DigiCert Launches Kernel-Mode Code Signing Digital Certificates

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Compatible with Microsoft, new certificates broaden company’s recognized “best in class” SSL certificates to kernel-mode software programmers and engineers

Today, DigiCert, Inc., an online security provider for many of the most recognized brands and websites in the world, announced that its code signing high-assurance digital certificates are now compatible with Microsoft kernel-mode software. With this extension to its growing product suite, DigiCert becomes one of just a handful of global Certificate Authorities (CA) to offer this service. Microsoft requires developers to digitally sign kernel-mode software for its Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems prior to installation.

“DigiCert continues to broaden its product offerings in response to consumer demand for code signing certificates that are compatible with various operating systems,” said DigiCert Chief Operations Officer Nicholas Hales. “We recognize that today’s network engineers and software developers face increasing responsibilities and security concerns; as with all of our products and services, DigiCert’s kernel-mode certificates are available at competitive rates backed by value-added features and unmatched customer support to increase the efficiency and productivity of the IT department.”

Kernel-mode certificates allow users to digitally sign software and device drivers, which in turn proves identity to users and protects software from being modified after creation. Failing to digitally sign kernel-mode software with a certificate from a reliable third-party leads to a warning in Windows that prevents users from installing any code. DigiCert kernel-mode code signing certificates support Silverlight 4 and work with ActiveX controls, plug-ins and other executables, and they include an optional timestamp to show when the code was signed.

The world’s third-largest issuer of high-assurance digital certificates, DigiCert continues to expand market share through a company focus on enhanced customer value—recently recognized with Frost & Sullivan’s “Best in Class” award—and unmatched support. With the company’s kernel-mode signing, customers get the same quick installation and customer support they have come to expect from a knowledgeable team that is available 24/7 via phone or chat.

About DigiCert, Inc.
DigiCert is a premier online trust provider of enterprise security solutions with an emphasis on authentication, PKI and high-assurance digital certificates. Headquartered in Lindon, Utah, DigiCert is trusted by a continually growing clientele of more than 50,000 of the world’s leading government, finance, education and Fortune 500® organizations. DigiCert has been recognized for its excellence in customer support and the workplace, and was applauded for its value-added product features with the 2011 Frost & Sullivan Customer Value Enhancement Award for SSL Certificates. For the latest news and updates on DigiCert, visit http://www.digicert.com, like DigiCert on Facebook® or follow Twitter® handle @digicert.

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