Verisign Named a Top Trusted Website in OTA’s 2013 Online Trust Honor Roll

Blog Moderator | Jun 05, 2013

Just in time for Internet Safety Month, we are pleased to announce that Verisign is a recipient of the Online Trust Alliance (OTA) 2013 Online Trust Honor Roll for demonstrating exceptional data protection, privacy and security in an effort to better protect our customers and brand from the increased threats of cybercriminals.  

OTA, a nonprofit organization that works collaboratively with industry leaders to enhance online trust, completed comprehensive audits analyzing more than 750 domains and privacy policies, approximately 10,000 webpages and more than 500 million emails for this report.  The composite analysis included over a dozen attributes focusing on 1) site and server security, 2) domain, brand, email and consumer protection and 3) privacy policy and practices.  

In addition to the in-depth analysis of the recipient’s websites, Domain Name Systems (DNS), outbound emails, and public records were also analyzed for recent data breach incidents and FTC settlements.  Key sectors audited include the Internet Retailer 500, FDIC 100, Top 50 Social Sites as well as OTA members.

“Consumers are trading billions of pieces of personal data in exchange for desired services. They rely on the integrity of the businesses collecting and storing this information to protect them,” said Craig Spiezle, president and executive director of the Online Trust Alliance.  “We are very pleased with the voluntary level of adoption many consumer-facing websites implemented this year that went above and beyond baseline compliance.”

Nearly a third of the companies reviewed made the Honor Roll, including Verisign. The report indicates that company size and/or sales are not true measures of the level of security and privacy a company implements.  “All companies are equally evaluated by the same criterion regardless of size.  We have seen large e-retailers with significant sales fail to make the Honor Roll; conversely we have seen small to mid-size companies taking top grades,” said Spiezle.

Started in 2005 as an effort to drive adoption of best practices, the objectives of the Honor Roll are to: 

  1. Recognize leadership and commitment to best  practices which aid in the protection of online trust and confidence in online services
  2. Enable businesses to enhance their security, data protection and privacy practices
  3. Move from compliance to stewardship, demonstrating support of meaningful self-regulation
  4. Promote security and privacy as part of a company’s brand promise and value proposition 

To review the full 2013 Honor Roll report, download a free copy at: https://otalliance.org/2013honorroll.html