Needham, Massachusetts – (The Hosting News) – July 14, 2006 –
Identity verification solutions and digital certificates for e-business firm, GeoTrust, Inc., has gained nearly 200 customers in education in the past year, accounting for a 61 percent growth in revenue in the education market.
The company counts more than 80 percent of the 50 largest universities, as well as thousands of smaller academic institutions, among its customers. GeoTrust’s education customers include universities such as Columbia University, Duke University and Penn State, as well as municipal school districts including Los Angeles. An increasing number of colleges and universities worldwide are turning to GeoTrust’s Enterprise SSL certificates for network security, True Credentials digital certificates for identity management and certified document security solutions because they provide the cost-effectiveness, ease-of-deployment and flexibility that this community requires.
Nicholas Davis, PKI Administrator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison commented, ”The Internet has delivered many benefits to the higher education environment, but has also posed significant challenges in protecting the university and those communicating with the university. The university uses GeoTrust True Credentials client certificates for securing email, digital signing and document encryption for increased privacy. With GeoTrust we’ve found a solution offering superior value combined with the highest level of security to protect members of the university community.”
The recently released 2006 IT Issues Survey from EDUCAUSE, the association for information technology in higher education, confirms that security is a top concern for IT professionals in education. The annual survey identifies and ranks the issues that IT leaders in higher education see as their most critical challenges. For the first time ever, Security and Identity Management has topped IT funding as the number one IT-related issue in terms of its strategic importance to the institution. The survey results also indicate that Security and Identity Management is the number one issue expected to become even more significant next year.
GeoTrust’s security and identity management solutions are designed to be flexible, easy- to-deploy and cost-effective, featuring a simplified user environment that leverages GeoTrust’s managed PKI certificate services. The solutions provide all the benefits of PKI, such as ubiquity and strong cryptographic encryption, without requiring an organization to have dedicated in-house resources or expertise. GeoTrust’s goal is to make it easy for organizations to integrate GeoTrust’s managed digital certificate functionality into their own operating environments for greater flexibility, accountability and automation of certificate deployments, registration and enrollment processes.
Chris Cramer, IT Security Officer at Duke University added, ”Duke has always maintained a semi-decentralized model for purchasing SSL server certificates. GeoTrust helped us set up a custom ordering solution that allowed us to purchase certificates in bulk and provide central authorization, while allowing individual departments the flexibility to provision the certificates as needed.”
Neal Creighton, CEO of GeoTrust noted, ”Today it is more critical than ever before for colleges and universities to take a proactive approach to securing their networks. Many institutions of higher education are turning to GeoTrust because we have extensive experience in deploying highly secure systems in unique campus environments. We can help them stay within the constraints of their budget without sacrificing any of the functionality or security required to meet their identity management needs.”
Since 2001, GeoTrust has been serving the enterprise, education, government and web-hosting markets with innovative and patented SSL solutions. Enterprise SSL provides organizations that deploy multiple SSL certificates the ability to purchase their certificates in bulk, undergo a strict, high-assurance vetting process, and then allow an administrator to issue certificates as needed within the organization using GeoCenter, a web-based certificate management portal. GeoTrust believes that by leveraging its managed certificate service, organizations save time, money and valuable IT resources. For customers with requirements to secure large volumes of servers, multiple domain names or multi-year certificates, GeoTrust offers varied SSL packages.
GeoTrust is an identity verification and trust service for e-business, and the fastest growing Certificate Authority, according to market research firm Netcraft. Its products include web security services for secure e-commerce transactions, identity verification, managed security services and TrustWatch (http://www.trustwatch.com), a free toolbar and search site that helps consumers recognize whether a site has been verified and is safe for the exchange of confidential information. With more than 100,000 companies worldwide using its technology for online security, according to GeoTrust, it has become the second largest digital certificate provider in the world.
To learn more about GeoTrust, please visit: www.geotrust.com.