Assuritas Partners with GlobalSign to Provide Extended Validation SSL

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Partnership will promote benefits of EV SSL Certificates as 1st line of defence against online fraud.

GlobalSign is very pleased that Assuritas is joining the GlobalSign Partner Program and will help promote the benefits of using EV SSL Certificates in the UK

GlobalSign, of the longest established Certification Authorities (CA) and specialists in SSL Partner Programs, today announced that Assuritas, a leading UK provider of identity management and anti-fraud products and services has joined the GlobalSign Partner Program, and will be offering the full range of GlobalSign SSL Certificates to its customers, including the new Extended Validation Certificate standard.

By immediately promoting the benefits of GlobalSign's Extended Validation SSL Certificate, which activates the green address bar in new high security browsers such as IE7, Firefox, Opera and Safari, Assuritas has been able to provide its customers, including major brands such as Tesco with a new level of defence in the fight against Cardholder Not Present fraud. GlobalSign Extended Validation SSL Certificates, commonly referred to as "EV" SSL Certificates, continue to gain respect amongst trusted enterprises, government agencies and security vendors, and can be an effective tool for rebuilding consumer confidence in online transactions with strong visual cues linked to the identity of the site operator.

Previously partnering with Entrust in the UK, Assuritas has made the decision to switch to GlobalSign's Partner Program to take advantage of GlobalSign's highly trusted and simplified SSL product range, comprehensive provisioning system, excellent customer support and overall expertise in the channel market - all the relevant tools to enable partners to successfully resell SSL. With the ability to offer three main types of Certificate - Domain Validation, Organization Validation or the newly standardised Extended Validation SSL Certificate, all with free Server Gated Cryptography (SGC - to "step up" weak 40 bit browser to server connections to strong 128 bit) and issued from GlobalSign's widely distributed 2048 bit Root CA Certificate, Assuritas can provide its customers with the most secure SSL Certificates available in today's SSL market. Also with the option of including additional premium features (for example, Subject Alternative Names (SANs) and wildcard characters to allow the securing of multiple sites with a single certificate), Assuritas is able to meet their customers individual requirements by offering tailor made SSL solutions - saving their customers time, effort and cost in the longer term.

"Our newly formed relationship with GlobalSign will allow us to immediately improve our SSL certificate provisioning infrastructure in support of the launch of our new Managed SSL service," said Alistair Murray, CEO, Assuritas. "We are confident in offering the full range of feature-enhanced GlobalSign SSL certificates as a first line of defence for our security-conscious customers. We expect to maintain a long and fruitful relationship with this leading CA."

"GlobalSign is very pleased that Assuritas is joining the GlobalSign Partner Program and will help promote the benefits of using EV SSL Certificates in the UK," said Paul Tourret, Managing Director GlobalSign Ltd. "As organisations deploy EV SSL, the world will see how this new technology can be used in the fight against the increasing levels of online fraud and brand abuse. EV is set to become a critical tool for organisations to rebuild consumer confidence in online transactions and identities."

GlobalSign SSL Certificates are available through Assuritas at http://www.assuritas.com.

About Assuritas
Founded in 2000, Assuritas is a leading provider of identity assurance products and services in the UK. As an ISO27001-accredited organisation with operations in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London, Assuritas has grown from its origins as a trusted IT Security Adviser, through continuous re-investment in value-added service infrastructure. Assuritas is now a mature and accredited Managed Service Provider, playing a strategic role in the fight against Identity Fraud.

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 http://www.gmo.jp/en for further details.

For further details please contact:

Steve Waite                
GlobalSign Ltd                
+44 1622 766766            

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