(Gawkwire) – GlobalSign, one of the longest established Certification Authorities (CA) and specialists in SSL Partner Programs, today announced that SpeedHost, one of Brazil’s leading web hosting providers, has been awarded Platinum Partner status in GlobalSign’s partner program. The strengthened relationship will allow SpeedHost to enjoy many new benefits, such as increased margins and co-branded marketing opportunities, as well as help solidify GlobalSign’s presence in the Brazilian marketplace.

GlobalSign’s presence in Brazil has been steadily increasing over the past few years, with the Netcraft SSL survey showing GlobalSign almost double its market share between April 2010 to April 2012. The appointment of new dedicated, native language team for the region has been a major factor in the success of the expansion, especially in regard to SpeedHost, who explain that their strong sales, marketing and business development relationship with the new team was the key driver for upgrading the partnership. Both SpeedHost and GlobalSign plan to further expand their combined presence through Latin America.

The Platinum Partner level offers many benefits over a traditional partnership. Like all partners, Platinum Partners have access to the entire line of GlobalSign SSL and client certificates, but they also receive increased product margins, have the opportunity to work closely with the marketing organization to create co-branded materials, receive dedicated support with case priority, and have greater insight into product development, such as beta program access and feature development priority.

“Choosing to elevate our partnership level was an easy decision,” said Jefferson Campos, Director of Technology Partners, SpeedHost. “We have an Brazillian Account Manager who is dedicated to our account and makes everything easier. We always have fast responses to our issues and they support us in this partnership. We are planning to expand our market in the upcoming year and feel that GlobalSign, with their variety of Certificate options and superior service, are the ideal provider to support us along the way.”

“We are very excited to see SpeedHost upgrade their commitment to a Platinum Partnership,” said Steve Waite, Chief Executive Office, GMO GlobalSign. “Working with SpeedHost to provide digital certificates and security solutions for the Brazilian market has been a great experience and we consider our partnership a major success in the early stages of our expansion into Brazil. We look forward to building upon our existing relationship to achieve our mutual goal of expanding through the rest of Latin America.”

SpeedHost exclusively promotes GlobalSign products through their website http://www.speedhost.com.br. The company offers Code Signing Certificates and the entire GlobalSign SSL product line – AlphaSSL, Domain Validated SSL, Organization Validated SSL, and Extended Validation SSL.

For more information about the GlobalSign Partner Program, please visit http://www.globalsign.com/partners/

About SpeedHost

SpeedHost is a sub-division of ActiveWeb Technologies. Created in 2002 with a focus on software development, networks, and servers, ActiveWeb Technologies has expanded its product offering to include hosting and domain registration services and more recently, SSL Certificates. Utilizing the Zimbra solution, their hosting services feature redundant backups in the cluster, which guarantee an SLA of 99.9%. Their product line also includes code signing certificates and authentication certificates via PKI Brazil. They currently specialize in the deployment and support of digital certificates to meet the needs of their diverse customer base, which includes large private enterprises and members of the financial, education, and government sectors.

For more information, please visit http://www.speedhost.com.br.

About GMO GlobalSign

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 costs 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.

GMO Internet Group

GMO Internet Group is one of the most comprehensive providers of industry-leading Internet services worldwide. As well as domain registration, web hosting, ecommerce, and payment processing businesses that each hold the top share in their respective markets in Japan, services operated by the group include Internet advertising, search engine marketing and research. Global online security brand GlobalSign and major Japanese online securities brokerage, GMO CLICK Securities are also group members. In 2011 a new Social Media & Smartphone Platform segment was established bringing together group initiatives in social apps development, flash marketing and Android apps distribution. GMO Internet, Inc. is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Please visit http://www.gmo.jp/en for more information.

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