Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Thank You for Visiting Us at the 2nd

It was great meeting everyone at the Second at the Millennium Hilton, Bangkok. It was a productive and informative two-day event. Through it, GlobalSign wishes to have clearly presented its line of products including its newest technology, OneClickSSL. The company also hope to have provided the best answers for every question raised.  

Should you want to learn more of GlobalSign’s comprehensive range of products, services, and latest promotions, kindly visit our official Blog, Facebook and Twitter pages. Moreover, to experience GlobalSign’s OneClickSSL for free, kindly contact us that way we can send you our OneClickSSL trial voucher.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Lead Person behind International Cyber Phishing Sentenced 5 Years in Prison

Nichole Michelle Merzi, a lead figure in what’s considered to be the largest international cyber phishing to date, is sentenced to 5 years imprisonment by the US District Court in Los Angeles.
Merzi is reported to loot thousands of dollars through common phishing techniques. She teamed up with Egypt-based hackers who carried out the illicit activity. According to the report issued by the FBI, victims, who were mainly customers of Wells Fargo and Bank of America, were sent emails claiming to be sent by their banks. They were then redirected to a website exactly similar to that of legit banking and financial institutions where they are asked to submit their credentials.

Once account information is obtained, hackers navigate through the customers’ account to transfer the money to their own bank accounts in California.

Merzi’s imprisonment sound good new but it is never a guarantee to a more secure online transaction. Be smart and identify which website runs SSL certificates before submitting any account details.

Elements of an SSL Certificate Trusted Website
You need not be an information technology expert to know if the website you are visiting is secure or not. You just need to be keen enough to look for the key indicators of a secure website.

The address bar of the browser is the key area to take note of when assessing a website. Once you notice that the URL starts with HTTPS instead of the standard HTTP, the website is trusted with SSL certificate. A padlock on the address bar also indicates that the website is encrypted with SSL authentication technology.

Image from GMO GlobalSign

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

GlobalSign Officially Launched Its New Delhi Office During the World Hosting Days, India

GlobalSign, a trusted Certification Authority expert, launched its New Delhi office last 21 May allowing Indian companies better access to web security solutions.

More and more companies in India especially those in banking and finance sector install SSL Certificates and Digital IDs to secure corporate data as evidenced by the boost of India’s IT spending from US$1.6 billion in 2009 to an expected US$2.7 billion by 2013*. It is this growing market demand for online transactions security which made way for GlobalSign’s expansion of operations. The newly opened branch aims to better assist Indian customers through the local sales and support team.

Monday, 21 May 2012

Thailand: New Southeast Asian Hub of Online Security Industries

Computer security spend in Thailand is predicted to grow by 13-15% this year to reach US$11 billion putting Thailand second next to Indonesia, leaving Singapore in third place with US$10.6 billion projected IT spending*. Increased IT spending is due to Thai people’s awareness of the danger of data loss through unauthorized access to portals and websites, reported the research firm IDC.

Thailand’s ability to be back in the business arena after it has experienced a number of floods and typhoons the previous year makes investors more confident to start a business in the area. The people’s growing interest on smartphones and IT services is what further strengthened the growth of Thailand’s IT market. It is good to note however, that despite the growth in IT consumption, Thai people are still vigilant of cyber threats as more Thailand-based companies put online security spending on top of their list to ensure corporate data-leak prevention, reported Ms Kapoor, senior market analyst of IDC. She further added that "In Thailand, fraud through online banking services is still the most feared cyber attack.”

Card Information Compromised after Online Security Breach Hit US Banks and Card Processors

US banks and processors alarmed after Global Payments Inc., an electronic transaction provider, reported an online security breach generating numerous fraudulent transactions after card holder’s information were exposed online. 

Global Payments Inc. was the first to learn of the unauthorized access into the payment systems. Kreb on Security, which first reported the incident, claimed that the damage brought by the breach may be massive and may affect millions of card holders although the number of affected cardholders is not yet clear.

Reuters reported that among the banks and payments companies which confirmed to be affected by the breach are MasterCard Inc. (MA) Visa Inc. (V), American Express Co. (AXP) and Discover Financial Services (DFS). Following the incident, the affected companies alerted the law enforcement authorities and notified affected card holders and issues about the breach.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

GMO GlobalSign Extends Its Reach to the Thai Market

GMO GlobalSign, one of the leading providers of Digital Certificates worldwide, has extended once again its reach to another country in the Asia Pacific region as it recently launched its Thai-language website –

GlobalSign's Thai site is well positioned to provide local language support to better serve the network security demands of the Thai market. Needless to say that the Digital Certificate provider is ready and anticipating the expected 20% growth in the market this year.

To strengthen its impact, the launch of the Thai language site is in conjunction with GlobalSign's participation as a Gold Partner at the Second World Hosting Days Asia in Bangkok, Thailand on 24-25 May.

GlobalSign representatives will be available during the two-day event to entertain inquiries and introduce their wide range of security solutions.

One of the products to be highlighted is the OneClickSSL, which will be the topic of a GlobalSign hosted session on May 25 at 15:40. EMEA Business Development Director Paul Van Brouwershaven will be sharing features of this new technology and how it enables the securing of a website in a matter of seconds.

For full details of the site, event and session, you may read the full press release here.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

An Invitation to 2012

WorldHostingDays is the world’s largest series of hosting events. GlobalSign will Participate in 2012, we invite you to be part of this event in Thailand.

Singapore –May 04, 2012 - is the perfect opportunity to get in contact with important colleagues from the Asian hosting and cloud industry. The fast-growing Asian region is perfectly suitable to make promising business contacts, explore new markets, and get many inspirations from inventive companies and personalities. GlobalSign will be in Bangkok on 24th & 25th May for 2012. As the Gold Partner for World Hosting Days Thailand, we invite you to be part of this event in Thailand.

