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Intercosmos Media Group signs exclusive SSL partnership with Comodo

directNIC joins Zipa to offer Instant SSL Certificates

directNIC New York - 08 December 2003 — The world's fastest growing SSL Certification Authority, Comodo, has today announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with directNIC to provide SSL certificates to directNIC customers. Together with the recent signing of Zipa as a Comodo partner, today's announcement means that the entire Intercosmos Media Group now exclusively offers Comodo's Instant SSL Certificate solutions.

New Orleans-based directNIC is one of the world's top 5 domain registrars and led the industry in offering affordably priced domain names, balanced by high quality customer service and support. Since November 2000 directNIC has been ranked by Top9.com web rankings as the No. 1 ranked domain registrar for attracting unique visitors to its site, ahead of Network Solutions and Register.com. directNIC is the domain registration arm of Intercosmos Media Group, Inc. with Zipa LLC, also a Comodo partner, undertaking web hosting operations. Intercosmos has a turnover in excess of $14m and has registered over 1.7 million domains.

Sigmund Solares, CEO, Intercosmos Media Group remarked "directNIC continues to be a leader in the domain registration industry by placing superior customer support and top notch services within the reach of everyone's budgets. With both directNIC and Zipa partnering with Comodo the path is set for all Intercosmos customers to obtain cost-effective certificates that don't compromise on quality or service."

"The decision by Intercosmos to partner with Comodo is a tremendous validation of our products and services" commented Steve Roylance, Technical Marketing Director, Comodo Group. "This partnership opens up a huge number of customers to the benefits of fully-validated SSL certificates, with a very positive knock-on effect on the trust and confidence placed by all web users on e-transactions."

Comodo, through its InstantSSL range (Instantssl.com), is the only Certification Authority offering low cost, fully-validated SSL Certificates with warranties. Comodo employs a stringent yet highly efficient policy of full two-step validation for all SSL Certificates, verifying both domain name ownership and company legitimacy as part of the issuance process to ensure a safe and secure e-commerce infrastructure. Since the launch of InstantSSL in March 2002, Comodo has signed partnerships with over 1600 leading E-Commerce providers.

About Comodo:

Comodo, is the leading WebTrust-compliant enterprise solutions provider for E-commerce Security Solutions. Firmly established in the market, Comodo markets a range of innovative products and services developed by its dedicated research lab delivering software, hardware, secure messaging and certificate-based security.

Comodo offers its SEEOST Secure Enterprise Extensible Operating System for integrated network security, together with secure Linux applications delivered via its Trustix™ brand, SIDENT next generation ASIC, Instant SSL Certificate for securing web servers and patented web site verification and identity solutions. For product information please contact + 1.888.266.6361 or + 1.703.581.6361 or visit the Comodo Home Page at Comodo.com.