Virgin Atlantic Implements Highest Assurance SSL Technology from GlobalSign

June 23, 2009 by  

Web Hosting ToolsPortsmouth, NH – GlobalSign, Inc, one of the longest established Certification Authorities (CA) and specialists in SSL Certificate security, today announced Virgin Atlantic as the most recent major brand to migrate to its Extended Validation (EV) SSL technology to secure their public facing web site. EV SSL differs greatly from standard SSL making the browser address bar glow green, and providing visitors with visual reassurance that the site they are on is who they claim to be and that their personal information is secure.

EV SSL, perhaps the most significant advancement in how consumers view and understand security on the web, activates the glowing green address bar in the current generation of browsers including IE7 and 8, Firefox, Opera, Google Chrome and Safari and gives companies a means of visibly showing they are a trusted and authentic organization operating a legitimate web site. These extra visual indicators provide a clear business differentiator for online companies taking preventative action against today’s relentless phishing attacks. The adoption of EV SSL by Virgin Atlantic clearly shows its customers their strong ongoing commitment to online safety and security. Extended Validation Certificate support is now widespread and the benefits of increased protection against online fraud and brand abuse can be recognized by the majority of Virgin Atlantic’s online visitors.

“Virgin Atlantic made the decision to migrate their existing standard level SSL Certificates to the latest Extended Validation SSL to provide the highest level of identity trust available to their online customers”, said Alex New, IT Architect, Virgin Atlantic. “GlobalSign were able to deliver the platform and EV SSL products that meet our operational and security requirements and have helped make the switch to EV SSL Certificates straightforward.”

“Using technology that provides the best defense against phishing as well as higher levels of trust to web site visitors is essential for an international brand like Virgin Atlantic,” said Paul Tourret, Managing Director, GlobalSign Ltd. “Virgin Atlantic and its customers benefit immediately from the ‘glowing green’ enhanced protection EV SSL Certificates provide and we are pleased that Virgin Atlantic is setting the online security standard within its industry.”

GlobalSign is the preferred EV SSL supplier for some of the UK’s leading ecommerce web sites – including BT Shop,, Virgin Atlantic and The criteria for issuing EV Certificates (the EV Certificate Guidelines) are produced by the CA/Browser Forum, an organization whose members include leading Certification Authorities and browser vendors, as well as representatives from the legal and audit sectors. GlobalSign and VeriSign are two such members.

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About Virgin Atlantic Airways
Founded in 1984, Virgin Atlantic has become one of the world’s leading airlines serving the world’s major cities. Now based at London’s Gatwick and Heathrow airports and Manchester airport, it operates long haul services to thirty destinations world-wide as far apart as Las Vegas and Shanghai. The airline has pioneered a range of innovations setting new standards of service, which its competitors have subsequently sought to follow. Despite Virgin Atlantic’s growth the service still remains customer driven with an emphasis on value for money, quality, fun and innovation.

About GlobalSign
Established in 1996 and as a WebTrust accredited public certificate authority, GlobalSign offers publicly trusted SSL, including EV SSL Certificates, S/MIME and Code Signing Certificates for use on all platforms including mobile devices. Its Trusted Root solution uses the widely distributed GlobalSign Root CA certificates to provide immediate PKI trust for Microsoft CA and enterprise CAs, eliminating the costs associated with using untrusted Root Certificates. Its partnership with Adobe to provide Certified Document Services (CDS) enables secure digitally signed PDF e-documents. These core Digital Certificate solutions allow its thousands of customers to conduct secure online transactions and data transfer, distribute tamper-proof code, and bind identities to client certificates for email security and remote two factor authentication. The company has a history of innovation within the online security market and has offices in the US, UK, Belgium, Japan, and China.

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