Thursday, October 30, 2008

Comodo Envisions "Trusted Internet"

The Comodo companies, makers of many great freeware application such as Comodo Firewall Pro, has announced their vision of a "Trusted Internet", a state that provides everyone increased online safety by introducing trust into every online interaction.

"We contend daily with the challenge of figuring out who and what to trust online," said CEO and Chief Security Architect of Comodo CA, Melih Abdulhayoglu. "The Internet has yet to achieve its full potential because we cannot tell the fraudsters from our friends. In 2008, Comodo has worked hard to combat this problem."

In Comodo's Trusted Internet, a users PC will automatically be able to find products or information from "reputable", "authenticated" merchants and "subject matter experts". Using Comodo's Trusted Internet tools our PCs will be able to vigorously and proactively defend our identities ensuring, in real time, that our information is safe and has not been compromised. Providing the ability to connect with websites, people and businesses with confidence. Creating a new level of online trust.

Comodo's goal is to deliver these tools to everyone, free of charge, as a what they see is a right not a privilege. "To reach this state, we intend to change behavior and help people move from not using PC security because they can't afford to using PC security because we are giving it away for free."

"In an environment of increasing threats, we must empower all stakeholders within the Internet with tools to deliver the right authentication information quickly at the point of need to protect users and critical assets," said Abdulhayoglu. "The Trusted Internet initiative addresses the industry's and public's most pressing needs for trusted online interactions. It introduces new security and authentication technologies to increase the power of the Internet to improve the lives of millions of people."

The Trusted Internet vision incorporates a variety of authentication and security technologies needed to provide mutual authentication between sites and visitors. Within a Trusted Internet, Comodo empowers users to verify site content, verify site identity, and verify business practices of a site, all while staying safe using a holistic security system that incorporates malware detection, prevention, and removal services.

The architecture of a Trusted Internet includes:
  • Authentication layer
  • Multi-layered security solutions
A) The Authentication Layer
The core technology model for the Trusted Internet is the Comodo Authentication Layer. This architecture incorporates patent-pending technologies with both centralized and distributed authentication processes. This capability harnesses Comodo CA's core competency in PKI for centralized authentication and innovations in creating platforms for harnessing user generated verification intelligence within a distributed authentication structure. Together, this provides for a balanced authentication infrastructure that addresses a diverse set of needs.
Comodo Centralized Authentication Solutions:
Comodo Distributed Authentication Solutions:
  • UserTrust, a free feedback platform for eMerchants
  • TestmyPC, a free resource to assess the efficacy of a PC's security system
B) Multi-layered prevention, detection and remediation security solutions
Comodo Security Solutions has developed efficient security technologies for businesses and end users to address evolving multi-layered threats. The security architecture integrates prevention, detection and remediation technologies critical for effective security. The solutions within this area include:

Over the years Comodo's free utilities and applications have built a great reputation, Comodo Firewall Pro for one is always amongst the top in its class. Over the last year they've extended those applications to include more free tools to insure online safety and protection.
Comodo companies' 2008 releases:

August - Free Secure Email for Consumers
July - Two-factor authentication for Microsoft SharePoint and Outlook Web Access applications
July - Painless PCI Compliance Program
July - Trustix Enterprise Firewall (V4.81)
June - Unified Communications Certificates (UCC)
May - TrustConnect
April - Automated Provisioning Tools for SSL Deployment
March -
March - Trustix Enterprise Firewall
February - AVSmart™ Warranty
February - Firewall Pro (V3.
January - UserTrust

Comodo believes it is through these tools that the Internet and the power of communications will intersect, unleashing new ways for us to communicate, collaborate and exchange ideas.

For more on Comodo’s Trusted Internet checkout their Trusted Internet Manifesto as well as their press release

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