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GlobalSign appoints Microsoft veteran as Chief Technology Officer

Ryan Hurst to oversee GlobalSign's technology vision and help develop the role of Certificate Authorities in public trust

Hong Kong – January 31, 2012 - GMO GlobalSign (, one of the longest established Certification Authorities (CA) and specialists in Digital Certificate security, today announced the appointment of Ryan Hurst, a 10 year Microsoft security veteran, as its new Chief Technology Officer. In his role, Ryan becomes responsible for developing the overall technology vision, product architecture, standards development, compliance and will be overseeing the GlobalSign engineering and operations organizations.

Ryan is a ten-year Microsoft veteran, where he was responsible for security engineering within the Microsoft Advertising business. Prior to that he was responsible for integrating security and networking technologies such as cryptography, Digital Certificates, smart cards, biometrics, code signing, document signing, and network authentication into many successful Microsoft products, as well as being critical to the management of the Microsoft Root Certificate program – the repository of Certificate Authorities authorized by Microsoft to provide publicly trusted Digital Certificates.

Ryan has also authored a number of patents relating to security and software design and has been an active participant in the standards community, having co-authored and contributed to standards in forums such as the IETF and the Trustworthy Computing Group.

"We are extremely excited to see Ryan join the GlobalSign team. He has earned an incredible reputation in the industry as a recognized security expert, and his experience will immediately help GlobalSign fulfill our goal of providing trusted Digital Certificate solutions to enterprises and partners of all sizes." said Steve Waite, Chief Executive Officer. "Ryan's vision will be invaluable as the public trust model continues to evolve to stay ahead of the growing threats to the modern Internet society."

Speaking about his appointment, Ryan Hurst said "GlobalSign remains one of the few pure-play Certificate Authorities and has maintained one of the most credible names in the industry over its many years of delivering PKI solutions. I am very excited to help direct the technical aspects of the company, as GlobalSign bolsters its position in the enterprise security market, in particular, its exciting new mobile and cloud security solutions."

About GMO GlobalSign
Established in 1996 and as a WebTrust accredited public certificate authority, GlobalSign offers publicly trusted SSL Certificates, EV SSL, Managed SSL Services, S/MIME email security and Code Signing for use on all platforms including mobile devices. Its Trusted Root solution uses the widely embedded GlobalSign Root CA certificates to provide immediate PKI trust for Microsoft Certificate Services and internal PKI, eliminating the costs of using untrusted Root Certificates. Its partnership with Adobe to provide Certified Document Services (CDS) enables secure digitally signed PDF documents, certified transcripts and e-invoices.  These core Digital Certificate solutions allow its thousands of authenticated customers to conduct secure online transactions, data transfer, distribution of tamper-proof code, and protection of online identities for secure email and access control.  The company has a history of innovation within the online security industry and has offices in the US, UK, Belgium, Japan, China and Singapore.

GMO Internet Group
GMO Internet Group is one of the most comprehensive providers of industry-leading Internet services worldwide. As well as domain registration, web hosting, ecommerce, and payment processing businesses that each hold the top share in their respective markets in Japan, services operated by the group include Internet advertising, search engine marketing and research. Global online security brand GlobalSign and major Japanese online securities brokerage, GMO CLICK Securities are also group members. In 2011 a new Social Media & Smartphone Platform segment was established bringing together group initiatives in social apps development, flash marketing and Android apps distribution. GMO Internet, Inc. (TSE: 9449) is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Please visit for more information.

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