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  • From: Dean Woodbeck <>
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  • Date: Mon, 7 Jun 2010 10:04:44 -0400

InCommon Introduces Certificate Service

Unlimited server and personal certificates at one fixed fee; New service
offered, in partnership with Comodo, as part of expanding InCommon Trust
Service Portfolio

ANN ARBOR, Mich - June 7, 2010 – The InCommon Federation has today announced
the launch of a new trust service that will offer unlimited server and
personal certificates to U.S. colleges and universities. As the first
certificate service of its kind in the U.S., Internet2, which operates
InCommon, is introducing this offering to provide the U.S. higher education
community with a cost-effective means of deploying and operating a more
secure and authenticated online environment for their campus constituencies.
Details are available at

“This new service provides tangible value to the U.S. research and education
community and extends a pathway for innovation on campus,” said John Krienke,
chief operating officer of InCommon. “By offering unlimited SSL certificates,
we’re providing the potential for campuses to significantly reduce their
certificate-related expenses. But at least as important, later this year we
will include unlimited personal certificates, setting the stage for campuses
to more easily adopt important services like signed email and second-factor
authentication. Economics are no longer a limitation for certificate

InCommon is offering this service through a partnership with Comodo CA Ltd.,
a major certification authority and Internet2 industry member. Through the
agreement, U.S. institutions of higher education can purchase unlimited
numbers of certificates for SSL, personal signing, encryption, and code
signing. InCommon partnered with Comodo, in part, because of the successful
implementation of a similar program the company developed with TERENA (the
Trans-European Research and Education Networking Association). The program
launched last year has enabled its NREN members in over 30 European countries
and international public sector organizations to offer certificates powered
by Comodo to all education institutions throughout Europe.

“We are excited about the opportunity to join InCommon in helping millions of
students in colleges and universities across the U.S. to secure their online
experience and communications,” said Melih Abdulhayoglu, chief executive
officer of Comodo. “Enabling students and faculty members with the personal
secure certificate and second factor authentication, whether for email
encryption or for secure access to the university’s internal network, will
prevent security breaches and leak of digital information.”

Any higher education institution with its primary location in the U.S., and
qualifying for an “edu” domain name, is eligible for the program. Internet2
member institutions will receive a 25 percent discount on the Certificate
Service. Institutions must also participate in or join InCommon to take
advantage of the Certificate Service. The service fee schedule is based on an
institution’s classification under the Carnegie Foundation for the
Advancement of Teaching and requires an initial three-year commitment.

The InCommon Certificate Service is testing the program with a small number
of institutions during June 2010. A full rollout of the service is expected
in late summer of 2010. Institutions with expiring certificate agreements
will receive priority, allowing them to avoid service interruptions. The
roots of InCommon's SSL and personal Certificate Authorities are in all of
the major Internet web browsers and devices.

More information is available at or by emailing

InCommon facilitates collaboration through the sharing of protected
network-accessible resources by means of an agreed-upon community trust
fabric. The InCommon Federation, operated by Internet2, provides a
privacy-preserving, secure method for higher education institutions and their
partners to offer single sign-on convenience and standards-based security to
their faculty, researchers, students and staff. Through InCommon, individuals
no longer need to maintain multiple passwords and usernames and online
service providers no longer need to maintain user accounts. The educational
institution manages the level of privacy and security for its constituents.
For more information, see

Internet2 is an advanced networking consortium led by the research and
education community. An exceptional partnership spanning U.S. and
international institutions who are leaders in the worlds of research,
academia, industry and government, Internet2 is developing breakthrough
cyberinfrastructure technologies that support the most exacting applications
of today—and spark the most essential innovations of tomorrow. Led by its
members and focused on their current and future networking needs since 1996,
Internet2 blends its human, IP and optical networks to develop and deploy
revolutionary Internet technologies. For more information see

Comodo® is a leading brand in Internet security. With United States
headquarters in New Jersey and global resources in the United Kingdom, China,
India, Ukraine, and Romania, Comodo provides businesses and consumers
worldwide with security and trust services, including digital certificates,
PCI scanning, desktop security, and remote PC support. Securing online
transactions for over 200,000 businesses, and with more than 25 million
desktop security software installations, including an award-winning firewall
and antivirus software, Comodo is Creating Trust Online®. For more
information, visit

Media Contacts:

For InCommon/Internet2 For Comodo
Lauren Rotman Robin Carley

+1-202-331-5345 +1-201-963-0004 x4073

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