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GlobalSign Introduces EV SSL to Managed SSL Service

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - March 4, 2009) - GlobalSign Ltd. (www.globalsign.co.uk), one of the longest established Certification Authorities (CA) and specialists in SSL Certificate security, today announced an anticipated update to its Managed SSL Service to enable the immediate issuance of Extended Validation (EV) SSL Certificates. The updated service reduces the need for organisations to purchase EV SSL through retail channels, which often have long vetting processes for each individual application - typically leading to higher costs and inconvenience for enterprises with multiple Certificate requirements.

GlobalSign's Managed SSL Service offers significant cost and time savings for organisations managing any number of SSL Certificates and was launched as a solution for easy management of multiple SSL Certificates (even for complex, distributed organisations). The web based (or API based) service works on the principle of GlobalSign pre-vetting the organisation and its domains to an EV standard. The pre-vetted EV information may then be used to issue any SSL Certificate instantly. The service can issue two types of SSL Certificate, both are issued from GlobalSign's cryptographically strong 2048 bit SHA-1 root Certificate:

- ExtendedSSL EV SSL Certificates - activates the green address bar in IE, Firefox, Opera, Chrome and Safari, giving highly visible indicators of vetted web site identity to provide the highest levels of trust in a web site.

- OrganizationSSL Certificates - traditional SSL type that secures single domain names, or uses the wildcard and multi-domain options to secure multiple domains, sub-domains and IP addresses with a single SSL Certificate.

"With the increase of fraud, phishing and attacks on weaker 1024 bit MD5 SSL implementations, more organisations are choosing to secure their public facing sites using 2048 bit SHA-1 EV SSL, however waiting for individual EV SSL Certificates to be vetted can be time-consuming", said Paul Tourret, Managing Director, GlobalSign Ltd. "The new SSL Managed Service eliminates the need for repeat vetting and allows immediate Certificate issuance for an organisation with multiple SSL requirements; all offered through a single portal that reduces TCO for SSL at the same time."

Other key features of GlobalSign's Managed SSL Service include the easy reissue, revocation and renewal of existing Certificates, as well as allowing Certificate start and end dates to be customised. Additional Users with a granular level of permissions representative of the User's role can be added to the account and a Public Ordering Page can be activated, allowing administrators to facilitate company-wide applications via a link or intranet. All aspects of reporting, auditing and billing across multiple departments can also be managed effectively through the same account.

For more information about GlobalSign's Managed SSL Service for EV and standard SSL visit http://www.globalsign.com/ssl/ssl-certificates/managed-ssl/index.htm.

For information about the GlobalSign SSL Certificate features, including the free inclusion of Server Gated Cryptography visit http://www.globalsign.com/ssl/index.htm.

About EV SSL Certificates

The criteria for issuing EV Certificates (the EV Certificate Guidelines) are produced by the CA/Browser Forum, an organisation whose members include leading Certification Authorities and browser vendors, as well as representatives from the legal and audit sectors. GlobalSign and VeriSign are two such members

About GlobalSign

Established in 1996 and as a WebTrust accredited public certificate authority, GlobalSign offers publicly trusted SSL, including EV SSL Certificates, S/MIME and Code Signing Certificates for use on all platforms including mobile devices. Its Trusted Root solution uses the widely distributed GlobalSign Root CA certificates to provide immediate PKI trust for Microsoft CA and enterprise CAs, eliminating the costs associated with using untrusted Root Certificates. Its partnership with Adobe to provide Certified Document Services (CDS) enables secure digitally signed PDF e-documents. These core Digital Certificate solutions allow its thousands of customers to conduct secure online transactions and data transfer, distribute tamper-proof code, and bind identities to client certificates for email security and remote two factor authentication. The company has a history of innovation within the online security market and has offices in the US, UK, Belgium, Japan, and China.

About GMO Internet Group

GMO Internet Group, headquartered in Japan, is a leading force in the Internet industry offering one of the most comprehensive ranges of Internet services worldwide. The group holds top domestic market share in domain registration, web hosting, and payment processing and provides a host of other Internet services including global online security services, e-commerce solutions, and Internet advertising to both businesses and individuals. At the centre of the group is GMO Internet, Inc. a company listed on the prestigious first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE:9449). Please visit www.gmo.jp/en for further details.

Originally posted on Sun Mar 15, 2009

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