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Melih Abdulhayoğlu (born March 10, 1968) is a Turkish American entrepreneur and CEO of Comodo Group, an Internet security company he founded in the United Kingdom in 1998 and relocated to the US in 2004.

Melih Abdülhayoğlu
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Melih Abdulhayoglu
Born (1968-03-10) 10 March 1968 (age 49)
Hatay, Turkey[1]
Nationality United States
Alma mater University of Bradford(UK)
BS Electronic Engineering, 1991
Occupation Technologist, Entrepreneur
Known for Founder & CEO of Comodo Group


Early lifeEdit

Melih Abdulhayoğlu was born in Turkey, where he studied at Hatay high-school.[1] At the age of 18, he moved to the United Kingdom, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering from the University of Bradford in 1991 and is listed among the notable alumni.[2][3]

Professional careerEdit

He founded his company Comodo in the UK and relocated it to Jersey City, NJ USA in 2004. Comodo specializes in Internet Security software, most prominently SSL certificates that secure connections between clients and servers. As of February 2015, Comodo is the leading supplier of SSL certificates.[4]

Melih founded the industry standards organization CA/Browser Forum in 2005, initially to promote new standards that resulted in the creation of Extended Validation SSL Certificate (EV-SSL).[5][6][7] In 2009, Melih organized the Common Computing Security Standards Forum, initially to deal with the problem of faux antivirus software being used by cyber-criminals.[8][9][10][11] According to Turk of America magazine, Melih is an influential Turkish American businessman.[12] He also features in Forbes Turkey's 12th "Best 100 Turks" list, announced in March, 2017.[13][14]


  1. ^ a b TurkofAmerica Magazine, (December 5, 2010). "The Security of the Internet Is in the Hands of A Turk". Retrieved October 9, 2011. 
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  3. ^ "Melih Abdulhayoglu". Comodo Company Profile. Retrieved November 9, 2010. 
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  6. ^ Larry Seltzer (2008-05-09). "Melih was the original force behind the CA/Browser Forum and EV-SSL". Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  7. ^ "Melih Abdulhayoglu co-founded the CAB Forum". 2012-09-14. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  8. ^ Dunn, John (July 16, 2009). "AV vendors fight 'scareware' with new whitelist". TechWorld. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  9. ^ "AV vendors fight 'scareware' with new whitelist -". Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  10. ^ "Melih Abdulhayoğlu - CNN TÜRK Video". 2012-10-16. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
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  13. ^ "Melih Abdulhayoglu in Forbes Turkey's 12th "Best 100 Turks" List". Retrieved 2017-03-02. 
  14. ^ "Forbes Turkey's 12th Best 100 Turks". Retrieved 2017-03-02. 

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