• 2009-05-18

GlobalSign Partners with SafeNet Japan to Launch Server-Based PDF Document Signing Solutions

Tokyo - May 18, 2009 - GMO Hosting & Security consolidated subsidiary and digital certificate services company, GlobalSign announces the launch this Thursday (May 21) of a server-based version of PDF Document Signing for Adobe CDS. The automated signing solution works with SafeNet Japan hardware security modules. The new service will enable automatic certificate issue from the server, and is capable of handling high-volume document-signing requirements.

Hardware Security Module ( HSM)
Hardware used in generating and managing private keys and other confidential information. Specifically designed for key processing, it is between several hundred and several thousand times faster than the software processing on a general use computer.
Server-Based PDF Document Signing for Adobe CDS

GlobalSign PDF Document Signing for Adobe CDS, is a digital certification service for PDF documents. Recipients of digitally signed PDF documents can automatically verify the digital signature using version 6.0 or higher of the free application Adobe Reader®.

The new server-based version of PDF Document Signing for Adobe CDS (automated signing) integrates SafeNet hardware security modules and Adobe server software to offer automated server-based PDF document signing, a process previously only available as a desktop solution. The system enables real-time digital signing of PDF documents created on the server. It is designed for high volume needs including reporting, quotes, results and other documents produced in large quantities.

SafeNet’s secure, high performance hardware security modules work with Adobe LiveCycle Digital Signature ES enabling server-based digital signing of PDF documents, and GlobalSign PDF document certification to provide document security solutions that the needs of enterprise and government organizations worldwide.

SafeNet HSM Products Compatible with PDF Document Signing for Adobe® CDS
Luna SA

Luna SA is a flexible, Ethernet-attached HSM (Hardware Security Module) Server offering powerful cryptographic acceleration, hardware key management, and multiple configuration profiles for applications where security and performance are a priority.

Luna PCI

PCI is an accelerator card that provides the PCI interface. Main modules offer the same features and capabilities as Luna SA.

Service Merits
Automated signing process for improved client usability

Highly integrated with Adobe’s LiveCycle ES, the service offers automated digital signing, certification, and verification processes for improved user experience.

Fast processing of large volumes of documents for improved efficiency

HSM enables processing speeds significantly higher than USB tokens.

Secure Signing Process

The private key required for document signing is stored on a Hardware Security Module (HSM) integrated into the server, securing the digital signing process. The private key, essential to PKI technology, is secure inside the server throughout its lifecycle (generation, storage, destruction).

Comment from Adobe Systems Incorporated Head of Enterprise Marketing, Hideki Kojima

Providing Adobe LiveCycle ES compatible Adobe CDS solutions brings easy development of fully-digital, paperless business processes to Japan. Going forward, we expect these solutions to meet increasing a growing need to ensure regulatory compliance, cut costs and achieve process rationalization.

Visit the following link to read about Antwerp Port Authority using SafeNet, Adobe LiveCycles ES and GlobalSign solutions to implement a secure invoicing solution, compliant with eVAT regulations.
SafeNet Japan

SafeNet Japan is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SafeNet, a global leader in information security. Founded more than 20 years ago, the company provides complete security utilizing its encryption technologies to protect communications, intellectual property and digital identities, and offers a full spectrum of products including hardware, software, and chips. UBS, Nokia, ARM, Bank of America, NETGEAR, Adobe, Samsung, Texas Instruments, the U.S. Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and scores of other customers entrust their security needs to SafeNet. For more information, visit www.safenet-inc.com.


The GlobalSign Certificate Authority has been providing digital authentication services to Belgium since the industry first emerged more than ten years ago. 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.

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 government agencies, the Belgian government 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 Certification Authority Forum)
  • Anti-Phishing Working Group member
Media Inquiries

GMO Hosting and Security Inc. Corporate Planning Department
E-mail: pr@gmo-hs.com

GMO Internet
E-mail: pr@gmo.jp

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 Sakuragaokacho, Shibuya ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
CEO Ichiro Chujo
Business Description - Information security and digital authentication
Capital 356,640,000 yen
SafeNet Japan
Company Name SafeNet Japan http://jp.safenet-inc.com/
Address Onarimon Center Bldg. 8F
6-17-17 Shinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0004 JAPAN
CEO Kiyoshi Sako
Business Description - Sales of security products, provision of services and solutions in Japan.
Capital 153.58 million yen
GMO Hosting & Security, Inc.
Company Name GMO Hosting & Security Inc. http://gmo-hs.com/eng/
(TSE Mothers Market: 3788)
Address Cerulean Tower, 26-1 Sakuragaokacho, Shibuya ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
CEO Mitsuru Aoyama
Business Description - Web hosting
- Internet security
Capital 907 million yen (12/2008)
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 - Web Infrastructure & E-commerce
- Internet Media
Capital 1.27 billion yen
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