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Comodo Provides RegistryPro with Security Features To Support Launch of .Pro Internet Registry

Professional organizations and individuals are now differentiated by security, high assurance digital certificates and a .pro address

New York – June 3, 2004 – Starting today, professionals may differentiate themselves on the Internet by using a .Pro domain name extension, validating their identity as doctors, lawyers or CPAs and protecting the confidentiality of online communications through the use of digital certificates issued with each new .Pro domain name.

Internet users will now be able to identify legal, medical and accounting web sites, simply by checking for a .Pro extension. .Pro is a new web address extension (like .com, .net, .org) intended to be exclusively used by the professional community. It enables professionals, corporations or organizations providing professional services, to reserve and purchase their own .Pro web address.

Comodo, a global leader in information security and other services, is working with .Pro registry operator RegistryPro, a subsidiary of Chicago-based Web-hosting leader Hostway Corp., to provide the security features of the .Pro top-level domain (TLD).

"We are grateful to RegistryPro for giving us the opportunity to be a part of this historic launch and we applaud the visionary steps that RegistryPro has taken to satisfy the need for higher levels of identity assurance required by the professional community," said James Langman, Senior Business Development Manager for Comodo. "The relationship between a professional organization and its client base, is built on trust – something that's hard to win, but simple to lose. Comodo is delighted to give RegistryPro access to our world renowned innovative security technology and expertise in setting up a cost effective CA infrastructure."

The requirements to comply with major laws – including Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), FISMA (Federal Information Security Management Act) and CSBIA (Californian Security Breach Information Act) demonstrate the growing legislative pressure faced by the professional community over the security of online solutions and services that they deliver and use. With numerous studies now showing a substantial increase in the number of Phishing attacks and identity thefts, confidence in the Internet will be tested in the coming months. As the exclusive operator of the .pro TLD, RegistryPro is the first registry to require enhanced security, thus providing a foundation for professionals who communicate online, and who have security and confidentiality obligations to meet.

About RegistryPro 
RegistryPro, is the exclusive operator of the .Pro Top-Level Domain (TLD) name extension for professionals. The company is the first registry to require enhanced security through the issuance of digital certificates. Registrants are also required to self-certify their professional status in order to obtain a .Pro domain and digital certificate bundled solution. RegistryPro was approved by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in May 2002 to launch the .Pro domain. RegistryPro is owned by Hostway Corporation, a leading provider of web hosting products and services.

The .Pro extension is the first and only domain extension intended exclusively for professionals on the Internet. Using a .Pro domain name as a platform, professionals may obtain additional security features to comply with security and confidentiality obligations (such as attorney-client privilege and doctor-patient confidentiality) and the platform fulfills their need to communicate securely (e.g. for online court, tax and insurance filings) using tools such as encrypted mail. 
Registry Pro can be reached on +1.312.994.7652, Fax: +1.312.236.1958

About Comodo

The Comodo companies provide the infrastructure that is essential in enabling e-merchants, other Internet-connected companies, software companies, and individual consumers to interact and conduct business via the Internet safely and securely. The Comodo companies offer PKI SSLCode SigningContent Verification and Email Certificate; award winning PC Security software;  Vulnerability Scanning services for PCI Compliance; secure e-mail and fax services.   

Continual innovation, a core competence in PKI, and a commitment to reversing the growth of Internet-crime distinguish the Comodo companies as vital players in the Internet's ongoing development. Comodo secures and authenticates online transactions and communications for over 200,000 business customers and 3,000,000 users of our desktop security products. 

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