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23 April 2012

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 GMO GlobalSign
GlobalSign, founded in 1996, is a provider of identity services for the Internet of Everything (IoE), mediating trust to enable safe commerce, communications, content delivery and community interactions for billions of online transactions occurring around the world at every moment.  Its identity and access management portfolio, acquired from Ubisecure in September 2014, includes access control, single sign-on (SSO), federation and delegation services to help organizations and service providers create new business models for customer and partner interactions.  The former Ubisecure operation is now the GlobalSign Center of Excellence for IAM, located in Helsinki, Finland. GlobalSign’s solutions are designed to address the massive scalability demanded by the emerging $14.4 trillion IoE market, where the ability to make secure networked connections among people, processes, data and things, will require that every “thing” have a trusted identity that can be managed.  The company has offices in the U.S., Europe and throughout Asia.  For the latest news on GlobalSign, visit www.globalsign.com or follow GlobalSign on Twitter (@globalsign ).

About GMO Cloud KK
GMO Cloud K.K. (TSE: 3788) is a full-service IT infrastructure provider focused on cloud solutions. Established as a hosting company in 1996, the company has managed servers for more than 130,000 businesses and now has 6,500 sales partners throughout Japan. In February of 2011, the company launched GMO Cloud to enhance its focus on cloud-based solutions. Since 2007, the company has also grown its GlobalSign SSL security brand through offices in Belgium, U.K., U.S., China and Singapore. For more information please visit http://ir.gmocloud.com/english/ .

GMO Internet Group
GMO Internet Group is an Internet services industry leader, developing and operating Japan’s most widely used domain, hosting & cloud, ecommerce, security, and payment solutions. The Group also comprises the world’s largest online FX trading platform, as well as online advertising, Internet media, and mobile entertainment products. GMO Internet, Inc. (TSE: 9449) is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. For more information please visit http://www.gmo.jp/en/.

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.

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