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VeriSign sells its PKI/SSL business to Symantec

Quick. What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the name “VeriSign?” Right, SSL and digital certificates.

VeriSign sold off its Authentication Services business to Symantec and is apparently now focusing on its network infrastructure and domain registrar businesses. For me, it’s weird to think of VeriSign without the PKI aspect. It’s also incongruent to have a PKI-related name like “VeriSign” mean anything but PKI now. Good thing they’re already an established company, I guess.

Frankly, I don’t know why I felt compelled to write about this other than it seems so humorous to me. The best part, though, is that selling to Symantec “delivers on [the] request” of its customers to have their “offerings integrated into a larger services suite.” Puh-leeze. I’m thinking it was Symantec’s cool $1.3B that REALLY delivered.


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