GlobalSign Celebrates 10 Consecutive Years of WebTrust Compliance
Achievement shows GlobalSign's identity vetting practices and policies have been accredited for a decade
London, UK - August 15 2011 - GlobalSign (www.globalsign.co.uk), GlobalSign (www.globalsign.com), one of the longest established Certification Authorities (CA), today announced successfully achieving the WebTrust Seal of Assurance for Certification Authorities for the tenth consecutive year by its auditors Ernst & Young. The WebTrust Seal was awarded to GlobalSign after stringent auditing of its business and identity vetting practices employed when issuing Digital Certificates. This achievement demonstrates GlobalSign's commitment to providing the digital world with a decade's worth of confidence in highly trusted Digital Certificates; giving GlobalSign one of the longest WebTrust compliance records throughout the SSL and CA industry.
Created by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA), the universally recognized WebTrust Program for CAs standardizes the management of Digital Certificates and the policies and practices of CAs. Every major CA is now required to undergo the WebTrust audit, which rigorously examines practices such as customer authentication procedures, physical, network and logical security surrounding the Certificate issuance infrastructure, handling of customer data, business continuity planning as well as a thorough appraisal of warranty plans, an area in which GlobalSign leads the industry. It is imperative that Certificate Authorities be held to the highest standards.
In 2002, GlobalSign became one of the first CAs worldwide to attain the original WebTrust compliancy accreditation. Back then the Internet was home to less than 40 million websites, of which 180,000 were secured with SSL. Fast forward ten years and the Internet has grown to 400 million sites with almost 1.8m active SSL Certificates (source: Netcraft). Despite the advent of new threats like phishing and identity theft, GlobalSign has continued to meet the standards outlined by the WebTrust auditors.
"We are proud to have achieved one of the longest periods in WebTrust compliance in the industry," said Steve Roylance, WW Business Development Director for GlobalSign. "The past ten years have seen a remarkable evolution in e-commerce and digital security and we are proud of our ability to adapt to a constantly changing market. This award speaks to our integrity and commitment to maintaining the highest possible standards."
For more information about WebTrust and the WebTrust Program for Certification Authorities, please visit http://www.webtrust.org/index.aspx.
For more information on GlobalSign Digital Certificates, please visit http://www.globalsign.co.uk/products/.
About GMO GlobalSign
Established in 1996 and as a WebTrust accredited public certificate authority, GlobalSign offers publicly trusted SSL Certificates, EV SSL, Managed SSL Services, S/MIME email security and Code Signing for use on all platforms including mobile devices. Its Trusted Root solution uses the widely embedded GlobalSign Root CA certificates to provide immediate PKI trust for Microsoft Certificate Services and internal PKI, eliminating the costs of using untrusted Root Certificates. Its partnership with Adobe to provide Certified Document Services (CDS) enables secure digitally signed PDF documents, certified transcripts and e-invoices. These core Digital Certificate solutions allow its thousands of authenticated customers to conduct secure online transactions, data transfer, distribution of tamper-proof code, and protection of online identities for secure email and access control. The company has a history of innovation within the online security industry and has offices in the US, UK, Belgium, Japan, and China.
GMO Internet Group
GMO Internet Group is one of the most comprehensive providers of industry-leading Internet services worldwide. As well as domain registration, web hosting, ecommerce, and payment processing businesses that each hold the top share in their respective markets in Japan, services operated by the group include Internet advertising, search engine marketing and research. Global online security brand GlobalSign and major Japanese online securities brokerage, GMO CLICK Securities are also group members. In 2011 a new Social Media & Smartphone Platform segment was established bringing together group initiatives in social apps development, flash marketing and Android apps distribution. GMO Internet, Inc. (TSE: 9449) is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Please visit www.gmo.jp/en for more information.
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