Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced that it achieved the largest overall SSL certificate growth, with a gain of 10,400 total certificates, according to the January 2012 Netcraft Survey. Symantec also leads the growing extended validation (EV) SSL market with a market share of 65.6 percent, further demonstrating that when it comes to web security, the majority of organizations online rely on Symantec and its brands (VeriSign, Thawte, GeoTrust, RapidSSL).
EV SSL adoption continues to grow at an astounding rate. Year over year growth of installed EV SSL certificates is up by 52.25 percent from January 2011. Symantec is the EV SSL provider of choice, maintaining a 65.6 percent share of EV SSL market. Netcraft’s January 2012report also shows that Symantec has more active EV SSL certificates in use across the web than all other Certificate Authorities combined.
The January report follows a year riddled with high-profile attacks and targeting of Certificate Authorities—attacks that highlight the need for a strong, reliable, and responsible Certificate Authority community. The increasing popularity of SSL certificates and EV SSL certificates, as reflected in this month’s report, confirms that consumers and organizations are taking the necessary extra steps to protect themselves from malware, data breaches and other IT security threats.