Comodo CA (Certificate Authority) has rebranded to Sectigo. This has been the largest commercial SSL certificate authority in the world. Many exciting things have been happening with this SSL authority since October 2017 when Francisco Partners acquired it.
Some of the milestones that Sectigo has managed to accomplish since October 2017 include:
1. Expanding business beyond the core TLS/SSL digital certificate as follows:
• IoT Manager – Sectigo launched its IoT device security platform to defend devices and networks against cyberattacks through strong PKI digital identity, serving a range of industries and applications including industrial automation, medical devices, automotive, telecommunications, smart cities/smart buildings, and consumer electronics.
• Standards Leadership – They established global industry memberships to advance industry standards from WiMAX Forum, GSMA, Zigbee, OCF, and Joint Venture – Silicon Valley.
• CodeGuard, Inc. – Acquired CodeGuard, a global leader in website maintenance, backup, and disaster recovery. CodeGuard, which maintains its brand, has since expanded to six locations in EMEA and APAC to meet international demand and expects to see 100 percent YoY (Year Over Year) growth.
• Certificate Manager 6.0 – Released advanced features for managing all enterprise certificate requirements from one interface: automated discovery and adoption of certificates issued by SSL vendors, Active Directory Certificate Services, automated enrollment, and renewals under administrator control of Public SSL, Private SSL, user, mobile device, SMIME, and IoT certificates, using industry standard protocols.
2. Geographic Expansion and Top Industry Talent
Since its acquisition, Sectigo opened a new corporate headquarters in Roseland, NJ and a new development center in Ottawa, Canada, to accommodate additional R&D and quality assurance capabilities and deliver services in fifteen different languages. The company expanded headcount by 17% across offices globally, adding industry veterans to its leadership team and surpassing 230 employees.
3. New Website and Online Resources
As part of the rebrand, Sectigo has made significant technology investments to deliver new web properties where businesses of all sizes can conveniently buy business security products, including a full range of SSL certificates. The company’s new flagship site, Sectigo.com, provides a more modern experience, with intuitive navigation, streamlined checkout, a suite of payment options, wide-ranging products and services information, and improved online support.
Sectigo debuts with a YouTube channel offering a series of helpful videos, including a company introduction. The Sectigo Blog also provides answers to FAQs about what’s changing, and not changing, with the company’s products and services.
Their Logo also changed with the rebranding:
Comodo CA works with at least 700,000 businesses globally. This is how they have managed to issue over 100 million SSL certificates. In their announcement through a press release, the company cited avoidance of confusion as the main reason for their rebranding.
Comodo CA was sold out to Francisco Partners from the Comodo Group. Having the certificate authority continue with the same name, ‘Comodo CA’ would have brought confusion with the previous owner. Francisco Partners hence saw it better to rebrand to Sectigo now that the product was independent from the Comodo Group.
This is what Bill Holtz, CEO, Sectigo said on the press release,
“By rebranding as Sectigo, we are emphasizing our expansion beyond SSL to IoT and web security and announcing our commitment to making the internet more secure, as well as safe – for businesses and consumers alike. We’re focused on delivering solutions that rethink norms and advance the industry as a whole, and plan to become the world’s most trusted, innovative, and customer-centric partner for securing every website, transaction, communication, and connected device.”
The company assured the clients already using Comodo CA that they don’t need to make any changes to their certificates even with the rebranding. However, once the transition is completely done, these two sites will be faced out, sss.comodo.com and www.comodoca.com. This is already done. However, for those who had the Comodo certificate already installed, they continue to show on their sites changing only when the process is over.
Comodo CA rebranding to Sectigo does not really affect the users. This is because there is actually no extra or special effort that is required from the user. The Certificate authority changing from Comodo CA to Sectigo was taken care of by the company. The prices did not change and neither was the security aspect affected.