• 2007-11-26

GlobalSign To Offer Code Signing Certificates for Java Platform

Tokyo - November 26 - GMO Hosting & Security consolidated subsidiary and digital certificate services company GlobalSign will begin issuing code signing certificates for the Sun Microsystems Java platform this Friday, November 30. GMO Hosting & Security is a GMO Internet Group company.

The Growth of Java Software
Java is the fastest growing software platform and is now employed as a software execution environment in many system platforms. The use of Java software not dependent on an OS is rapidly increasing, not only in personal computers but also in embedded devices.

The Importance of Code Signing
It is essential that software users are able to confirm the authenticity of their distributor and be sure they have received an official release. Users must also beware of malicious and harmful software.
Software vendors need to address this threat and take responsibility for their software safely reaching the user both online and offline. The most effective method of achieving this is by code signing (with an electronic signature) software.
Sun Microsystems trusts GlobalSign code signing certificates and recognizes the company is a reliable Certificate Authority for Java Runtime Environment.

About the Code Signing Certificate Service Name
In conjunction with the launch of the Java platform service we are changing the name of the services from ObjectSign(TM) to Code Signing Certificate. In order to make the services easily identifiable to our customers the existing Microsoft Authenticode* code signing certificate is being called MS Authenticode (MS version) and the new Java platform code signing certificate is being called Object Signing (Java version).

GlobalSign provides a more secure environment for computer use and contributes to the promotion of secure infrastructure.

*Microsoft Authenticode: Authenticode identifies the publisher of signed software and verifies that it hasn't been tampered with, before users download software to their PCs.

GlobalSign began providing digital authentication services to Belgium ten years ago when digital authentication companies were first beginning to appear. Customers include a number of Belgian government agencies and the GlobalSign Certificate Authority operates many prestigious government projects such as eID*(BELPIC). We are recognized as the Belgian Government Certificate Authority. GlobalSign became a member of the GMO Internet Group in 2006 and beginning in Japan is expanding sales of government-level security worldwide.
eID*: A citizen ID card. This is the first stage of the e-government project in Belgium. The ID card containing a digital certificate is distributed to all Belgian citizens over the age of 12.

Performance: (cumulative figures)
- Over 100,000 SSL Server Certificates issued
- Over1.4 million digital certificates (for web sites, IC Cards etc. including Digital IDs) issued
- Over 20 million certificates worldwide rely on the public trust provided by the GlobalSign root (including issues by subordinate CAs)
- We supply many major government agencies and major corporations.

- The first certificate authority in Europe to obtain WebTrust accreditation
- CABF (CA/Browser Forum) member
In Japan GlobalSign (formerly GeoTrust JAPAN) participates as JCAF (Japan Certificate Authority Forum)
- Member of Anti-Phishing Working Group

Media Inquiries
GMO Hosting & Security INC. Corporate Planning Department
E-mail: pr@gmo-hs.com
GMO Internet Inc. Group PR Team
E-mail: pr@gmo.jp

The GMO Internet Group
The GMO Internet Group is a leading force in the Internet industry offering one of the most comprehensive ranges of Internet services in Japan. We hold top domestic market shares in domain registration, web hosting and payment processing and we provide a host of other services including e-commerce solutions and Internet advertising to individual and corporate customers. Striving to redefine the industry and foster a vibrant Internet culture, the GMO Internet Group is continuously working to inspire enthusiasm in our customers and put smiles on their faces.

GlobalSign K.K.
Company Name GlobalSign K.K.<http://jp.globalsign.com/>
Address Shibuya Infoss Tower 20-1, 20-1 Sakuragaoakacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
CEO Ichiro Chujo
Business Description - Information security and digital authentication
Capital 356,640,000 YEN

GMO Hosting & Security INC.
Company Name GMO Hosting & Security INC.<http://www.gmo-hs.com/eng/>
(TSE Mothers Market Code: 3788)
Address Cerulean Tower, 26-1 Sakuragaokacho, Shibuya ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
CEO Mitsuru Aoyama
Business Description - Web hosting service
- Internet security
Capital 905,000,000 YEN

GMO Internet Inc.
Company Name GMO Internet Inc.<http://www.gmo.jp/en>
(TSE First Section Code: 9449)
Address Cerulean Tower, 26-1 Sakuragaokacho, Shibuya ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
CEO Masatoshi Kumagai
Business Description - Internet Use Support (Infrastructure)
- Internet Advertising Support (Media)
Capital 9,651,750,000 YEN
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