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Brussels, September 17, 2001 - GlobalSign, a leading Trust Services Provider
offering flexible outsourced PKI-solutions and certifications services for
e- and m-business, and UKERNA®, a company responsible for the networking
programme of the education and research community in the United Kingdom,
today announced they have signed a commercial agreement to provide server
certificates to Further and Higher Education Institutions (i.e.
universities, etc) and Research Councils in the UK.


Under the terms of the agreement, GlobalSign will provide its ServerSign SSL
server certificates to all further and higher education organisations as
well as research councils connected to JANET®, the government funded network
for education and research.


GlobalSign ServerSign™ certificates provide authentication, SSL encryption
and additional features. They are used to prove the identity and ownership
of a domain name and for enabling confidential communication between a web
server and the connected customers.


The agreement provides a significant discount on the usual price but the
discounted certificates are only available for domain names ending in
.ac.uk. Further and higher education institutions and research councils
wishing to take advantage of this facility should use the only source of
certificates at this special price at <http://www.ja.net/CERT/certificates/>
“We are very excited about this agreement in the United Kingdom and hope
that similar ones can be put in place for other types of digital
certificates”, said Henry Minassian, Managing Director of GlobalSign.
UKERNA® manages the operation and development of the JANET® networks under a
Service Level Agreement from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)
of the UK Further and Higher Education Funding Councils. JANET® is a
private, government funded network for education and research. All further
and higher education organisations are connected to JANET® as are all the
Research Councils.



UKERNA® offers the full range of user services over JANET® including e-mail,
newsfeeds and videoconferencing, with supporting network services such as
the Network Time Service and the Secondary Nameserver Service. Customer
support staff can benefit from a wide range of support services, training
programmes etc.



JANET® is a leading edge network, designed to provide its users with the
most up-to-date technologies and services. To support this aim, UKERNA®
maintains a range of development activities, often in collaboration with
international partners or members of the JANET community.
GlobalSign, a pioneer in the PKI business since 1996, is a fast-growing
international Trust Service Provider, headquartered in Brussels. GlobalSign
is active worldwide as a Certification Authority. GlobalSign develops
flexible outsourced PKI-solutions, and offers certification services for e-
and m-business. GlobalSign has developed an international Network of Trust
throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. GlobalSign is also the official
Certification Authority for the European Commission and works with strategic
groups and associations such as, among others, EESSI and EEMA. GlobalSign’s
shareholders are Vodafone Group Plc, Ubizen, ING-Barings, Bruficom, GIMV,
Technicom and KBC Bank.



Further Information



UKERNA
JANET Customer Service
service@ukerna.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0) 1235 822212

http://www.ukerna.ac.uk


GlobalSign
Tülay Kurt
Communications Manager
press@globalsign.net Phone +32 (0) 27 24 68 95

http://www.globalsign.net


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