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30 Sept 2014

GMO GlobalSign Acquires Ubisecure

Leading Provider of Identity Services Acquires Identity and Access Management (IAM) Platform to Enable Trusted Identities for the Internet of Everything (IoE)

Boston MA September 30, 2014 – – GMO GlobalSign (www.globalsign.com), the security division of the Tokyo-based GMO Internet Group (TSE: 9449) and a leading provider of identity services for online transactions, announced the acquisition of Helsinki-based Ubisecure Solutions, Inc., a privately-held identity and access management (IAM) software developer. The acquisition delivers essential technology and talent to propel GlobalSign’s strategic focus on identity services for the rapidly emerging, $14.4 trillion Internet of Everything (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.

Ubisecure is recognized as a product leader in Access Management & Federation by Europe’s leading information security analyst firm KuppingerCole – a market that is expected to reach $7 billion by 2017. Ubisecure’s access control, single sign-on (SSO), federation and delegation services, along with massive scalability, are the product of a 53 man-year R&D investment. The software is used by an impressive number of government agencies, financial institutions and enterprises in Europe, and deployed with the help of over 150 strategic partners, including system integration leaders CapGemini and CGI.

“Ubisecure provides the essential technology and talent needed to execute on our strategy to become the identity services leader for the Internet of Everything, mediating trust to enable safe commerce, communications, content delivery and community interactions for billions of transactions, around the world, in every moment,” stated Paul Tourret, managing director. “This acquisition provides immediate revenue opportunity as we complement our product portfolio and deliver Ubisecure’s existing IAM solutions to a broader market though our sales and channel organization, and an exciting future as a strategically critical embedded technology in our IoE identity services platform.”

GlobalSign is one of the world’s leading publicly-trusted Certificate Authorities, verifying and authenticating identities for websites, organizations, devices, documents and code. Its digital certificates have been embedded in millions of OEM devices, including trusted platform modules (TPMs), signing solutions, routers and wireless devices. With over 5,000 distributors in over 100 countries, and its strong background in identity verification, real-time authentication, security as a service solutions and now IAM, GlobalSign has the products, technical expertise and vision to become the leading provider of identity services for the Internet of Everything.

“The Ubisecure product is highly attractive for service providers and governments due to its specific features for use cases that require a strong focus on the integration of customers or citizens at large scale,” said Martin Kuppinger, founder of KuppingerCole. “Providing massive scalability is a must to extend IAM to the IoT, where every ‘thing’ has its own identity.”

“GlobalSign’s vast worldwide organization and channels will allow us to bring our IAM solutions to a global market,” stated Charles Sederholm, chief executive officer of Ubisecure. “We share a common vision for identity services, both for today’s enterprises that need elegant IAM solutions, and for the billions of connected ‘things’ that will require identities and interactions in ways we have yet to imagine. We are very excited to be part of GlobalSign, and know we’ll achieve greatness together.”

The entire Ubisecure team is expected to join GlobalSign, which intends to invest in and develop an IAM center of excellence in Helsinki, an exciting hub of innovation. Additional terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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 Ubisecure

Ubisecure Solutions Inc. is a pioneering provider of standardized identity and access management solutions that pave the way for a smoother and safer Internet. Its software products enable new online business concepts and speed the growth of existing web-based operations by joining separate sites and services into larger trusted areas. Ubisecure maintains an extensive network of partners that offer organizations advice, consulting and technical services; and provides high-level training in secure online business through its Ubisecure IAM Academy. For more information please visit: www.ubisecure.com

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