RSA Security and GlobalSign Announce Partnership

Brussels/ Bedford (Mass./USA), June 12, 2001 –

GlobalSign, a leading Trust Services Provider for Internet-based transactions, and RSA Security Inc. (NASDAQ: RSAS), the most trusted name in e-security(tm), today announced they have signed a strategic partnership to offer organizations using RSA Keon® Certificate Authority software a CA Root Signing Service, GlobalSign RootSign?”. This partnership will enable organizations to establish and conduct trusted e-business transactions with their customers and partners. The RSA Keon CA Root Signing Service is designed to allow an organization’s CA Root Certificate to chain to an established trust hierarchy that is recognized by major Web browsers and other related PKI-enabled applications. The partnership opens huge perspectives for GlobalSign, as RSA Keon CA software is one of today’s most successful CA-products for securing Internet and e-business applications.

Through this relationship, customers using RSA Keon Certificate Authority software (e.g. EDS, ABB Germany,…) can have their CA’s Root Certificate signed by GlobalSign and chained to GlobalSign’s publicly recognized trusted root. By using this service, RSA Keon customers can ensure that certificates generated and issued by their RSA Keon Certificate Authority will be automatically validated – and therefore trusted – by popular Web browsers, e-mail packages and other applications that leverage the recognized issuer lists of these Web browsers.

“GlobalSign is an established worldwide Trust Services Provider and we are pleased to partner with the industry’s leader in security solutions to offer organizations a trusted method of conducting business transactions on the Internet,” said Henry Minassian, managing director at GlobalSign. “With RootSign, RSA Keon CA customers will be equipped for conducting online business in a fully trusted environment.”

“The partnership with GlobalSign is designed to enable organizations worldwide to issue ubiquitously trusted end user certificates,” said Scott Schnell, senior vice president of marketing and corporate development at RSA Security. “By collaborating with GlobalSign, we have added another option for our customers to choose from when planning their PKI deployments. RSA Keon Certificate Authority customers can continue to issue certificates under their private branded root, or now under a publicly recognized root, while still maintaining their brand.”

About GlobalSign RootSign?”

Public and corporate CAs who don’t have their CA Root embedded into popular browsers can now chain themselves under GlobalSign’s embedded CA Root Certificate through RootSign?”. The GlobalSign CA Root is in the position to assist other CAs in becoming part of these browsers by root-signing their CA Root. The GlobalSign CA Root is embedded & configured in the following browsers: Netscape Communicator starting from version 4.60.Version and Microsoft I.E. 5.01, Windows 2000, Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 6.

About the RSA Keon PKI Family

RSA Keon software is a family of interoperable, standards-based PKI products designed to manage digital certificates and provide an environment for authenticated, private and legally binding electronic communications and transactions. Whether deployed as a robust, standalone certificate authority or a comprehensive PKI solution, the RSA Keon digital certificate management solution is designed to provide a common foundation for securing Internet and e-business applications.

About GlobalSign

GlobalSign, founded in 1996, is a fast-growing international Trust Services Provider, headquartered in Brussels. GlobalSign is active worldwide as a Certification Authority and offers online services for creating and managing digital certificates for signed/sealed e-mail messaging and for fully authenticated and confidential e-commerce. GlobalSign develops flexible corporate PKI-solutions for all types of companies, and offers certification services such as m-commerce security, trust labels and time stamping. GlobalSign is developing an international Network of Trust throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. Today, GlobalSign is present in Benelux, France, Germany, UK, Italy, India and Chile, amongst others, and it continually integrates other partners in and outside Europe into this network (currently 20 countries). GlobalSign is also the official Certification Authority for the European Commission and works with strategic partners such as Microsoft, Netscape, IBM Global Network, Siemens and Oracle. GlobalSign’s shareholders are Vodafone Group Plc , Ubizen , ING-Barings, Bruficom, GIMV, Technicom and KBC Bank. About RSA Security Inc.

RSA Security Inc., the most trusted name in e-security, helps organizations build secure, trusted foundations for e-business through its RSA SecurID® two-factor authentication, RSA BSAFE® encryption and RSA Keon digital certificate management systems. With approximately one billion RSA BSAFE-enabled applications in use worldwide, more than nine million RSA SecurID users and almost 20 years of industry experience, RSA Security has the proven leadership and innovative technology to address the changing security needs of e-business and bring trust to the new, online economy. RSA Security can be reached at

RSA, BSAFE, Keon and SecurID are registered trademarks, and The Most Trusted Name in e-Security is a trademark of RSA Security Inc. All other products and services mentioned are trademarks of their respective companies.

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