Frost & Sullivan Commends Entrust for Expertly Maintaining the Balance between Value and Trust in the High-Assurance SSL Certificate Market Entrust offers a flexible and robust management platform that is suitable for small to large enterprise customers
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on its recent analysis of the secure sockets layer (SSL) certificate market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Entrust with the 2013 North America Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Leadership. Entrust offers only high-assurance digital certificates and accompanying solutions that provide strong security and trust services.
Entrust is dedicated to offering only high assurance certificates, Organization Validation and Extended Validation, and its public root is ubiquitous on more than 99.9 percent of desktop and mobile browsers. Entrust's organization certificates are also provided as unified communications multi-domain and wildcard certificates.
Entrust Certificate Services offers organization and extended validation SSL certificates in multi-form factors, such as wildcard certificates with Subject Alternative Name (SAN) capabilities, as well as SSL certificates such as elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) hybrid SSL certificates. These certificates are compatible on most up-to-date browsers and highly effective when server-load performance is critical and have the added advantage of being provided in the strongest and best performing encryption levels available in SHA-1, SHA-2 and ECC.
"Its Certificate Management Service (CMS) and Discovery solutions facilitate certificate management and mitigate the consequences of hitherto inefficient processes or documentation," said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Richard Martinez. "CMS gives users the choice of unit-based or concurrent license certificate models, while Discovery allows them to scan internal networks for certificates of all types, regardless of the issuing certification authority."
Entrust Discovery also offers a centralized portal in which customers can manage the entire life cycle of all their certificates. It aids the pre-verification of all their certificates so that they can be issued in minutes and sold through Entrust's partners and resellers worldwide. In 2012, Entrust updated Discovery to include certificate chain validation e-mail alerts, automated graphic-based reports, and enabled organizations to delegate responsibilities.
Also in 2012, Entrust updated their CMS platform with new features, including a buyer role and the ability to create unlimited custom views. CMS features a self-service portal that allows customers to create permissions for read-only users, provides access to a portal application from which they can request certificates or new clients, and allows certificate activity viewing. In addition, CMS has approval-override capabilities that enable administrators to modify and approve certificate requests instead of simply declining them.
With bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives gaining currency, Entrust also will expand its offering of mobile device certificates in the coming months — seamlessly from the cloud as a managed service — as an easy, cost-effective solution that will help organizations balance security and leverage the BYOD policy.
Entrust maintains a strong focus on the enterprise, government and financial services market, but its continued dedication to high-assurance services is popularizing its security and service offerings outside its strongholds. Its ongoing efforts to improve its SSL certificate offerings have helped it maintain its second ranking in high-assurance certificate issuance and sales, and most importantly, in the overall market share.
"Acknowledging its customers' trust, Entrust's SSL certificates are backed by extensive validation and identity vetting, as well as encryption of the data transmission channel," noted Martinez. "It also provides customers with dedicated account managers, unlimited certificate re-issues and server licenses, and certificate exchanges. These efforts have translated to account renewals of more than 98 percent and high satisfaction ratings on SSL certification authority review websites."
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A trusted provider of identity-based security solutions, Entrust secures governments, enterprises and financial institutions in more than 5,000 organizations spanning 85 countries. Entrust's award-winning software authentication platforms manage today's most secure identity credentials, addressing customer pain points for cloud and mobile security, physical and logical access, citizen eID initiatives, certificate management and SSL. For more information about Entrust products and services, call 888-690-2424, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.entrust.com.
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