• 2008-11-17

GlobalSign Launches New Authentication Services in Partnership with Yahoo! JAPAN

Tokyo - November 17, 2008 – GMO Hosting & Security consolidated subsidiary and digital certificate service provider, GlobalSign, today launches a new set of authentication services in a partnership with Yahoo! JAPAN. The new services were first announced in August this year. GMO Hosting & Security is a GMO Internet Group company.

Background to the Service Launch
The role of a website in business is becoming increasingly diverse. It now serves not only as a portal to the company, but also often as a platform for e-commerce and web-based services.
According to the 2007 E-commerce Market Survey released by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in August this year the e-commerce market showed steady growth in 2007. The BtoB e-commerce market grew 9.3% and was worth over 161 trillion yen, while the BtoC market grew 21.7% to around 5.34 trillion yen.
For businesses what this trend means is that a websitefs trustability is now directly tied to the reliability of the business overall. This is an especially important factor for SMEs where brand recognition is low in comparison to major corporations.
GlobalSign and Yahoo! JAPAN are launching new authentication services to increase trust in business web sites with these important needs in mind.

Organization Validation supported by Yahoo! JAPAN
GlobalSign, a trusted third party verifies the authenticity of the company or individual operating a website in accordance with service guidelines, using data from sources including registers and the Teikoku Databank.
Until now individuals not affiliated with an organization who are seeking authentication services have generally opted domain verification SSL. However, domain verification SSL verifies only the domain name, it does not offer verification of information about the individual. This meant that SOHO businesses and sole proprietorships were left without verification of information about management of their sites.
Our new organization verification service, available to these businesses, opens up a new market for authentication services.

Highly Trusted Site Seal
The easy to recognize clickable site seal is a sign of trust. When site visitors click on the seal a profile page displays information about the company and other verified items. In addition, FLASH animation makes it difficult to copy the image and JavaScript ensures it will not display at a domain other than the verified site.

Listing on Yahoo! JAPAN
Organization verification services also include a listing of the verified company's URL and a link to their website on the Yahoo! JAPAN business portal, Yahoo Business Center. This feature provides a connection with Yahoo! JAPAN and offers the appeal of a listing on a trusted Yahoo! JAPAN website. (Companies are also listed on the GlobalSign web site.)
URL Listing by Yahoo! JAPAN:http://business.yahoo.co.jp/certificate/list/
URL Listing by GlobalSign:http://yjp.globalsign.com/list/

Service Details
We are combining Organization Validation supported by Yahoo! JAPAN with GlobalSign SSL to offer the following three services.
Service Name Details Business
SSL Listing Site Seal
1. Organization Validation supported by Yahoo! JAPAN
Verifies domain ownership and the authenticity of a business, organization or sole proprietorship. Includes site seal and listing/link on Yahoo! JAPAN and GlobalSign websites. - [Site Seal SAMPLE]
2. Domain Verification SSL supported by Yahoo! JAPAN
Price: 42,000 yen/ per Year (tax inc.)
This service includes domain name verification, SSL certificate and site seal. - - [Site Seal SAMPLE]
3. Organization Validation + SSL supported by Yahoo! JAPAN
Price: 84,000 yen/ per year (tax inc.)
Verifies domain ownership and the authenticity of a business, organization or sole proprietorship. Includes SSL certificate, site seal and listing/link on Yahoo! JAPAN and GlobalSign websites. [Site Seal SAMPLE]
Please refer to the GlobalSign website for details.
*Operators of websites that contain illegal, offensive or adult content or any other content that falls outside service guidelines may not apply. If it is confirmed that a site contains such content after application, service features may be restricted (change of site seal, removal of links).

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

Related Links (All links to Japanese language sites unless otherwise indicated)
Service Details: http://yjp.globalsign.com/

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