MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/13/13 -- Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) unveiled new updates to its Website Security Solutions portfolio with innovative and comprehensive capabilities to meet the increasing security and performance needs for connected businesses. The WSS strategy focuses on protecting companies, meeting compliance requirements, improving performance and reducing infrastructure costs. The end result is to deliver trusted shopping, trusted advertising and trusted applications for businesses and their customers. The company also announced the first available multi-algorithm SSL certificates with new ECC and DSA options. These offerings will help organizations protect their web eco-systems and strengthen the foundation of trust online.
Read more detailed blog post: Algorithm Agility ECC & DSA Blog
"As companies execute their web strategies, they face increased complexities in protecting their business in a world of Internet-connected things," said Fran Rosch, Vice President Identity and Authentication Services, Symantec. "Website Security Solutions can solve their unique challenges with first-to-market solutions, ECC- and DSA-powered certificates, to secure and accelerate their business."
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To stay ahead of new and sophisticated cyber threats, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recommends all websites to migrate from RSA 1024-bit to 2048-bit certificates by January 1, 2014. Symantec began transitioning customers to its RSA 2048-bit SSL certificates last year. With today's announcement, the company broadens its SSL portfolio with new security algorithms to address this requirement with increased protection and performance.
ECC Algorithms Faster and Stronger
Symantec is the first CA to offer commercially available SSL certificates using Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) and Digital Signature Algorithm (DSA). ECC is currently scheduled to be available in Symantec Managed PKI for SSL first half of 2013. Based on internal testing(1), ECC advancements deliver the following advantages:
•Greater security as Symantec ECC will be 10,000 times harder to break than an RSA 2048-bit key based on industry computation methods. Symantec 256-bit ECC certificates offer the equivalent security of a 3072-bit RSA certificate. •Improved server performance during peak loads with the ability to process more requests per second with lower CPU utilization, which becomes more important as mobile and tablet adoption place increasing demands on web infrastructure. •Improved server-to-desktop performance and response time. Internal testing showed a server with an RSA certificate handled 450 requests per second with an average response time of 150 milliseconds to the desktop clients. The server with an ECC certificate under the same conditions netted an average response of just 75 milliseconds.
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