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11 April 2017

GlobalSign Joins the Wi-SUN Alliance to Secure Connected Devices in the Smart Utility, Smart City and Internet of Things Markets

Joining the alliance is a natural fit for GlobalSign, whose IoT security strategy focuses on higher risk environments such as smart grids and smart cities.

GlobalSign Joins the Wi-SUN Alliance to Secure Connected Devices in the Smart Utility, Smart City and Internet of Things Markets

Alliance of utilities, governments and technology providers aimed at advancing network communications for utilities and smart cities

GMO GlobalSign (www.globalsign.com), a leading provider of identity and security solutions for the Internet of Everything (IoE), is now a member of the Wi-SUN Alliance, a global industry alliance promoting interoperable wireless standards based solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT). Member companies include Cisco, Itron, Landis + Gyr, Renesas, Silver Spring Networks and many others including utility, government and technology provider companies.

Joining the alliance is a natural fit for GlobalSign, whose IoT security strategy focuses on higher risk environments such as smart grids and smart cities. The Wi-SUN Alliance is focused on accelerating the implementation of a smarter grid and smarter cities by enabling the global adoption of interoperable solutions based on the IEEE 802.15.4 standard and other related open standards. GlobalSign is focused on securing IoT devices, like those that are a part of the smart grid, by using encryption and authentication to give every device a unique trusted identity.

“As critical infrastructure assets become increasingly cyber-connected, new security threats emerge. Securing these assets with proven technologies is of vital importance to today’s society and economy,” said Zachary Short, Principal Software Architect at GlobalSign. “We are excited to be joining the Wi-SUN Alliance and look forward to collaborating with its members to bring security and interoperability to the smart grid and other critical infrastructures.”

The Wi-SUN Alliance’s Field Area Network (FAN) specification is a smart city and metering protocol standard directed at connecting smart technology to cloud deployments and is suitable for smart city and utility networks, including Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and Distribution Automation (DA). The security component of the FAN specification includes authentication using Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and client certificates.

PKI is a standards-based technology ideally positioned to secure IoT devices, including connecting the smart grid, enabling smart cities and securing critical infrastructure. PKI has been securing network-connected devices by delivering trust and high assurance for years – making it ready to manage digital certificates and identities for the IoT on a large scale. GlobalSign’s high-scale certificate service allows IoT developers to easily build security and identity into their products, which protects the integrity of data by securing and authenticating IoT end points.

About the Wi-SUN Alliance
The Wi-SUN Alliance is a non-profit association of industry leading companies devoted to the certification and global proliferation of interoperable Wi-SUN wireless solutions based on the IEEE 802.15.4g standard for use in Smart Utility, Smart City, and other IoT applications requiring robust Field Area Networking (FAN) capability using open global standards. Membership in the Wi-SUN Alliance is open to all industry stakeholders. For more information, please visit: www.wi-sun.org

About GMO GlobalSign
GlobalSign is the leading provider of trusted identity and security solutions enabling businesses, large enterprises, cloud-based service providers and IoT innovators around the world to conduct secure online communications, manage millions of verified digital identities and automate authentication and encryption. Its high-scale PKI and identity solutions support the billions of services, devices, people and things comprising the Internet of Everything (IoE). The company has offices in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

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/.

About 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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