Email Security Leader eCert Donates Its Specifications
for the Development of Open Standards to Protect Email
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
eCert Offers its Groundbreaking Technology to Protect the Global Community
May 4, 2011 - San Francisco, Calif
In response to a recent series of heightened attacks on consumer email and data, email security leader eCert, Inc. (www.ecertsystems.com) is taking a major step toward advancing security for email: releasing key specifications of its own service for use in the development of Internet standards for email protection. The donation by eCert of its specifications for the instructions used to process and report on email represents a contribution of years of R&D to create proven technology to protect email. eCert is releasing its technology to accelerate the adoption of standards across the Internet ecosystem to speed protection both for organizations who are at risk for phishing attacks and security breaches, and consumers who are the ultimate victims.
"The recent email-related security breaches targeting major brands and their customers illustrate the urgency of robust email protection standards. We are proud to contribute our technology to standards efforts and look forward to working with our ISP partners and industry leaders to increase the safety of email," said Kelly Wanser, CEO, eCert. "eCert is an innovator in email security and this contribution demonstrates our commitment to driving progress for our customers, our partners and all Internet email users."
eCert is contributing specifications from its Email Protection Identity Cert™ service to help propel efforts to create an industry-wide standard that will benefit major brands, financial institutions, government agencies and consumers worldwide. Established in 2009, the service monitors email traffic, provides critical threat intelligence data, and prevents fraudulent online communications from reaching an end user's inbox. The service is used by many of the country's largest financial institutions, government agencies and major brands to protect their organizations and customers. In 2010, eCert was selected by BITS, a division of the Financial Services Roundtable, and the Financial Services - Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) to operate as the Trusted Email Registry for financial services, extending its capabilities to the U.S. financial services sector.
"With email-based threats more sophisticated and frequent than ever, we are extremely pleased that our partner, eCert, would take this unusual step on behalf of the industry. We have worked with eCert for several years on standards and best practices for email, and appreciate the depth and value that this contribution represents," said Paul Smocer, Executive Vice President, BITS (a division of the Financial Services Roundtable). "We are very pleased that the technology underlying the Trusted Email Registry will be part of broader standards efforts, particularly given the value already seen in these protections for the financial sector and the importance of their widespread adoption."
eCert provides critical protection against email fraud ("phishing") and other threats to enterprises, governments and other major organizations and their customers. eCert's award-winning Email Protection Identity Cert (EPIC) service is the first to support open standards-based email authentication for blocking malicious traffic and now protects over 100m consumers and $50 billion in brand value for several of the country's largest financial institutions and email providers. eCert was founded in 2008 by veterans with experience in email, security and financial services technology. www.ecertsystems.com