DigiCert Security Summit Highlights Growth, Innovation Amid Pandemic

Automation will be a big focus for DigiCert the rest of the year.

Edward Gately, Senior News Editor

April 20, 2021

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Tuesday’s virtual DigiCert Security Summit highlighted a year of strong growth despite challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

John Merrill, DigiCert’s CEO, kicked off the secure sockets layer (SSL) certificate provider’s annual summit. The theme of this year’s summit is “Level Up.”

DigiCert is the largest certificate authority with about 600,000 different businesses using its certificates globally, he said. In addition, it secures 26 billion connections every day.


DigiCert’s John Merrill

“We have 89% of the Fortune 500 as customers who use our services,” Merrill said. “We have 97% of the largest banks that use DigiCert services.”

DigiCert is “very technology focused,” he said.

Avesta Hojjati is head of R&D at DigiCert.

“Together with our partners’ support, DigiCert has completed important migration of end-customers to CertCentral,” he said. “With this completed in 2020, our focus in 2021 is on automation for all certificates and innovating new products and solutions that they can add to their portfolio.”

DigiCert experienced strong growth during the pandemic, even amid adverse conditions and a major migration initiative, Hojjati said.


DigiCert’s Avesta Hojjati

“Our partners played a key role in this success, as we worked closely together to provide tools for migration and business continuity,” he said. “We deployed the necessary resources to validate end-customer certificate requests and keep pandemic-related disruptions very minimal. We grew together during the pandemic and look forward to an exciting year ahead.”

“This was a year that DigiCert moved faster than anyone has in this industry ever,” Merrill said. “And it was a reflection of the hard work of our people, and we’re very pleased about that. But we are not satisfied.”

Partners and customers can expect big things from DigiCert in 2021, he said.

Scroll through our slideshow above for more highlights from the summit.

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About the Author(s)

Edward Gately

Senior News Editor, Channel Futures

As news editor, Edward Gately covers cybersecurity, new channel programs and program changes, M&A and other IT channel trends. Prior to Informa, he spent 26 years as a newspaper journalist in Texas, Louisiana and Arizona.

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