• 2007-12-13

GlobalSign K.K. forms Partnership with Verio

Tokyo - December 13, 2007 - GMO Hosting & Security consolidated subsidiary and digital certificate services company, GlobalSign, on November 15 agreed to a comprehensive partnership with US company, Verio one of the largest hosting services in the world. GMO Hosting & Security is a GMO Internet Group company.

About the Partnership
Verio provides hosting and other services in the US and throughout the world. Verio is already a sales partner of the US company GlobalSign Inc. Now this further strengthened relationship will allow GlobalSign to offer services to Verio customers worldwide, in the future we expect the collaboration to extend beyond the North American market to Europe, Asia and other regions and plan to continue developing unique services for these markets.

Details of the Partnership
First Stage - Introduce GlobalSign SSL to Verio web servers
- Sell GlobalSign services through Verio's global sales channels
Second Stage The two companies to work closely in the following areas;
- Business development
- Advertising and campaigns
- Market research
- Operations
- Product marketing

Comment from: Kiyoshi Maeda, Verio Inc. President and CEO
gGlobalSign brings 10 years of experience in the security sector, and the feature-set Verio is able to offer customers and its solution providers will immediately benefit end users. With GlobalSign, Verio will offer more options, increased security and attractive pricing to both our customers and our partners.h

Digital Certificate Services in the North American Market
North America accounts for approximately 60% of the global digital certificate market, a huge percentage and more than twice that of Europe who account for only 25% of the market. GlobalSign understands that it is essential to break into the trillion yen North American market in order to compete on a global scale and this is why on July 1st this year it established the US subsidiary Global Sign, Inc. The subsidiary began trading on July 31, focused primarily on digital certificates for enterprise and other large-scale users. (please refer to the attached reference)

GlobalSign is advancing the GlobalSign brand and creating a truly global digital certificate service.

Verio Inc. enables companies to conduct business online, through hosting, applications and managed services serving the business needs of SMB companies and partners worldwide, and is a subsidiary of NTT Communications, which provides complementary global network access reaching over 200 countries worldwide. The company focuses on how to help companies and partners achieve their business goals with functional hosting solutions, applications and services that enable them to drive success online. Verio supports its operations with highly reliable and scalable global infrastructure and systems including the NTT Communications Global IP Network, and provides business solutions to customers and partners in more than 146 countries.

GlobalSign, Inc.
1 Company Name GlobalSign,Inc.
2 CEO Johan Sys
3 Address Two International Drive, Suite 330, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, U.S.A.
4 Date of Establishment July 1, 2007
5 Business Description Sales and support for digital certificate services in the North American market
6 End of Accounting Year December 31
7 Capital US$750,000 (approx. 92,000,000 YEN)
8 Shareholders 100% owned by Global Sign K.K.

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

Related Links
Verio: http://www.verio.com/ (English)

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

(reference) Digital Authentication Services - Global Market Scale (March, 2007)
According to calculations by this company based on figures released by NetCraft



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*10% accounted for by Japan