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14 January 2014

GlobalSign Achieves Candidate Status for Direct Trust Agent Accreditation Program (DTAAP)

Trust Program Allows Secure Exchange of Health Information Between Health Information Service Providers

Boston, MA - January 14 2014 - GlobalSign (www.globalsign.com), the enterprise SaaS Certificate Authority (CA), today announced it is a candidate for the Direct Trust Agent Accreditation Program (DTAAP) for Registration Authorities (RA) and Certificate Authorities (CA) from DirectTrust.org and the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (EHNAC).

DTAAP is a trust program for Healthcare Information Service Providers (HISPs) that need to exchange sensitive information with each other. By establishing trust standards, individual agreements do not have to be worked out between every HISP, limiting liability, simplifying agreements, and creating best practices for exchanging patient data. To ensure that the sensitive health information is exchanged securely, HISPs in the program use Digital Certificates to sign and encrypt messages and attachments. The role of RAs and CAs within the program is to verify the identities of the HISPs using the certificates, as well as provide and support certificate issuance, management, and revocation services.

Acceptance into the program consists of an intense self-assessment and third-party review of GlobalSign’s ability to conform with the latest reform legislation – especially those regulations that focus on the privacy, security and confidentiality of healthcare data. By awarding candidate status, DTAAP is recognizing GlobalSign’s commitment to high standards in these areas.

EHNAC’s Executive Director Lee Barrett shared his perspective on GlobalSign’s efforts, saying “"GlobalSign joins a select group of healthcare leaders dedicated to improving the quality of care delivery by enhancing the transactional quality, operational efficiency and data security of protected health information. We look forward to working with GlobalSign through this process – using best practices and proven standards to ensure the trusted exchange of data."

"We’re excited and proud that our commitment to high standards and building online trust have been recognized by DTAAP," said Lila Kee, Chief Product and Marketing Officer, GMO GlobalSign Inc. "Making security accessible and easy to use is very important to us, so we’re honored to be a part of a program like DTAAP that is standardizing and simplifying the secure exchange of information for HISPs."

To achieve full accreditation, GlobalSign’s policies and processes will go through a vigorous audit process conducted by Direct Trust and EHNAC. Once fully accredited, GlobalSign certificates will be approved for use by HISPs within DTAAP to secure the exchange of sensitive health information.

GlobalSign plans to complete the audit and achieve full accreditation within the upcoming months. Status updates can be found via DirectTrust.org - http://www.directtrust.org/accreditation-status/.

For more information about DTAAP , please visit the EHNAC website - https://www.ehnac.org/direct-trusted-agent/.

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/.

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