Monday, 14 May 2012

Additional features for the GlobalSign SSL [Part 4 of a 4 part series]

If you've come to our GlobalSign website or been approached by any of us, you've probably seen the term SSL. We've started a four part series where we blog about SSL Security and what it means for you. Stay tuned each week as we break down SSL into bite-sized bits.

This is the last article of the series.

When we provide our SSL Certificates, we also provide our customers with the GlobalSign Secure Site Seal for free. The clickable GlobalSign Secure Site Seal indicates to the customer that their information is secure and offers additional reassurance to the closed padlock icon that appears in the browser with every SSL connection.

 Adding the mark of trust to your website – the Secure Site Seal Secure Site Seal

SSL Secure Site Seals are a sign of trust on the Internet. They show website visitors that your business or website have been authenticated and you have invested in the SSL to secure their transactions and data. The Secure Site Seal is another indicator of trust and security outside of the HTTP turning into HTTPS and the browser displaying the yellow padlock. The presence of a “trust mark” such as the GlobalSign Secure Site Seal will help visitors trust your website, and help convert general visitors into paying customers. Do not risk potential customers abandoning their shopping carts and web forms - display the Secure Site Seal to give them the confidence to complete the transaction.

The Secure Site Seal is available free of charge to all GlobalSign SSL Certificate customers. Adding the Secure Site Seal to all your web pages will give immediate tangible trust benefits, with significant effects:
  • Increases general visitor to customer conversion rates
  • Reduces abandonment from unsure potential customers

The GlobalSign Secure Site Seal also provides useful features to aid customers, and your webmaster implement and match your website style:
  • "Click to Verify" - customers can view your company information for added credibility
  • Selection of sizes and formats - static GIF or animated Flash
  • Easy to install into any web page – simply copy and paste some canned HTML code
    into the location on the page where you wish for the Secure Site Seal to be displayed
We hope that this information is useful. This ends our 4-part series, we hope that you found it informative and useful.

For more information, you can always visit us at our GlobalSign website.

Monday, 7 May 2012

Breaking down the SSL Certificate Classifications [Part 3 of a 4 part series]

If you've come to our GlobalSign website or been approached by any of us, you've probably seen the term SSL. We've started a four part series where we blog about SSL Security and what it means for you. Stay tuned each week as we break down SSL into bite-sized bits. 

This week, we'll introduce the various types of SSL Certificates that we offer:

What are the types of SSL Certificates?
Over the last few years the number of organisations using SSL Certificates has increased dramatically.  The applications for which SSL is being used has also expanded.  For example:

  • Some organisations need SSL simply for confidentiality, e.g. encryption
  • Some organisations wish to use SSL to enhance trust in their security and identity,
    e.g. they want to show customers they have been vetted and are a legitimate

As the applications for SSL have started to become wider, three types of SSL Certificate have emerged:

Extended Validation (EV) SSL Certificates:  where the Certification Authority checks the right of the applicant to use a specific domain name PLUS it conducts a THOROUGH vetting of the organisation.   The issuance process of EV Certificates is strictly defined in the EV Guidelines, as formally ratified by the CA/Browser forum in 2007, that specify all the steps required for a Certification Authority (CA) before issuing a certificate, and includes:
  • Verifying the legal, physical and operational existence of the entity
  • Verifying that the identity of the entity matches official records
  • Verifying that the entity has exclusive right to use the domain specified in the EV Certificate
  • Verifying that the entity has properly authorized the issuance of the EV Certificate

EV Certificates are available for all types of businesses, including government entities and both incorporated and unincorporated businesses. A second set of guidelines, the EV Audit Guidelines, specify the criteria under which a CA needs to be successfully audited before issuing EV Certificates. The audits are repeated yearly to ensure the integrity of the issuance process.
  • Organisation Validation (OV) SSL Certificates:  where the Certification Authority checks the right of the applicant to use a specific domain name PLUS it conducts some vetting of the organisation.  Additional vetted company information is displayed to customers when clicking on the Secure Site Seal, giving enhanced visbility in who is behind the site and associated enhanced trust.
  • Domain Validation (DV) SSL Certificates:  where the Certification Authority checks the right of the applicant to use a specific domain name.  No company identity information is vetted and no information is displayed other than encryption information within the Secure Site Seal.

1. Extended Validation: GlobalSign ExtendedSSL

The latest, and possibly most significant, advancement in SSL technology since its initial inception follows the standardized Extended Validation guidelines.  New high security browsers such as Microsoft Internet Explorer 7+, Opera 9.5+, Firefox 3+, Google Chrome,  Apple Safari 3.2+ and iPhone Safari 3.0+ identify ExtendedSSL Certificates as EV Certificates and activate the browser interface security enhancements, such as the Green Bar.  For customers who wish to assert the highest levels of authenticity, ExtendedSSL is the ideal solution.  
Extended Validation EV SSL Example

2. Organisation Validation: GlobalSign OrganizationSSL

GlobalSign has been issuing organisation validation Certificates for 10 years.  Companies applying for OrganizationSSL have their company details vetted before issuance.
Standard SSL Example

3. Domain Validation: GlobalSign DomainSSL

DomainSSL Certificates are fully supported and share the same browser recognition with OrganisationSSL, but come with the advantage of being issued in only 5 minutes and without the need to submit company paperwork.  This makes DomainSSL ideal for businesses needing a low cost SSL quickly and without the effort of submitting company documents.  
Standard SSL Example
To round off the last of our four part series, we'll introduce some additional features that come with your SSL Certificate order.

Stay tuned!