(The Hosting News) – GlobalSign today announced it has been named to the Online Trust Alliance (OTA) 2013 Online Trust Honor Roll for demonstrating exceptional data protection, privacy and security in an effort to better protect their customers and brand from the increased threats of cybercriminals.
“Consumers are trading billions of pieces of personal data in exchange for desired services. They rely on the integrity of the businesses collecting and storing this information to protect them,” said Craig Spiezle, president and executive director of the Online Trust Alliance. “We are very pleased with the voluntary level of adoption many consumer-facing websites implemented this year that went above and beyond baseline compliance.”
“GlobalSign is honored to be recognized for our leadership and security solutions by such a respected organization as OTA for the third year,” said Steve Waite, CEO GlobalSign Americas . “As a company we strive to help drive industry best practices so that organizations of all sizes may better protect themselves from the ever-evolving advanced persistent threats that have become all too common in today’s security landscape. We recently introduced our SSL Configuration Checker to help sites identify the strengths and weaknesses of their SSL configuration and learn the steps that must be taken to remediate any issues, allowing them to better secure their network.”
Nearly a third of the companies reviewed made the Honor Roll, including GlobalSign. The report indicates that company size and/or sales are not true measures of the level of security and privacy a company implements. “All companies are equally evaluated by the same criterion regardless of size. We have seen large e-retailers with significant sales fail to make the Honor Roll; conversely we have seen small to mid-size companies taking top grades,” said Spiezle.
Started in 2005 as an effort to drive adoption of best practices, the objectives of the Honor Roll are to: 1) Recognize leadership and commitment to best practices which aid in the protection of online trust and confidence in online services, 2) Enable businesses to enhance their security, data protection and privacy practices, 3) Move from compliance to stewardship, demonstrating support of meaningful self-regulation, and 4) Promote security & privacy as part of a company’s brand promise and value proposition.
Being named to the 2013 Honor Roll is a significant achievement considering the large number of companies that received failing marks for inadequate domain and consumer protection (22%), insecure websites (11%), and inadequate privacy policies or data collection practices (35%).
“Security challenges continue to grow in complexity with enterprise adoption of the cloud and the proliferation of BYOD,” said Waite. “As a result, businesses are struggling to incorporate industry best practices and implement the latest security solutions that protect their brand, customers and reputations. We admire OTA’s work in advancing online trust through education and the advancement of best security practices, promoting a safer Internet for organizations and end users alike.”
To review the full 2013 Honor Roll report, please download a free copy at: https://otalliance.org/2013honorroll.html
About The Online Trust Alliance (OTA)
The Online Trust Alliance (OTA) is a member-based, non-profit representing the global internet ecosystem – including the public and private sectors. OTA’s mission is to develop and advocate best practices and public policy which mitigate emerging privacy and security threats while enhancing online trust, innovation and the vitality of the digital economy. OTA is committed to the protection of critical infrastructure, balanced legislation and data protection through the promotion of best practices, benchmark reporting, and self-regulation. For more information, visit: https://otalliance.org
About GMO GlobalSign
GlobalSign has been a trust service provider since 1996. Its focus has been, and always will be, on providing convenient and highly productive PKI solutions for organizations of all sizes. Its core Digital Certificate solutions allow its thousands of authenticated customers to conduct SSL secured transactions, data transfer, distribution of tamper-proof code, and protection of online identities for secure email and access control. Vision and commitment to innovation led to GlobalSign being recognized by Frost & Sullivan for the 2011 Product Line Strategy Award. The company has local offices in the US, Europe and throughout Asia. For the latest news on GlobalSign visithttp://www.globalsign.com or follow GlobalSign on Twitter (@globalsign).
GMO Internet Group
GMO Internet Group is a comprehensive provider of industry-leading Internet solutions including domain name registration, cloud-based and traditional hosting, ecommerce, security, and payment processing services that each hold the top share of their respective markets in Japan. Other key business areas for the Group include online securities/FX trading, Internet advertising, search engine marketing and online research. In 2011, a new Social Media & Smartphone Platform segment was established bringing together group initiatives in social apps development, daily deals and Android app distribution. GMO Internet, Inc. is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. For more information, please visit http://www.gmo.jp/en.