GlobalSign Acknowledged for Largest SSL Certificate Growth in February 2011

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Netcraft identify almost 2000 new sites using GlobalSign in February - the global CA continues to boost its position in the SSL market

Not only are the number of GlobalSign SSL Certificates implemented on websites increasing, but we are now clearly being considered as a trusted and alternative security provider to the likes of VeriSign

GlobalSign (http://www.globalsign.com), one of the longest established Certification Authorities (CA), and specialists in SSL security, today announced that it has shown the largest actual increase in the number of SSL Certificates active for the month of February. Enjoying a monthly growth of almost 2000 new secure sites, GlobalSign’s highly trusted SSL technology is being adopted at a faster rate than the other leading SSL Providers Symantec (comprising of its four SSL brands – VeriSign, GeoTrust, thawte and RapidSSL), as well as GoDaddy and Comodo, who all showed a decrease in number of secured sites for the same period.

Between 2008 and 2009 the number of sites secured by GlobalSign more than doubled and subsequent years have seen strong growth rates of 64% and 59% respectively – higher than other major players. These statistics clearly indicate that rising numbers of website owners are realising the importance of using SSL technology, and that more existing certificate users are deciding to switch from their current vendor to take advantage of GlobalSign’s trusted brand, future-proof SSL security and advanced security features.

“February was an unusually interesting month for SSL in the media – with actor and high profile tweeter Ashton Kutcher’s Twitter account being hacked, most likely with a Firesheep type traffic sniffer. The hacker left a stark message that Mr. Kutcher should be using the SSL secured versions of such social media sites. With SSL in the headlines, GlobalSign is delighted to see such growth in the deployments of our SSL technology which will mitigate the problem of such traffic sniffers,” said Steve Waite, Chief Marketing Officer, GlobalSign. “Not only are the number of GlobalSign SSL Certificates implemented on websites increasing, but we are now clearly being considered as a trusted and alternative security provider to the likes of VeriSign [now Symantec].”

In coming months GlobalSign’s position in the SSL market is expected to continue to accelerate, as a result of both recent and upcoming expansions into new markets, providing local language websites and support for a number of countries, together with the launch of new product features and enhancements, such as malware monitoring services and fully automated SSL provisioning. As GlobalSign continues to develop its products and services to fully serve the needs of its retail, enterprise and channel customers, these exciting developments only help strengthen the GlobalSign brand and its position in the global SSL Market.

For more information about GlobalSign and its range of Digital Certificate Solutions,please visit http://www.globalsign.com/ssl.

About GMO GlobalSign
Established in 1996 and as a WebTrust accredited public certificate authority, GlobalSign offers publicly trusted SSL Certificates, EV SSL, Managed SSL Services, 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.

About GMO Internet Group
GMO Internet Group is a leading force in the Internet industry offering one of the most comprehensive ranges of Internet services worldwide. The group is the top provider of domain registration, web hosting, ecommerce, and payment processing solutions in Japan and operates a host of other Internet services including global online security services, search engine marketing and online securities trading. At the center of the group is GMO Internet, Inc. headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Please visit http://www.gmo.jp/en for further details.

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