Université Bordeaux 1 Adopts GlobalSign's Extended Validation SSL to Provide the Highest Level of Online Security

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University chooses latest SSL technology to enhance user trust and confidence in the digital work environment accessed via its website, whilst also elevating its site image.

Adopting GlobalSign's EV SSL was the obvious choice to help us achieve this, whilst also allowing us to elevate our site image by demonstrating our strong commitment to online security.

GlobalSign NV, one of the longest established Certification Authorities (CA) and specialists in SSL Certificate security, today announced that Université Bordeaux 1 is the latest institution to implement GlobalSign's Extended Validation (EV) SSL technology to secure the digital work environment available from its website http://www.u-bordeaux1.fr. This is a testimony of the growing demand for the highest level of SSL security available within the European market. Organisations with an online presence, in all business sectors including education, are now recognizing the need to secure websites, online transactions, webmail and other next generation services, to protect themselves and their website users in the face of ever-increasing online security threats.

The Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is the most widely deployed security protocol used today, essentially providing a secure channel between two machines operating over the Internet or an internal network. As more services are brought online, instances of phishing attacks and identity theft have dramatically increased and it is now essential for every organisation with an online presence to secure all levels of personal information collected or submitted on their website. Université Bordeaux 1 chose to implement the most advanced type of SSL security, Extended Validation (EV) SSL, to protect their central authentication service page, thus ensuring that personnel and student login details remain fully secure when they access the university's online information and services.

Université Bordeaux 1 chose to implement EV SSL on their website in order to increase awareness of online security issues among staff and students, and educate them on how to recognise the strongest levels of security. The use of Extended Validation SSL is vital in this regard because it renders online security more visual and easy-to-understand to the end user. In addition to activating the yellow padlock and connecting over https, EV SSL activates the browser's green address bar in IE7 and 8, Firefox, Opera, Google Chrome and Safari, whilst also displaying the organisation's identity information and details of the issuing Certification Authority. These additional features immediately tell visitors that the site is legitimate and that their personal information is fully secure - EV SSL represents the most significant advancement in how consumers identify a secure site since the inception of SSL over 10 years ago.

"As well as raising awareness, we aim to ensure our students, personnel, lecturers/researchers and executives, are fully protected at all times from today's relentless phishing attacks and fraudulent websites," said Martial Bouillin, IT Director, Université Bordeaux 1. "Adopting GlobalSign's EV SSL was the obvious choice to help us achieve this, whilst also allowing us to elevate our site image by demonstrating our strong commitment to online security."

"EV SSL is a clear differentiator for organisations who care about their website visitors' safety and we are very pleased to see that Université Bordeaux 1 has chosen to adopt the most advanced type of GlobalSign SSL Certificate to secure their website", said Ronald De Temmerman, General Manager, GlobalSign NV. Operating within an industry which requires data privacy compliancy to be met, drives the need to sustain a reliable, highly trusted and secure network."

By offering a simplified, competitively priced, feature-packed range of SSL Certificates, with free inclusion of Server Gated Cryptography (to "step up" weak browser encryption to strong encryption on older browsers), and promotional 3 for 1 server licensing, GlobalSign enables the strongest levels of SSL to be accessible to all sizes of organisation across all industries and territories. GlobalSign also offers a range of other dedicated digital certificate solutions highly beneficial to the education sector including DocumentSign Digital IDs for secure exchange of authentic electronic PDF documents such as transcripts and diplomas, as well as PersonalSign Digital IDs for digitally signing and encrypting emails and signing Microsoft Office documents.

For more information on EV SSL and to see a GlobalSign Extended SSL certificate in operation please visit http://www.globalsign.com/ssl/buy-ssl-certificates/extended-validation-ssl.

About Université Bordeaux 1
Université Bordeaux 1 is a major university of Science and Technology, which gathers over 9,000 students and 1,000 lecturers and researchers around the subjects of Sciences and Technologies for Man and the Environment. The university provides education in 5 main areas of Science and Technology (including Mathematics/IT, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Earth and Sea Sciences) and offers a great array of specialist subjects. Université Bordeaux is also one of the top 100 in the Shanghai ranking for Engineering and Computer Sciences.
Université Bordeaux 1 is one of Université de Bordeaux's seven founding members and is located on one of the largest campuses in Europe. It is also one of ten French universities to be chosen for "Opération Campus", a project aimed at modernising existing campuses through targeted investment. The university is also an active player in economy and society, maintaining strong partnerships with a great number of local partners and through research contributes to the development of major entrepreneurial projects and technological innovation.
To learn more about Université Bordeaux 1, please visit http://www.u-bordeaux1.fr.

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

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.
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