SOURCE: XRamp Security Services

November 29, 2006 19:30 ET

XRamp Security Services Becomes First Certification Authority to Pass Audit for Issuing New Extended Validation Certificates

New SSL Digital Certificate Security Feature Includes Green Internet Address Bar for Browsers to Prevent Phishing

SAN ANTONIO, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 29, 2006 -- XRamp Security Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of SecureTrust Corporation and a global leader in providing high-quality security solutions for organizations requiring secure communications, today announced that they are the first Certification Authority (CA) to have passed the pre-issuance readiness audit for issuing the new Extended Validation (EV) certificates for Internet browsers.

The audit was performed by the same auditor who manages the annual WebTrust audit and issued XRamp the WebTrust Seal of Approval earlier in the year. The comprehensive audit is the first to provide unified criteria for all CAs. Areas included in the audit were:

-Verification procedures for identity and trustworthiness of all
employees, agents or independent contractors
-Skills training on public key infrastructure (PKI) knowledge
-Separation of validation and authorization duties for issuance of EV
certificates
-Strict documentation and audit trail requirements
-Data security based on a comprehensive data security plan
The new browser security features are expected to take effect at the end of January with the official release of Microsoft Vista, as well as an update to Internet Explorer 7 which will include a URL address bar that turns green to inform users a web site is secure and has a valid EV certificate.

"We're proud to be the first CA to pass this important milestone," said Scott Harris, President of XRamp. "We believe demand will be strong as businesses get on board with these new features that will help advance security for the online community."

About XRamp Security Services

XRamp is a global leader in providing high-quality security solutions for online merchants, universities, government entities, and any organization requiring secure communications. XRamp is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, and has received the AICPA/CICA WebTrust Seal of Assurance for Certification Authorities three years in a row. XRamp has also earned certification from MasterCard/Visa as a PCI-compliant scanning vendor. Since its inception in 2001, XRamp has prospered by offering high-quality security solutions combined with excellent customer and technical support, making XRamp's services one of the best values in the industry. Visit www.XRamp.com for more information.

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