Sectigo (2)

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IndustryComputer Software
Headquarters5 Becker Farm Road,
Roseland, NJ 07068
United States
Area served
Key people
  • Bill Holtz (CEO)
  • Michael Fowler (President)
  • Bill Conner (Chairman)

Sectigo is a global certificate authority formerly named Comodo,[1] which was the third largest issuer of Public key certificate/ digital certificates in the world to secure Internet transactions according to the Netcraft independent survey.[2] Currently, the Datanyze survey lists Sectigo as the largest issuer of digital certificates in the world with 35.46 percent market share for transport layer security and secure transactions through a web browser.[3] The company was purchased by Francisco Partners and spun-out from Comodo in 2017, and was rebranded to Sectigo in November 2018.[4][5]


In October 2017, Francisco Partners acquired Comodo Certification Authority (Comodo CA) from Comodo Security Solutions, Inc. Francisco Partners rebranded Comodo CA in November 2018 to Sectigo.[6] The change in name came one year later after Comodo Certificate Authority (Comodo CA) was acquired by Francisco Partners.[7][8][9]

On June 28, 2018, the new organization announced that it was expanding from TLS/SSL certificates into IoT security with the announcement of its IoT device security platform.[10] The company announced its new headquarters in Roseland, New Jersey on July 3, 2018 and its acquisition of CodeGuard, a website maintenance and disaster recovery company, on August 16, 2018.[11][12]

In May 2019, Sectigo purchased Icon Labs, a security solutions business.[13][14]


In May 2019, Chronicle, a security company, claimed that Sectigo had malware signed by their certifications. Sectigo revealed that the certificates issued were expired or duplicates, triggering false malware warnings.[15]

Sectigo in the Media



  4. "Comodo Sells Certificate Business to Private Equity Firm | SecurityWeek.Com". Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  6. Cimpanu, Catalin. "Google wants to reduce lifespan for HTTPS certificates to one year". ZDNet. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  7. "Comodo Sells Certificate Business to Private Equity Firm | SecurityWeek.Com". Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  8. Murphy, Ian (2018-11-02). "Comodo CA becomes Sectigo and expands to cover IoT -". Enterprise Times. Retrieved 2019-11-21.
  9. Brame, Daniel. "Top SSL Certificates Buyer's Guide". PCmag. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
  10. "Comodo CA launches IoT security platform". BetaNews. 2018-06-28. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  11. Novinson, Michael (2018-08-16). "Comodo CA Buys Website Disaster Recovery Startup CodeGuard". CRN. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  12. Perry, Jessica (2018-07-03). "Comodo CA global HQ coming to Roseland". NJBIZ. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  13. at 16:15, Gareth Corfield 9 May 2019. "Cert authority Sectigo whisks infosec biz Icon Labs into IoT security kit". Retrieved 2020-01-15.
  14. "Sectigo buys Icon Labs to bolster its embedded device security expertise". 451 Research. Retrieved 6 March 2020.
  15. "Sectigo Responds to Chronicle's Report About Malware Signed by Their Certs". BleepingComputer. Retrieved 2019-11-25.

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