SOURCE: ScanAlert

April 11, 2007 07:10 ET

ScanAlert and VeriSign to Offer Bundled HACKER SAFE Certification With VeriSign Extended Validation SSL Certificates

New Secure and Safe "Seal" Combination Will Offer Best Practice Security to eCommerce Websites

NAPA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 11, 2007 -- ScanAlert, the world's largest website security certification service, and VeriSign, Inc., the leading provider of digital infrastructure for the networked world, today announced that ScanAlert's HACKER SAFE® certification can be bundled at discount with VeriSign's Extended Validation Secure Sockets Layer (EV SSL) certificates.

The combined use of VeriSign's EV SSL and ScanAlert's HACKER SAFE certification will help maximize sales conversions for all ecommerce merchants by addressing the security concerns of online shoppers:

--  All VeriSign and GeoTrust SSL customers are now eligible for a 10%
    discount on HACKER SAFE certification
--  HACKER SAFE merchants are eligible through ScanAlert for a 25%
    discount on all VeriSign and GeoTrust SSL certificates, including the new
    EV SSL certificates
"VeriSign Extended Validation SSL Certificates and HACKER SAFE vulnerability scanning used in tandem are an excellent combination for sites wishing to employ best-of-breed security to protect their visitors," said Tim Callan, director of product marketing SSL, VeriSign.

According to a 2006 report from Jupiter Research, assurances regarding the security of personal financial information influence the purchasing decisions of 62% of online shoppers.

"With consumers everywhere concerned about the safety of online transactions, we're excited to partner with VeriSign to offer merchants the one-two punch they need to succeed online," noted ScanAlert Director of Business Development Cresta Pillsbury. "By increasing security, peace of mind, and transactions, this partnership brings online merchants what they need to succeed on today's security conscious Internet."

"Because of the highly visible nature of the green address bar, the VeriSign Secured Seal, and the HACKER SAFE seal, testing demonstrates that using these services on an ecommerce site can increase consumer confidence and increase the likelihood of any given visit resulting in a transaction," said Callan.

"In fact, A/B tests conducted by over 600 websites have shown an average of 14% more sales from shoppers seeing the HACKER SAFE certification mark," added Pillsbury. "When used together, they form a 'super seal' of security best practices, and a powerful tool to increase online transactions."


HACKER SAFE is the world's most recognized assurance of Internet security. Using its patent pending technology, ScanAlert conducts daily security audits to certify clients to the HACKER SAFE standard. Websites meeting the standard can then promote their certified security to site visitors by placing the HACKER SAFE certification trustmark on their sites. As long as the standard is met, ScanAlert continues to serve a date-stamped image from its network to the site.

Pricing and Availability

To enable every online merchant to implement maximal levels of transaction and data security, these discounts are only available to websites implementing both VeriSign's Extended Validation SSL (EV SSL) certificates and ScanAlert HACKER SAFE certification service. ScanAlert will offer all existing VeriSign or GeoTrust SSL certificate holders purchasing an annual HACKER SAFE subscription a 10% discount on HACKER SAFE, as well as a 25% discount on any EV SSL upgrades. Discounts are automatically applied at the time of purchase and remain in effect as long as purchasers remain in both programs.

About ScanAlert, Inc.

ScanAlert secures organizations of all sizes against threats to their network infrastructure and then certifies them to the HACKER SAFE standard -- the world's Internet security benchmark. Offered as a Software as a Service (SaaS) solution, HACKER SAFE certification is used by more than 75,000 organizations, including well over half of the 500 largest online retailers in the USA. ScanAlert also operates HACKER SAFE Labs, the industry's only research group focused on ecommerce application security. More information is available at

NOTE: ScanAlert and HACKER SAFE are registered trademarks of ScanAlert, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and/or other countries. All other registered and unregistered trademarks herein are the sole property of their respective owners. ©2007 ScanAlert, Inc. All rights reserved.

Contact Information

  • ScanAlert Contact:
    Nigel Ravenhill
    Dir of Marketing Communications
    Tel: 707-224-7656 X1111