, banking, gaming, making payments and a host of other things, at any time or day of the week. The convenience afforded by smart phones and other mobile devices have fast become the platform for serious business and consumer alike.

Global mobile app store downloads are forecast to surpass 45.6 billion in 2012, with free downloads accounting for 40.1 billion (89%) and paid-for downloads totalling 5 billion, according to research analysts Gartner.

So it’s alarming to hear that some Android developers are failing abysmally when it comes to...

FranRosch | 25 Sep 2012 | 0 comments

With National Cyber Security Month right around the corner, I  wanted to take this chance to discuss Symantec’s point of view about the current state of the Certificate Authority (CA) industry.

After a year riddled with highly publicized CA security breaches that threatened to undermine confidence in the entire system the message is clear:  In order to build public confidence and protect the trust model that the Internet relies on every single day (over 4.5 million sites!), the CA industry must pull together and focus on improving its operations and practices while adapting to a constantly evolving technological environment. 

One way we do this is by actively supporting organizations such as the CAB Forum and the Online Trust Alliance (OTA).  Coming up shortly is the Online Trust Forum in San Jose, CA on Oct 2-4.  To...

FranRosch | 04 Sep 2012 | 1 comment

Trust on the internet isn't just a catch phrase. It's a concern that engenders policies that extend from the virtual world of security products and integration all the way down into process and physical reinforcement. It is also a daily practice at Symantec, where we back up our mission statements with concrete, measured practices. We built our datacenter facilities with a defense in depth approach, and believe in practicing what we preach regarding the standards a CA should adhere to. My leadership team demands that our infrastructure supports our strategy to be the best.

We gave the folks at CNet a tour of our Operations facility where we process SSL Certificates, and showed them our model of what makes a secure facility. We are constantly investing in improvement, keeping up with the latest trends in physical security as a vital link to supporting our virtual security. Recently, CNet published the following article about what they saw on that tour:

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Jeannie Warner | 28 Aug 2012 | 0 comments

Keeping Your Personal Information Secure
 

It’s a great time for sports fans, with the summer Olympics still fresh in our minds, the NFL season kicking off, and hockey and basketball just around the corner. Unfortunately, it’s also a great time for cyber criminals who take advantage of the excitement to steal valuable personal information.

A common approach, known as “phishing,” uses phony emails that inform fans they have won the “NFL Lottery” or can purchase discounted tickets. These emails often contain links to websites that look genuine but are designed to trick users into providing login and password details. Some also include attachments that can download nasty computer viruses.

As scammers grow more sophisticated, users have to up their defensive game. Here are some tips to help protect against phishing attacks:

  1. Never click on links or open attachments in unsolicited emails....
FranRosch | 15 Aug 2012 | 0 comments

Last week Netcraft released its monthly report on global SSL certificate issuance and market share. The report states that Symantec experienced another banner month of growth.  According to the August 2012 Netcraft report, Symantec saw the largest overall gain in net new SSL certificates. We continue to remain the overall SSL market leader with a market share of 38.4% (Netcraft, August 2012).  Our internal Symantec model actually reflects that Symantec has a much larger market share as many large Enterprises use our SSL certificates behind their firewalls where Netcraft is unable to explore. 

Symantec also continues to dominate the Extended Validation (EV) SSL market segment, outpacing the competition in terms of growth while issuing 64.5% of all active EV SSL certificates today. EV SSL certificates offer the highest level of validation, and provide consumers the absolute highest level of trust in the websites they are sharing data with. It’s important...

FranRosch | 07 Aug 2012 | 0 comments

Last week the Certificate Authority / Browser Forum (CA/B) voted down a motion to extend a deadline for its members to sign an intellectual property rights agreement (IPR). Signing this agreement is mandatory to retain membership. Those who had not signed by August 1st are no longer members of the CA/B Forum. Entrust, CyberTrust (Verizon), and Research In Motion (RIM) are among the CAs who did not, or would not sign the IPR. They’re all out.

So what?

What’s so important about the IPR is that it enables CAs and browsers to work together as an industry to develop improved Internet security standards without infringing on any particular organization’s intellectual property rights.  This transparent, collaborative workgroup will help drive innovation to better secure data in transit over the Internet.

As a result of their inaction, the CA’s mentioned above will not have a role in forging a more secure future for...

FranRosch | 02 Jul 2012 | 0 comments

Symantec has been a key driver in collaborative work with the CA/B Forum to develop a new set of baseline requirements for organization and domain validated SSL certificates. The CA/B Forum is an organization of leading Certification Authorities (CAs) and vendors of Internet browser software and other applications. The CA/B Baseline Requirements are documented in “Baseline Requirements for the Issuance and Management of Publicly-Trusted Certificates v. 1.0”.

We are proud to announce that Symantec is adopting the new Baseline Requirements effective July 1st, 2012. 

The Baseline Requirements focus on providing clear standards for CAs on important topics including verification of identity, certificate content and profiles, CA security, revocation mechanisms, use of algorithms and key sizes, audit requirements, liability, privacy and confidentiality, and delegation (...

Teresa Wingfield | 30 Apr 2012 | 0 comments

If you are using self-signed SSL certificates for internal sites such as corporate email servers, human resource portals, wikis, software development sandboxes, etc. you’re probably doing so because you think you’re saving your company a ton of money by not purchasing certificates from a third-party Certificate Authority.  But, for a number of reasons, this probably isn’t true. 

Self-signed certificates cost more than most  implementers realize because the total cost of ownership (TCO) of an SSL certificate is far more than just the price of the certificate. From security hardware, to management software, to data center space and more, the costs of establishing a secure self-signing architecture can quickly add up.  And, a do-it-yourself approach to SSL security may put an organization at risk for costly security breaches and lost trust.

“The Hidden Costs of Self-Signed SSL Certificates” is a new white paper that...