GlobalSign Press Release

GlobalSign Offers Free SSL Certificates for Open Source Projects, Helping Make the Internet More Secure

Leading Certificate Authority Encourages Adoption of SSL Certificates and Security Best-Practices Through the Open-Source Community

Boston, MA - June 19 2013 - GlobalSign, the enterprise SaaS Certificate Authority (CA),  today announced a new initiative to help support the open-source community and increase the adoption of Secure Socket Layer (SSL) by providing free SSL Certificates for any qualified open-source projects. By offering this service, GlobalSign hopes to encourage the use of SSL in application development and the growth of security best-practices.

Through GlobalSign’s commitment to the open-source community, projects are eligible to receive one free Wildcard SSL Certificate valid for as long as the project meets minimum requirements. Open-source software projects that allow developers and the general public to freely access the source code have become very popular and are looked upon by many as leaders in the industry, representing an important segment of the technology community. Offering SSL Certificates will allow developers to improve the trust and security of their projects, which people around the world rely on. GlobalSign hopes this partnership can also make a difference by setting an example in how SSL is deployed today.

“We are delighted to show our commitment to the open-source community by offering free SSL Certificates to these projects,” said Ryan Hurst, chief technology officer, GMO GlobalSign, Inc. “We believe this effort will not only help the developers and users of open-source projects but also encourage the adoption of industry best-practices in the use of SSL.”

To qualify for a free Wildcard SSL Certificate from GlobalSign, the software project must use a license approved by the Open Source Initiative. GlobalSign will also require that projects maintain secure SSL configurations. Projects can quickly and easily evaluate their SSL strength by using the GlobalSign SSL Configuration Checker, which currently checks for over 30 common problems relating to configuration and provides recommendations on how to fix them, thus making it easy to achieve a secure configuration.

Those in the open-source software community who are interested in obtaining a free Wildcard SSL Certificate from GlobalSign may enroll for it by visiting

Important Note: GlobalSign now issues Free DV Certificates to qualifying open source projects. We no longer issue free Wildcard certificates.

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 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

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