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GlobalSign Announces Accreditation as Authorized Certificate Authority

April 23, 2012 by  

Web Hosting ServicesBoston, MA – GlobalSign, one of the longest established Certificate Authorities (CA) and specialist in Digital Certificate security, today announced it has become an Authorized Certificate Authority (ACA) for the North American Energy Standard Board (NAESB).

To become an authorized Certification Authority, a Certificate Authority must meet the NAESB Wholesale Electric Quadrant (WEQ)-12 PKI Standards, which includes various security requirements and specifications. GlobalSign actively participates in the continued enhancement and modernization of the WEQ-12 standard in order to assure the Whole Sale Electric industry and relying parties a minimum security standard that addresses today’s threats. GlobalSign NAESB compliant certificates are now available to subscribers of the Electric Industry Registry (EIR) application. EIR replaces Open Access Same Time Information Systems (OASIS), for the electric power industry.


“We are proud to become an authorized Certificate Authority as part of NAESB’s PKI standards for the use of their EIR among other WEQ-12 governed applications” said Lila Kee , Chief Product Officer, GMO GlobalSign, Inc. “ Adding digital certificate technology for online transactions and authentication will play an important role for supporting energy markets and system functions and protecting national critical infrastructure.”

The requirement of digital certificates for EIR registrants is part of a larger transition, which includes a new web-based Electric Industry Registration system developed by Open Access Technology, Inc. (OATI). The OATI web registry will replace the current registry operated by Transmission System Information Networks. This new web registry will include enhancements for allowing NASEB members to perform EIR functions as well as the security requirements of requiring all EIR users to enroll for a digital certificate.

We are delighted to welcome GlobalSign as a Certificate Authority for the NAESB Certification Program” said Rae McQuade, President and Executive Director of NAESB. She added that “GlobalSign’s experience in the PKI Industry will present great value to our NAESB members and to the energy market as a whole. Their willingness to act as CAs and provide their expertise as NAESB standards are drafted, gives the organization a great foundation upon which to build necessary cyber security work products. We are very grateful for their contributions.”

New and previously registered registrants using the OASIS legacy system (formerly known as Transmission System Information Networks) will be required to enroll for a digital certificate from an Authorized Certification Authority. Registrants interested in applying for a GlobalSign Digital Certificate may learn more at http://www.globalsign.com/digital-certificates-for-naesb/ and during the month of April can receive a two-year certificate for the price of a 1 year certificate as part of an enrollment promotion.

About NASEB
NAESB is a non-profit standards development organization established in January 2002 that serves as an industry forum for the development and promotion of business practice standards that promote a seamless marketplace for wholesale and retail nature gas and electricity. NAESB’s standards include business practices that streamline the transactional process of the natural gas and electric industries, as well as communication protocols and related standards designed to improve the efficiency of communication within each industry. NAESB supports all four quadrants of the gas and electric industries- wholesale gas, wholesales electric, retail gas, and retail electric.

About GlobalSign
About GMO GlobalSign, Inc
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 cost 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, and China.

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