The companies will collaborate on extending the use of Legal Entity Identifiers (LEI) for multiple types of digital certificate-based use cases.
Lehi, Utah and London, UK – December 3, 2019 – DigiCert, Inc., the world’s leading provider of TLS/SSL, IoT and PKI solutions, and Ubisecure, a digital identity services provider and accredited Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) issuer through the Global LEI Foundation (GLEIF), today jointly announced their collaboration to help solve organizational identity challenges through the addition of LEIs into future DigiCert offerings. The partnership will also extend the availability of LEIs to DigiCert customers via Ubisecure’s RapidLEI platform.
“DigiCert is excited to work with the Ubisecure team and GLEIF to explore how LEIs can have a positive impact for our customers and their end-users,” said DigiCert CEO John Merrill. “DigiCert has a long history of commitment to confirming identity for digital interactions. Our work with LEIs represents another step to further enhance online trust for various connected ecosystems.”
DigiCert and Ubisecure will explore the identity assurance benefits of LEIs in digital certificates, including for secure email, code signing and certificate-based access control for employees, contractors and other third parties. LEIs offer a standardized, reliable and consistent means of asserting organization identity and ownership and avoiding identity-based collisions. LEIs contain a specific code that is generated based on the company organization type and jurisdiction information. With over 1.5m LEIs in use today, they are fast becoming the de-facto globally recognized organization identifier. Ubisecure is also developing cutting-edge LEI-based services like Right to Represent – an Identity Provider (IdP) service to validate mandated rights of individuals to represent their company.
Paul Tourret, Corporate Development Officer at Ubisecure, said, “As a Certificate Authority with a focus on high-assurance certificates, DigiCert has long understood that being able to assert a verified organizational identity to end users is essential to making the internet a more transparent place to do business. We are honored to be collaborating with the world’s largest Certificate Authority to connect the LEI and CA ecosystems. DigiCert has a well-earned reputation as a responsible and forward-thinking Certificate Authority.”
Stephan Wolf, CEO of GLEIF, said, “The Ubisecure and DigiCert partnership means we see one of the first global Certificate Authorities join the Global LEI System. We are very excited that two technology leaders are working together to extend the availability of LEIs through new solutions. And we see this as an endorsement of how LEIs connect identity ecosystems to simplify legal entity identification in the digital age for the benefit of all stakeholders globally.”
DigiCert is the world’s leading Certificate Authority and one of the original CAs to provide industry requirements and related solutions that assert the value of validated identity, whether that’s organizations, individuals or things. The company has committed to numerous cutting-edge R&D projects around organization identity, quantum computing and IoT device identity, and customers rely on DigiCert to solve complex identity, authentication and encryption challenges.
Ubisecure has been the fastest growing Legal Entity Identifier issuer throughout 2019. Its LEI service, RapidLEI, was founded by Certificate Authority industry veterans previously responsible for launching GeoTrust into Europe and co-founding another of the top global certificate authorities. After exiting that company, the team developed the RapidLEI solution to make LEIs accessible where on-demand, verified organizational identity assurance is essential – including Banking, FinTech, compliance, and now to Certificate Authority (CA) customers and partners.
Standalone LEIs are available to DigiCert customers at www.rapidlei.com/digicert. The companies will continue to collaborate with industry stakeholders on other innovative uses of the LEI.
About the Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF)
Established by the Financial Stability Board in June 2014, the Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF) is a not-for-profit organization created to support the implementation and use of the Legal Entity Identifier (LEI). GLEIF is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland.
GLEIF services ensure the operational integrity of the Global LEI System. GLEIF also makes available the technical infrastructure to provide, via an open data license, access to the full global LEI repository free of charge to users. GLEIF is overseen by the LEI Regulatory Oversight Committee, which is made up of representatives of public authorities from across the globe. GLEIF has obtained the ISO/IEC 20000-1:2011 certification in October 2019 for its Partnership Program Services to the LEI issuing organizations (LOUs). For more information, visit the GLEIF website at https://www.gleif.org/en
Legal Entity Identifier (LEI)
The Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) is a 20-character, alpha-numeric code based on the ISO 17442 standard developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The LEI connects to key reference information that enables clear and unique identification of legal entities participating in financial transactions. Each LEI contains information about an entity’s ownership structure, answering the questions of ‘who is who’ and ‘who owns whom’. It provides a universally recognized identifier paired with essential entity data, rigorous verification processes and high data quality.
About DigiCert, Inc.
DigiCert is the world’s leading provider of scalable TLS/SSL, IoT and PKI solutions for identity and encryption. The most innovative companies, including 89 percent of Fortune 500 companies and 97 out of the 100 top global banks, choose DigiCert for its expertise in identity and encryption for web servers and Internet of Things devices. DigiCert supports TLS and other digital certificates for PKI deployments at any scale through its certificate lifecycle management platform, CertCentral®. The company is recognized for its enterprise-grade certificate management platform, fast and knowledgeable customer support, and market-leading security solutions. For the latest DigiCert news and updates, visit digicert.com or follow @digicert.
Ubisecure is a pioneering provider of b2b and b2c Customer Identity & Access Management (CIAM) solutions. The company provides a powerful Identity Platform to help connect and enrich identity profiles; manage authorization and progressive authentication policies; secure identity, privacy and consent data; and streamline identity-based workflows and decision delegations. Uniquely, Ubisecure’s Identity Platform connects digital services and Identity Providers, such as social networks, mobile networks, banks and governments, to allow Service Providers to use rich, verified identities to create frictionless login, registration and customer engagement while improving privacy and consent around personal data sharing to meet requirements such as GDPR and PSD2. Ubisecure is accredited by the Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF) to issue Legal Entity Identifiers (LEI) under its RapidLEI brand. For the latest Ubisecure news, visit ubisecure.com or follow @ubisecure.