The Origins of Entrust

With a storied history that dates back to 1994, Entrust remains one of the most steadfast security vendors in the market. Through climate shifts and dot-com booms and busts, Entrust solutions and services are trusted by more and more organizations.

Today, Entrust provides identity-based security solutions that empower enterprises, consumers, citizens and websites in more than 5,000 organizations spanning 85 countries. This approach offers the right balance between affordability, expertise and service. With more than 125 patents granted and pending, these world-class solutions include strong authentication, fraud detection, digital certificates, SSL and PKI.

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The Beginning

Entrust Certificate Services was born in 1999 with the launch of this site — entrust.net. Entrust received cross-certification from Thawte, which was purchased by VeriSign (now owned by Symantec) less than a year later.

The Move to Green

In 2007, the release of the Entrust EV Multi-Domain SSL Certificate was an important milestone. It represented strong market growth and the commitment to research, development and innovation.

And while we can't lay claim to issuing the first-ever EV SSL certificate, we were the first to "go green" in Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7. Really to just let everyone know we were here to stay.

Entrust SSL — Growing Fast

Although we made our mark with the first commercially available public key infrastructure (PKI) in 1994, Entrust Certificate Services is one of our fastest-growing segments. And it's easy to see why — better service and attractive prices from a trusted name in security.

One of Many Firsts

Entrust was the first commercial certification authority (CA) to be WebTrust for CA-certified in 2001. And, remarkably, the first to be WebTrust for EV-certified in 2007.

And Entrust also is a founding member of the CA/Browser (CAB) Forum — a consortium of browser and security vendors that set standards and guidelines for Web integrity — that first met in May 2005. Entrust has chaired the CAB Forum continuously since November 2005.