The majority of Comodo Certification Authority (CA) shares were sold to Francisco Partners for an undisclosed amount.
Under the agreement, the new CEO of Comodo CA will be the former General Manager of Entrust - Bill Holtz. The founder and CEO of the Comodo Group, Melih Abdulhayoglu, will retain the minority interest. Francisco Partners explains his decision with a large "need for trusted certificates".
As Bill Holtz said:
"Trusted digital certificates will remain a fundamental requirement of today's network security infrastructure for ecommerce and new evolving IoT networks. Francisco Partners has a sound, smart, and aggressive strategy for Comodo CA."
Francisco Partners said Comodo had issued 55 million certificates this year, the highest number in the market, and has seen double-digit growth for "several years".
If you run a online business, you are sure to use Google AdWords. Perhaps this is one of the main traffic sources on your site, so the last message you want to see is "Your account has been suspended ...". And yet, you can expect it if your site is not SSL-secured.
Starting 1st of August 2016, Comodo and DomenySSL will no longer offer SGC variants of certificates. As your account has a valid SGC certificate which will be up for renewal in the future, the company has prepared a list of recommended alternatives.
Thawte is only one of the few vendors outside of the United States. As the main competitor of American vendors quickly gained a 40 % share of the market SSL certificates.