DST Achieves WebTrust Credential

Adherence to Strict WebTrust Criteria Ensures DST Customers of the Industry's

Highest Standards for Identity Authentication and Risk Management In

E-Business



Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from Digital Signature Trust

    SALT LAKE CITY, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Signature Trust (DST), an
 affiliate of Zions Bancorporation (Nasdaq:   ZION), has been awarded the
 WebTrust Seal of Assurance for Certification Authorities (CAs) after a
 thorough audit by Ernst & Young.  To achieve the WebTrust accreditation, DST
 met strict requirements for business practices and controls that conform to
 standards set forth by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
 (AICPA) and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA).  This
 best-practices audit provides DST with the credential required by the most
 demanding government and business entities.
     "In the fast-growing world of e-business, trust is everything," said Scott
 Lowry, president and CEO of Digital Signature Trust.  "At DST, creating,
 fostering, and maintaining trust for our digital certificate clients is at the
 core of everything we do.  The WebTrust Seal of Assurance is the most
 difficult certification a CA can receive.  By achieving the stringent
 qualifications of WebTrust, and having that conformity audited and confirmed
 by a qualified and reputable third party like Ernst & Young, it further
 justifies our position as a leader in identity authentication,
 confidentiality, and trust."
     According to Joe Schubert, partner at Ernst & Young, "DST is one of the
 select few companies that has been able to meet the exacting requirements of a
 WebTrust Seal for Certification Authorities."
     "It is critical for Certification Authorities to build trust and
 confidence among users of their digital certificates," said Anthony Pugliese,
 vice president of Member Innovation at the AICPA.  "Ernst & Young's WebTrust
 for Certification Authorities report provides independent verification that
 Digital Signature Trust has implemented and is maintaining effective processes
 and controls."
     "We applaud DST for receiving the WebTrust for Certification Authority
 Seal," said Donald G. Ogilvie, executive vice president, American Bankers
 Association.  "With more unknown certificate authorities entering the market,
 banks need assurance that they are dealing with reliable, trustworthy
 companies.  The fact that DST has been independently audited by Ernst & Young
 gives our members the added comfort that DST has taken the necessary steps to
 ensure the security and reliability of the digital certificates issued to and
 used by our members."
     The WebTrust Seal of Assurance for CAs is designed to give e-commerce
 customers confidence that the confidentiality, authentication, integrity, and
 nonrepudiation of their PKI is above reproach.  The standards are audited and
 confirmed by an objective and independent practitioner (such as Ernst & Young)
 before the WebTrust seal is granted.  WebTrust certification is significantly
 more demanding than the more widely sought SAS 70 Service Auditor Report, but
 is quickly becoming the de facto standard demanded by state entities and large
 companies.  For more information on the requirements DST satisfied to receive
 a WebTrust credential, visit www.webtrust.org.
 
     About DST
     Digital Signature Trust (DST) is the leader in guaranteeing the identity
 of individuals and businesses in digital transactions.  By backing the
 strongest identity authentication practices with the industry's leading
 identity warranty program, DST provides the highest level of risk management
 available for private and trusted e-business.  Acting as the
 trusted-third-party, DST provides outsourced digital certificate services so
 businesses can integrate digital signatures into their e-business applications
 quickly and efficiently.  DST is a subsidiary of Zions First National Bank.
 For more information on DST, visit www.trustdst.com.
 
     About TrustID(R)
     DST's TrustID digital certificate program is sponsored exclusively by the
 American Bankers Association, which extends the heritage and trust of the
 banking industry into e-business.  The ABA certificate policy provides the
 foundation for truly interoperable digital credentials.  TrustID is the only
 solution on the market that enables people and organizations to use the same
 digital certificate everywhere because it is designed to be universally
 accepted and recognized.
 
     Digital Signature Trust and TrustID are registered trademarks of DST.
 
 

SOURCE Digital Signature Trust
    SALT LAKE CITY, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Signature Trust (DST), an
 affiliate of Zions Bancorporation (Nasdaq:   ZION), has been awarded the
 WebTrust Seal of Assurance for Certification Authorities (CAs) after a
 thorough audit by Ernst & Young.  To achieve the WebTrust accreditation, DST
 met strict requirements for business practices and controls that conform to
 standards set forth by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
 (AICPA) and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA).  This
 best-practices audit provides DST with the credential required by the most
 demanding government and business entities.
     "In the fast-growing world of e-business, trust is everything," said Scott
 Lowry, president and CEO of Digital Signature Trust.  "At DST, creating,
 fostering, and maintaining trust for our digital certificate clients is at the
 core of everything we do.  The WebTrust Seal of Assurance is the most
 difficult certification a CA can receive.  By achieving the stringent
 qualifications of WebTrust, and having that conformity audited and confirmed
 by a qualified and reputable third party like Ernst & Young, it further
 justifies our position as a leader in identity authentication,
 confidentiality, and trust."
     According to Joe Schubert, partner at Ernst & Young, "DST is one of the
 select few companies that has been able to meet the exacting requirements of a
 WebTrust Seal for Certification Authorities."
     "It is critical for Certification Authorities to build trust and
 confidence among users of their digital certificates," said Anthony Pugliese,
 vice president of Member Innovation at the AICPA.  "Ernst & Young's WebTrust
 for Certification Authorities report provides independent verification that
 Digital Signature Trust has implemented and is maintaining effective processes
 and controls."
     "We applaud DST for receiving the WebTrust for Certification Authority
 Seal," said Donald G. Ogilvie, executive vice president, American Bankers
 Association.  "With more unknown certificate authorities entering the market,
 banks need assurance that they are dealing with reliable, trustworthy
 companies.  The fact that DST has been independently audited by Ernst & Young
 gives our members the added comfort that DST has taken the necessary steps to
 ensure the security and reliability of the digital certificates issued to and
 used by our members."
     The WebTrust Seal of Assurance for CAs is designed to give e-commerce
 customers confidence that the confidentiality, authentication, integrity, and
 nonrepudiation of their PKI is above reproach.  The standards are audited and
 confirmed by an objective and independent practitioner (such as Ernst & Young)
 before the WebTrust seal is granted.  WebTrust certification is significantly
 more demanding than the more widely sought SAS 70 Service Auditor Report, but
 is quickly becoming the de facto standard demanded by state entities and large
 companies.  For more information on the requirements DST satisfied to receive
 a WebTrust credential, visit www.webtrust.org.
 
     About DST
     Digital Signature Trust (DST) is the leader in guaranteeing the identity
 of individuals and businesses in digital transactions.  By backing the
 strongest identity authentication practices with the industry's leading
 identity warranty program, DST provides the highest level of risk management
 available for private and trusted e-business.  Acting as the
 trusted-third-party, DST provides outsourced digital certificate services so
 businesses can integrate digital signatures into their e-business applications
 quickly and efficiently.  DST is a subsidiary of Zions First National Bank.
 For more information on DST, visit www.trustdst.com.
 
     About TrustID(R)
     DST's TrustID digital certificate program is sponsored exclusively by the
 American Bankers Association, which extends the heritage and trust of the
 banking industry into e-business.  The ABA certificate policy provides the
 foundation for truly interoperable digital credentials.  TrustID is the only
 solution on the market that enables people and organizations to use the same
 digital certificate everywhere because it is designed to be universally
 accepted and recognized.
 
     Digital Signature Trust and TrustID are registered trademarks of DST.
 
 SOURCE  Digital Signature Trust

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