• 2008-10-22

EV SSL Now Available with GlobalSign SSL Managed Services Worldwide

Tokyo – October 22, 2008 – GMO Hosting & Security consolidated subsidiary and digital authentication service provider, GlobalSign announces that EV SSL (Extended Validation SSL) Certificates can now be issued through SSL Managed Service. Previously SSL Managed Service was limited to the issue of Enterprise SSL.

Issuing EV SSL (Extended Validation SSL)
The SSL Managed Service can now issue EV SSL Certificates. Due to the rigorous vetting process involved, it generally takes more than a week to have an EV SSL Certificate issued. However the SSL Managed Service makes it possible to have EV SSL Certificates issued instantaneously whenever they are required. Demand for EV SSL in Europe and America is extremely high and in response to this demand we have made the service available worldwide.

EV SSL (Extended Validation SSL)
As well as offering rigid verification, the EV SSL Certificate turns the address bar green once a site has been verified in compatible browsers (Internet Explorer 7, Firefox 3 etc.). The user can see at a glance that a web site is trusted without having to open a certificate to check certification level. In addition both the organization that operates the site and the Certificate Authority are clearly displayed in the address bar making it easy to identify that the certificate comes from a trusted source. GlobalSign launched the EV SSL Certificate for better protection against cyber crime in October 2007.

SSL Managed Service
The SSL Managed Service allows customers to have Enterprise SSL Certificates issued on demand and to manage the lifecycle of each certificate. One-time vetting eliminates the extensive registration and verification process normally required each time an SSL Certificate is issued. The administrator of a companyfs SSL Certificates functions like a an internal Certificate Authority and for this reason the service is ideal for companies whose server administrators are looking to consolidate management of SSL Certificates across multiple sites. The service also offers a cost advantage with discounts applied according to customer deposit.
*Administration accounts are valid for one year from the completion of verification.
* SSL Certificates may be issued as required for vetted domains.

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 is expanding sales of government-level security Japan and 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 a member of JCAF (Japan Certification Authority Forum)
- Anti-Phishing Working Group member

Media Inquiries
GMO Hosting and Security Inc. Corporate Planning Department
GMO Internet Inc. Group PR Team

About 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).

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 906,050,000 YEN (12/2007)

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 1,276,830,000 YEN