VeriSign Inc., a provider of digital trust services, on Monday released enhancements to its Digital Brand Manager, a Web-based domain name management tool for the enterprise.

VeriSign’s digital trust services are intended to secure intranet, extranet, virtual private networks (VPNs) and e-commerce applications.

The Digital Brand Manager, a domain name management tool that is accessed through a secure Internet connection, is one part of the company’s Digital Brand Management Services line. It allows organizations to give selected employees the ability to access names in multiple locations. Those employees could then set up primary user access and multiple secondary user configurations.

Some of the upgrades include: the ability to search and view domain names as a portfolio asset, including domain names managed by third-parties; improved portfolio searching, sorting and filtering capabilities; enhanced visibility into where domain names are in the registration process; and additional options for managing the registration profiles associated with any domain name.

Also on Monday, the company announced its Never Down Service, a solution which it said guarantees uptime for Internet domain names. The Never Down Service ensures uptime by providing secondary Domain Name Service (DNS) resolution services through its servers, even if the customer’s DNS sever fails. The service also offers companies protection for their domain names against fraudulent DNS changes and against the expiration of an outfit’s official domain name. Coupled together, “business functions are protected and that’s what these products are designed to do,” said Christopher Parante, senior manager, corporate communications at VeriSign in Dulles, Va.

With the Internet evolving, companies expect that security should also improve to protect domain names and user identifications. Horst Karin, an analyst working in the area of digital services at KPMG LLP in Toronto, said digital certificate authentication offers improved security over user ID and passports. “Domain names can be protected by being embedded in digital certificates,” he said.

VeriSign in Mountain View, Calif., is online at

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