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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, 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 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 .

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

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