It's not always about money. Judy Shapiro, Vice President of Marketing for Comodo Group, said her company's goal is to secure every PC on the planet - for free. To that end, Comodo, an identity and trust assurance solutions provider, launched the Trusted Internet Initiative (TII) to evaluate online security in schools and assist parents, educators and administrators in keeping students safer on the Internet.
Like the HackerGuardian PCI Plus Daily Scanning solution Comodo began offering in 2007, TII provides extended validation (EV) secure sockets layer (SSL) certification.
An EV SSL certificate confirms that a Web site is genuine, is not a phishing site and uses encryption to safeguard information. The TII is designed to keep sensitive student data like personal information, grades and test scores inaccessible to unauthorized users.
"People believe if they have online security software they are safe, but you can't be secure without authentication," Shapiro said.
"You may lock the door to your house as a security measure, but the door is no longer enough by itself. Authentication is knowing who is at your door before you open it."
Comodo developed a two factor solution that requires end-users or merchants to prove who they are two different ways.
"At Comodo, we take the approach of being the bouncer in an exclusive computer club - except that we don't let anybody in unless we can verify who they are," Shapiro said.
Comodo specializes in online certification. "Unprotected machines can attack us even though we have protection," Shapiro said.
"In order for the Internet to work it's got to work for everybody. When the Web started, everyone focused on access. Who gave thought to a criminal element developing? But in today's Internet society, one must assume everyone is bad. Unless they are known, they can't be trusted."
Melih Abdulhayoglu, Chief Executive Office and Chief Security Architect of Comodo, takes a philosophical approach regarding the company's new initiative.
"Someone once said to me, 'Responsible people should make as much money as possible because they do responsible things with it.' We try to make sure that everyone benefits from what we have so the future is secure for all Internet users."
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