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GlobalSign Joins the Industrial Internet Consortium to Support Security Best Practices for the Industrial Internet of Things

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Membership Will Focus on Mitigating Risks as Billions of Devices, Sensors and Systems Become Internet Connected

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwired - Jan 20, 2016) - 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 Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), a partnership of industry, government, and academia focused on establishing best practices for and growing the Industrial Internet founded by AT&T, Cisco, General Electric, IBM and Intel.

The Industrial Internet draws together areas such as machine learning, big data, the Internet of Things and machine-to-machine communication to consume data from machines, analyze it, and use it to modify processes. Historically, Industrial Internet (II) systems have operated in closed environments and relied heavily on physical security to maintain the integrity of their environments. As these systems and components become more Internet connected, the potential security risks are magnified.

GlobalSign's identity and access management (IAM) and PKI solutions are designed to help organizations build identity management and security into the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem. PKI provides key information security capabilities, including authentication, encryption, and data integrity, and with GlobalSign's high-volume distribution services and agile certificate profiles, it can be adapted to meet the velocity, variety, and volume needs of the IoT. GlobalSign's IAM solution supports robust identity management for people and things and strong authentication and authorization using proven standards -- making it ideal for the scale and diversity of IoT ecosystems.

"Stringent security measures are essential to the development and adoption of the Industrial Internet. The IIC has made it a top priority to determine what these security requirements are," said Dr. Richard M. Soley, executive director, Industrial Internet Consortium. "We are pleased to welcome GlobalSign to the IIC and look forward to their expertise, as an IoT security solutions provider, to Working Group activities."

Within the Industrial Internet Consortium, GlobalSign is focusing efforts in a sub-set of working groups, specifically the Security Working Group and the Testbed Working Group. The Security Working Group is in the process of developing a common security framework and methodology to assess security in Industrial Internet Systems. The Industrial Internet Consortium Testbed Working Group accelerates the creation of testbeds for the Industrial Internet and serves as the advisory body for testbed proposal activities for members.

"The growth of the Industrial Internet will bring greater speed, safety and efficiency to a myriad of industries such as manufacturing, automotive, energy and healthcare, but will also have a profound impact on security and privacy," said Lancen LaChance, vice president, product development, IoT at GlobalSign. "We look forward to collaboration with IIC member companies to offer guidance for any organization trying to build an Industrial Internet System while managing risks and security posture."

About Industrial Internet Consortium
The Industrial Internet Consortium® is an open membership organization with 229 members from 27 countries, formed to accelerate the development, adoption, and wide-spread use of interconnected machines and devices, intelligent analytics, and people at work. Founded by AT&T, Cisco, General Electric, IBM, and Intel in March 2014, the Industrial Internet Consortium catalyzes and coordinates the priorities and enabling technologies of the Industrial Internet. The Industrial Internet Consortium is managed by the Object Management Group (OMG). Visit www.iiconsortium.org.

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

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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/.

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