GlobalSign becomes First Certificate Authority to Issue EV SSL Server Certificates to Korea

Tokyo – July 24, 2008 – GMO Hosting & Security consolidated subsidiary and digital authentication service provider, GlobalSign has issued the EV SSL Guidelines V1.1 compliant EV SSL server certificate to Korean company, Renault Samsung Motors. This marks the first EV SSL Guidelines V1.1 compliant certificate to be issued by a certificate authority to a Korean company. The certificate issue was made possible by e-motion corp. exclusive distributor of the GlobalSign brand in Korea.

EV Guidelines V1.1
EV SSL server certificates are issued in accordance with EV SSL Guidelines to ensure a thorough vetting process. The guidelines were established by CA/Browser Forum, a voluntary organization made up of the worldfs leading certificate authorities and vendors of Internet browser software.
Under the prior EV SSL Guidelines (V1.0), with the exception of Japan where local regulations were already in place, when verifying non-Latin alphabet company names, certificates could not effectively be issued if the name was in a two-byte language*.
The EV SSL Guidelines have now been updated (EV SSL Guidelines V1.1) to include Foreign Organization Name Guidelines for the verification of company names that use two byte languages. GlobalSign has taken the lead under the new guidelines as the first to issue EV SSL server certificates in the Korean market.
*One byte languages are languages in which one byte of data represents one character (letter of the alphabet). English and French are examples of one byte languages. When two bytes of data are required to display one character, the language is a two byte language. Japanese and Korean are examples of two byte languages.

SSL Server Certificates in the Korean Market and the e-motion Partnership
Growth of the Korean SSL server certificate market has been extremely high over the past year.*1 This is largely a result of the Korean Ministry of Information and Communication requirement that as of March 2007 all websites that handle personal details or authentication information must have in place secure communications functions.*2
In light of this trend, GlobalSign identified Korea as a significant growth market and signed a contract with major Korean distributor, e-motion making the company exclusive seller of the GlobalSign brand in Korea. The partnership has brought GlobalSign brand digital certificate services to the Korean market.
*1: Please see the references below.
*2: Korean Information Security Agency

Company Outline: e-motion corp.

Company Name e-motion corp.


KangNam ku Yuk Sam Dong 641-10, Seoul, KOREA


JooHyung Chung

Business Description

– Market research, advertising, promotion
– Internet business consulting
– Web site construction and management
– Internet marketing services


1 billion won


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

Reference: Quarterly Market Growth (Comparison of Japan and Korea)
*Calculated based on survey data by NetCraft

(Quarterly) MarketGrowth Rate

Japan 4.61% 21.07% 8.16% 10.52% 6.06% 6.10% 6.89% 5.61% 0.86% 11.12% 1.25%
Korea 4.35% -0.64% -0.22% 6.90% -0.20% 4.25% 3.78% 18.50% 42.90% 68.27% 45.56%
China 8.33% 5.41% 6.49% 12.44% 6.32% 11.04% 12.43% 7.31% 8.08% 14.37% 7.69%

[MarketGrowth Rate]

Related Links (all links are to Japanese language sites unless otherwise indicated)
CA/Browser Forum public documents: (English)
Korean Information Security Agency: (Korean)
NetCraft: (English)

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

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GlobalSign K.K.

Company Name GlobalSign K.K.<>
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.<>
(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.<>
(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
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