SOURCE: ChosenSecurity

February 05, 2007 09:00 ET

ChosenSecurity Selected by National Notary Association to Safeguard Electronic Identities for High-Value, Confidential Documents

Secure Notarization Renders Mortgage Transactions Safer and Tamper-Evident

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 5, 2007 -- RSA CONFERENCE -- ChosenSecurity, Inc., a leading specialist in identity verification and security services, today announced that the National Notary Association (NNA) has selected ChosenSecurity to provide identity verification and document security technology to empower an expanded Electronic Notary Seal (ENS™) program for notaries public. Electronic notarization provides a digital certificate that confirms a notary's commission and is accessible only through its designated notary. Its use can speed submission of sensitive documents to financial institutions and help prevent forgeries.

ChosenSecurity's work with the NNA builds on that of its GeoTrust heritage. The original National eNotary Registry and Electronic Notary Seal Program was rolled out one year ago in Pennsylvania. Its popularity there among notaries and their customers, as well as time and cost savings, have led the NNA to make the program available in additional states, including California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.

"Over the past year, we've been gratified to see a strong reception for the ENS program and are rapidly broadening the program to reach more notaries public," said Richard Hansberger, Director of eNotarization at the National Notary Association. "We chose to further our relationship with ChosenSecurity based on the company's technology, but also its demonstrated expertise in securing sensitive documents and understanding the issues surrounding online financial transactions."

The NNA recently worked with the Mortgage Bankers Association to achieve SISAC (Secure Identity Services Accreditation Corporation) accreditation for the electronic notarization program. SISAC accreditation assures lenders and their customers that the NNA's system is secure enough to be used with even the most sensitive financial documents. Leading mortgage lenders and title insurers are using the NNA's Electronic Notary Seal (ENS™) Program. The SISAC accreditation has been a desired goal of these NNA partners to provide secure identity management services through the ENS program.

Use of electronic versions of documents, rather than paper, offers several advantages, including speed of transmission, flexibility in use and easy long-term storage. The ENS seal secures these documents to help stop forgeries and other types of fraud. Once affixed, the seal renders the document tamper-evident by marking the moment when the notary authenticated it. If someone later attempts to alter the document, subsequent viewers are alerted of the tampering.

"Mortgage lenders, like many businesses, understand the value inherent in moving toward electronic documents," said Steve Pace, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations at ChosenSecurity. "Challenges associated with transitioning sensitive information toward electronic documents have included ensuring that the information isn't intercepted as it crosses public networks and that the documents remain unaltered. ChosenSecurity is unique in its ability to provide a security solution that addresses both of these issues."

About the NNA

The National Notary Association (NNA), the preeminent organization for America's 4.5 million Notaries Public, is committed to the professional development of Notaries throughout the United States by providing education, support and advocacy. Established in 1957, The NNA educates law makers, businesses and state officials on best notarial practices and leads efforts to make necessary changes in state and federal frameworks. For more information, see

About ChosenSecurity, Inc.

ChosenSecurity, Inc. is a leading specialist in identity verification and security services that ensure safe and secure online communication and transactions. Since 1997, the company, previously a subsidiary of GeoTrust, has offered certificates and security solutions along the entire value chain of identity verification. The ChosenSecurity portfolio includes certificates that enable secure access to and encryption of transactions and data; technology for the reliable authentication of users, applications and computers; PKI and SmartCard solutions that secure access to corporate networks and applications; managed security services; and comprehensive consulting services. With over 3,500 customers across the globe and headquartered in Needham, MA, ChosenSecurity is a true leader of certification service providers at the forefront of identity management. For additional information, please visit

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