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QuoVadis Wins Contract for Swiss Universities
14 Jul 2008

QuoVadis has been awarded an extensive contract to provide SSL digital certificates to the higher education system in Switzerland through the SWITCH Foundation, a central provider of high performance network and security technologies.

Founded in 1987, SWITCH operates the Swiss Academic and Research Network serving federal technical colleges, cantonal universities, colleges of higher education, and similar organisations across Switzerland. It also operates the registry for Web domain names ending in .ch and .li.

With the QuoVadis contract, SWITCH will extend the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) services it already provides to its members. SSL certificates are used to encrypt communications for privacy between devices and web servers, as well as to securely identify who owns or controls those devices on large networks like the Internet.

Among other QuoVadis services, SWITCH will adopt the new Extended Validation SSL (also known as EV SSL) for the first time, providing a higher level of confidence in the identity and legitimacy of the certificate holder. New browser versions provide special enhanced security indicators for EV SSL that highlight the name of the device owner, helping users avoid phishing and other internet attacks.

“As we expand internationally, QuoVadis has developed an array of web-based tools – called Trust/Link – to help us provision large customers like SWITCH. Trust/Link allows big organisations to balance control and flexibility in their use of digital certificates across many user groups,” said Stephen Davidson, head of service development for QuoVadis.

In Bermuda, QuoVadis has provided SSL certificates at no charge to local schools for several years to foster the use of security technology. Beneficiary schools include Berkeley, BHS, Bermuda College, Cedarbridge, Saltus, Somersfield, and Warwick Academy.