SOURCE: Authentication and Online Trust Alliance

May 01, 2008 09:56 ET

AOTA Announces Second Annual Online Safety Leadership Awards Recognizing Best Practices Promoting Consumer Safety & Brand Protection

Final Call for Nominations; Awards to Be Presented at Authentication and Online Trust Summit, June 4-6

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - May 1, 2008) - Today, the Authentication and Online Trust Alliance (AOTA) announced the final call for nominations for its second annual Online Safety Leadership Awards. This program provides recognition to those companies and organizations that are demonstrating leadership in online safety and aiding in the online trust ecosystem. Award winners will be honored at the Authentication and Online Trust Summit and the AOTA Email Trust Academy being held June 4-6, in Seattle, WA.

"This program recognizes industry, government and business leaders for their commitment to online safety," said Craig Spiezle, chairman and founder of AOTA. "Best practices are essential for enhancing online trust and confidence, and we need to increase adoption by all stakeholders including ISPs, marketers and service providers, to protect the online trust ecosystem."

Winners in the 2007 inaugural awards program included Bank of America, Alt-N, Bell Canada, Microsoft, PayPal and TRUSTe. This year, AOTA is seeking companies that excel in their adoption of innovative technologies, commitment to user and employee education and dedication to working with government and law enforcement. Nominees will also be awarded points for industry and business collaboration as well as other achievements in online safety.

Nominations can be made through May 16, 2008. Judging of the Online Safety Leadership Awards will be completed by representatives of the AOTA steering committee, and the awards will be divided into four categories: ecommerce, international, small business and non-profit.

To download the nomination form, visit Winners will be announced at the closing session of the Summit on Thursday, June 5th.

About The Authentication and Online Trust Alliance (AOTA):

Founded in October 2004, the mission of AOTA is to foster the elimination of email and Internet fraud, abuse and data intrusions, thereby enhancing online trust, confidence and online protection of businesses and consumers. AOTA represents over one million businesses and 500 million users worldwide, with members in Brazil, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, Romania, Singapore and the United States. AOTA is a 501c6 IRS-approved non-profit, governed by a Board and Steering Committee including the Bank of America, BoxSentry, Datran Media, Epsilon, Goodmail Systems, Habeas, Iconix, Internet Identity, IronPort (a division of Cisco Systems), MarkMonitor, Message Systems, Microsoft Corporation, MX Logic, Return Path, Symantec Corporation and VeriSign.

For the full agenda and to register for the Authentication and Online Trust Summit, visit Accredited press may attend at no charge by contacting

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