GlobalSign Press Release

GlobalSign Announces Accreditation as Authorized Certificate Authority for the North American Energy Standards Board

GlobalSign to provide publically trusted digital certificates for users of NAESB's Electric Industry Web registry

Boston, MA - April 23 2012 - GlobalSign (www.globalsign.com), one of the longest established Certificate Authorities (CA) and specialist in Digital Certificate security, today announced it has become an Authorized Certificate Authority (ACA) for the North American Energy Standard Board (NAESB).

To become an authorized Certification Authority, a Certificate Authority must meet the NAESB Wholesale Electric Quadrant (WEQ)-12 PKI Standards, which includes various security requirements and specifications. GlobalSign actively participates in the continued enhancement and modernization of the WEQ-12 standard in order to assure the Whole Sale Electric industry and relying parties a minimum security standard that addresses today's threats. GlobalSign NAESB compliant certificates are now available to subscribers of the Electric Industry Registry (EIR) application. EIR replaces Open Access Same Time Information Systems (OASIS), for the electric power industry.

"We are proud to become an authorized Certificate Authority as part of NAESB's PKI standards for the use of their EIR among other WEQ-12 governed applications" said Lila Kee , Chief Product Officer, GMO GlobalSign, Inc. " Adding digital certificate technology for online transactions and authentication will play an important role for supporting energy markets and system functions and protecting national critical infrastructure."

The requirement of digital certificates for EIR registrants is part of a larger transition, which includes a new web-based Electric Industry Registration system developed by Open Access Technology, Inc. (OATI). The OATI web registry will replace the current registry operated by Transmission System Information Networks. This new web registry will include enhancements for allowing NASEB members to perform EIR functions as well as the security requirements of requiring all EIR users to enroll for a digital certificate.

"We are delighted to welcome GlobalSign as a Certificate Authority for the NAESB Certification Program" said Rae McQuade, President and Executive Director of NAESB. She added that "GlobalSign's experience in the PKI Industry will present great value to our NAESB members and to the energy market as a whole. Their willingness to act as CAs and provide their expertise as NAESB standards are drafted, gives the organization a great foundation upon which to build necessary cyber security work products. We are very grateful for their contributions."

New and previously registered registrants using the OASIS legacy system (formerly known as Transmission System Information Networks) will be required to enroll for a digital certificate from an Authorized Certification Authority. Registrants interested in applying for a GlobalSign Digital Certificate may learn more at http://www.globalsign.com/digital-certificates-for-naesb/ and during the month of April can receive a two-year certificate for the price of a 1 year certificate as part of an enrollment promotion.

About NAESB

NAESB is a non-profit standards development organization established in January 2002 that serves as an industry forum for the development and promotion of business practice standards that promote a seamless marketplace for wholesale and retail nature gas and electricity. NAESB's standards include business practices that streamline the transactional process of the natural gas and electric industries, as well as communication protocols and related standards designed to improve the efficiency of communication within each industry. NAESB supports all four quadrants of the gas and electric industries- wholesale gas, wholesales electric, retail gas, and retail electric.

About GMO GlobalSign

GlobalSign has been a trust service provider since 1996. Its focus has been, and always will be, on providing convenient and highly productive PKI solutions for organizations of all sizes. Its core Digital Certificate solutions allow its thousands of authenticated customers to conduct SSL secured transactions, data transfer, distribution of tamper-proof code, and protection of online identities for secure email and access control. Vision and commitment to innovation led to GlobalSign being recognized by Frost & Sullivan for the 2011 Product Line Strategy Award. The company has local offices in the US, Europe and throughout Asia. For the latest news on GlobalSign visit www.globalsign.com or follow GlobalSign on Twitter (@globalsign).

GMO Internet Group

GMO Internet Group is a comprehensive provider of industry-leading Internet solutions including domain name registration, cloud-based and traditional hosting, ecommerce, security, and payment processing services that each hold the top share of their respective markets in Japan. Other key business areas for the Group include online securities/FX trading, Internet advertising, search engine marketing and online research. In 2011 a new Social Media & Smartphone Platform segment was established bringing together group initiatives in social apps development, daily deals and Android app distribution. GMO Internet, Inc. (TSE: 9449) is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. For more information please visit http://www.gmo.jp/en.

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