GlobalSign Becomes Fastest-Growing Certification Authority in France

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GlobalSign further strengthens its position in the European SSL market, showing the fastest SSL Certificate growth rate in France over the past 12 months.

Our goal is to satisfy every customer by providing a tailored security solution with excellent customer service and GlobalSign's range of SSL Certificates and French speaking customer support services enable us to do exactly this.

GlobalSign, one of the longest established Certification Authorities (CA), and specialists in digital certificate security, has today announced that it has achieved an unrivalled 180% increase in the number of SSL Certificates in use in the French market in the past twelve months, according to Netcraft statistics for May 2010 (http://www.netcraft.com). In addition, GlobalSign’s market share in France has increased by approximately 123%, an impressive rate which eclipsed the competition. The migration away from the VeriSign brands (VeriSign, GeoTrust and Thawte) is also shown by a 13% decrease in the market leader’s share during the same period. This success reinforces GlobalSign’s position in the overall European SSL market, as customers are increasingly looking for reliable and competitive alternatives to leading providers.

In today’s increasingly unsecure Internet world, GlobalSign is dedicated to ensuring its highly secured, feature-packed range of certificates is made available to a worldwide audience. The last few months have been action-packed for GlobalSign, with the launch of a new website (http://www.globalsign.fr), accompanied by sales and technical support in the local language. Market proximity, dedicated service and easy-to use products have simplified the process of purchasing and implementing SSL security in France, allowing organisations of all sizes to protect themselves and their customers risk and hassle-free from today’s online security threats.

The rapid growth in market share has highlighted the customers’ reaction to GlobalSign’s value proposition and local presence, as clients across all industries have chosen to implement GlobalSign’s highly trusted 2048 bit SSL Certificates to secure their websites, online transactions, logins, webmail and other next generation services. Leading educational institutions, healthcare organisations, governmental bodies and financial services companies have recently put their trust in the GlobalSign brand. By offering a competitively priced, feature-packed range of SSL Certificates (with free inclusion of Server Gated Cryptography and promotional 3 for 1 server licensing), as well as a simplified management platform for multiple SSL requirements, GlobalSign is hence establishing itself as VeriSign’s most significant competitor in the French enterprise market.

The past year has also seen a significant increase in the number of leading webhosting companies, ISPs, registrars, aggregators and web designers choosing to join GlobalSign’s unique partner program. This reselling opportunity enables them to provide GlobalSign’s feature-packed and flexible range of certificates to their customers, responding to their client’s specific needs, whilst also adding value to their current portfolio and increasing their overall revenue. With access to a dedicated marketing representative, as well as a traditional account manager, GlobalSign provide partners with extra bespoke advice and support to boost their SSL sales, as Dave Elbaze, Netissime, declared: “Our goal is to satisfy every customer by providing a tailored security solution with excellent customer service and GlobalSign’s range of SSL Certificates and French speaking customer support services enable us to do exactly this.” Pricing discounts, product integration, customer support and marketing and sales resources have contributed to a remarkable increase in the number of SSL Certificates being issued in the French market via this channel.

“It has been a very successful year so far for GlobalSign and we have achieved impressive growth and momentum in the French market since the launch of our dedicated French services”, declared Paul Tourret, Managing Director, GlobalSign, “The results clearly show the growing customer preference for the widespread trust, high compatibility rates and strong security that GlobalSign SSL Certificates have to offer, as well as the outstanding service and reliability associated with the GlobalSign brand. With suspected uncertain times ahead for some of the other leading Certification Authorities in the SSL market due to acquisitions and mergers, the established, stable and long-standing GlobalSign CA is increasingly becoming the alternative choice of provider.”

Offering a one-stop shop in digital security, GlobalSign also offer a range of other dedicated digital certificate solutions, highly beneficial to all types and sizes of organisation, including DocumentSign Digital IDs for secure exchange of authentic electronic PDF, as well as PersonalSign Digital IDs for digitally signing and encrypting emails and signing Microsoft Office documents.

For more information regarding GlobalSign’s range of Digital IDs, visit http://www.globalsign.eu/.

About GMO GlobalSign Ltd
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.

For further details please contact:

Steve Waite
GlobalSign
+32 16 891900 / +44 1622 766766
press(at)globalsign(dot)com

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