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Jersey City, NJ (June 20, 2008) – Comodo , one of the world’s largest Certification Authorities (CA) and a global leader in Identity and Trust Assurance Management solutions announced today that Comodo CEO and Chief Security Architect, Melih Abdulhayoglu received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2008 Award in the Information Technology Software Category in New Jersey. According to Ernst & Young LLP, the award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic, growing businesses. Melih Abdulhayoglu was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a gala event at the Marriott Teaneck at Glenpointe on Thursday June 19, 2008.

” I am deeply honored to be included with such a distinguished group of accomplished entrepreneurs, especially in NJ, well recognized as a center of innovation in business. ” said Comodo CEO and Chief Security Architect, Melih Abdulhayoglu. ” I believe that all entrepreneurs provide the seed for a vision. For the seed to grow, it needs the fertile soil of talented, passionate and committed people. This honor recognizes the accomplishment of the entire Comodo team who I am so proud to be associated with. ”

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards celebrate their 22nd anniversary this year. The program honors entrepreneurs who have demonstrated exceptionality in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

” Ernst & Young is pleased to honor outstanding business leaders such as Melih Abdulhayoglu, ” said Keith Brownlie, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director for New Jersey. ” Winners of the Entrepreneur Of The Year award build leading businesses and contribute a great deal to the communities around them. Their success helps our area grow stronger. ”

As a New Jersey award winner, Melih Abdulhayoglu is eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2008 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 15, 2008. The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

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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.

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Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards are pleased to have the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America as national sponsors. In New Jersey, local sponsors include Platinum Sponsor Marsh, Gold Sponsors Bowne, Curran & Connors and Scherzer International and Silver Sponsors Gibbons P.C, NJBIZ and Withum Smith + Brown.


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