Jersey City, NJ, November 13, 2007 - Comodo, a global Certification Authority and leading security company announced today its support for the expansion of Covenant House's 17th Annual International Candlelight Vigil for Homeless Youth which begins on Thursday, November 15. This campaign is meant to shine light on an urgent problem of homelessness among children around the world. By providing support for this initiative, Comodo and Covenant House hopes hundreds of new locations will join the vigils it traditionally hosts at its 21 locations in North and Latin America.
According to Covenant House President Sister Tricia Cruise, S.C., " Homelessness threatens the most vulnerable in society, our children and teenagers. Broken homes, poverty, abuse and neglect force our youth into desperate and life-threatening circumstances. We must unite to end this international tragedy ." In the US alone, there are over 1.3 million homeless youth at some time throughout the year and 200,000 homeless youth on any given day. Almost 40 percent of the homeless in the US are under the age 18. Nearly 5,000 homeless youth die from assault, illness or suicide each year and 57 percent of homeless youth do not eat at least one day a month. The Candlelight Vigil is the beginning of a concerted effort to address this global crisis and coincides with National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (Nov. 12-18).
" We hope that by bringing international public attention to the issue through our extensive network of customers, channel partners and users, we can make a real difference to help kids by raising awareness and funds to help improve the futures of these homeless children, " said Melih Abdulhayoglu, CEO and Chief Security Architect of Comodo.
Covenant House has created a host of ways to support this effort including hosting a local vigil, lighting "virtual" candles and purchasing event branded merchandise.
For more information about the November 15th Candlelight Vigil, please visit; candlelight.covenanthouse.org/
Covenant House provides a community of hope and healing to homeless youth. In 2007, Covenant House reached nearly 66,000 homeless children, offering them food, shelter and other services with the hope of giving them the chance to create a more positive future for themselves. Founded in 1972, Covenant House is the largest privately funded agency in the Americas providing services to homeless kids. Covenant House provides 24/7 crisis care and on-going support for young people in need of a safe haven. Over one million young people have been helped by Covenant House with immediate assistance (food and shelter) and the support necessary to transition from a life on the streets to a life with a future (counseling, health services, substance abuse intervention, legal services, spiritual guidance, educational and vocational opportunities, life-skills training, etc.). Resources for homeless youth can be found at covenanthouse.org .
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 SSL , Code Signing , Content 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.
For additional information on Comodo - Creating Trust Online® visit Comodo.com
For more information, reporters and analysts may contact:
Comodo -- Creating Trust Online®
+1 (201) 963 0004 x4073