New certificate type prevents malware authors from hiding behind a wall of certificate anonymity
CLIFTON, N.J.– Dec. 22, 2016 — Comodo, a global innovator and developer of cybersecurity solutions and the worldwide leader in digital certificates, today announced that EV Code Signing certificates will be made available in January 2017.
By introducing EV Code Signing certificates to digitally sign applications, legitimate publishers and software authors can now differentiate themselves by giving peace of mind to end users, while malware authors are forced to reveal themselves. Malware authors can no longer hide behind the anonymity wall, as they create malicious code that causes havoc for end users. That privilege has just been revoked by Comodo.
Applications must be digitally signed in order to run on our computers, which hasn’t been the case until recently. That meant anyone could write an application and make it available without end users knowing who created it.
With EV Code Signing Certificates, the bar has been increased to obtain the privilege of being trusted by end users, and rightly so. End users have the right to know that any application that they allow into their computers has been written by an entity that has shown the responsibility of getting itself vetted and verified by a Trusted Authority - Comodo. Now, end users can look for applications using EV Code Signing Certificates from Comodo in order to feel safe and trust the application.
“The luxury of anonymity that has been afforded to malware authors must stop,” said Michael Fowler, president of Comodo CA. “Of course, there is no single silver bullet, but every obstacle we can create for malware authors means there will be less malware to deal with—creating a more secure digital world, one step at a time.”
The Comodo organization is a global innovator of cybersecurity solutions, protecting critical information across the digital landscape. Building on its unique position as the world's largest certificate authority, Comodo authenticates, validates and secures networks and infrastructures from individuals to mid-sized companies to the world's largest enterprises. Comodo provides complete end-to-end security solutions across the boundary, internal network and endpoint with innovative technologies solving the most advanced malware threats, both known and unknown. With global headquarters in Clifton, New Jersey and branch offices in Silicon Valley, Comodo has international offices in China, India, the Philippines, Romania, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit comodo.com.
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