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VeriSign, Inc.

November 23, 2009 08:00 ET

Rackspace and VeriSign Offer Enterprise-Class Security Safeguards

VeriSign Extended Validation SSL Certificates Offer Rackspace Hosting Customers an Easy and Effective Way to Build Trust

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - November 23, 2009) - Rackspace® Hosting (NYSE: RAX), the world's leader in hosting and cloud computing, is extending the protection it offers to its customers by offering the full line of Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Certificates from VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), the trusted provider of Internet infrastructure services for the networked world.

Under terms of a recently expanded agreement with VeriSign, Rackspace now can directly sell, install and renew VeriSign® SSL Certificates to its customers. Additionally, the entire line of VeriSign® SSL Certificates is now available as a self-service option via the customer portal.

In addition to standard SSL protection, Rackspace offers VeriSign® Extended Validation (EV) SSL Certificates. EV SSL Certificates offer a proven safeguard against phishing scams that lure unsuspecting consumers to sites that can appear almost identical to genuine Web pages. Identity thieves use these fraudulent pages to capture credit card numbers, passwords and other valuable personal information. When visiting sites protected by VeriSign EV SSL, Internet users using browsers that support EV see a green address bar. Over 70% of browsers used today can show a green bar, including Internet Explorer 7/8, Firefox 3.0/3.5, Opera 9.X and higher, Google Chrome, Safari 3.2, Safari 4, Flock (social networking browser) and the iPhone. The green bar tells consumers they have reached a Web site whose authenticity has been certified by VeriSign. An EV SSL Certificate triggers visual cues beyond the green address bar, including a new field that contains the name of the organization that owns the site and in some cases the name of the security provider that issued the certificate.

When purchased through Rackspace, VeriSign SSL Certificates come backed by Rackspace's Fanatical Support®. Rackspace not only sells VeriSign SSL Certificates, but also manages the entire process of ordering, installing and renewing certificates, making it easy for Rackspace clients to build trust with their own online users and customers.

"Rackspace has long been known as a one-stop shop for organizations looking to launch Web sites and online applications that offer flexibility, scalability, reliability, and security," said John Engates, CTO at Rackspace Hosting. "Our relationship with VeriSign helps us bring one of the most trusted brands on the Web to thousands of customers."

"Trust is the most valuable currency on the Internet today, and trust is what VeriSign SSL and EV SSL protection delivers for Web site operators the world over," said Michael Lin, vice president and general manager of SSL at VeriSign. "By building strong and lasting bonds of trust between consumers and the sites they visit, VeriSign SSL and EV SSL protection helps maximize revenues for Rackspace's hosting customers. We're delighted to expand our relationship with Rackspace."

As the most respected and trusted SSL authority on the Web, VeriSign is the EV SSL Certificate provider of choice for more than 12,000 online businesses. In fact, more than 93 percent of the Fortune 500 and 97 of the world's 100 largest SSL-using banks secure their sites with SSL Certificates sold by VeriSign (including VeriSign, Inc. and its subsidiaries, affiliates and resellers). To learn more about VeriSign EV SSL, visit

About VeriSign

VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN) is the trusted provider of Internet infrastructure services for the networked world. Billions of times each day, VeriSign helps companies and consumers all over the world engage in communications and commerce with confidence. Additional news and information about the company is available at

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