SOURCE: VeriSign, Inc.

VeriSign, Inc.

August 17, 2009 08:00 ET

VeriSign and SoftLayer Partnership Brings SSL Protection to Data Center and Web Hosting Customers

Entire Line of VeriSign SSL Solutions, Including EV SSL and GeoTrust SSL, Now Available to Thousands of SoftLayer Customers

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - August 17, 2009) - A new security partnership between SoftLayer Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of global, on-demand data center and hosting services, and VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), the trusted provider of Internet infrastructure services for the networked world, will bring the entire line of VeriSign® Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Certificates to thousands of SoftLayer customers. In expanding its security offerings, SoftLayer will also carry Extended Validation (EV) SSL solutions and SSL Certificates from GeoTrust, another VeriSign brand. The alliance enables SoftLayer to deliver VeriSign and GeoTrust® SSL protection to customers of all sizes. To simplify SSL deployment and management for its customers, SoftLayer will integrate SSL security into its innovative management console.

"Businesses of every size need a fully automated SSL solution that delivers complete access, control, security and scalability," said Tim Callan, vice president of product marketing at VeriSign. "This partnership with SoftLayer enables thousands of businesses to manage a range of SSL protections within the management console they use every day. We're proud to partner with SoftLayer, and we look forward to delivering world-class security solutions to SoftLayer customers for years to come."

VeriSign 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 high security browsers see a green address bar. 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.

"Everything SoftLayer does, from hosting to data storage to security, centers on connecting our customers with the best, most reliable technology, and that's what VeriSign brings to our security portfolio," said George Karidis, chief strategy officer at SoftLayer. "SSL security is critical to managed hosting and enterprise application hosting. With this range of SSL options -- from VeriSign SSL and GeoTrust SSL up to state-of-the-art VeriSign EV SSL protection -- our customers can protect themselves and everyone who visits their Web sites or uses their hosted applications. And with VeriSign, that protection comes from the most trusted SSL authority on the Web."

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 Internet domain names, representing 74 percent of the entire EV SSL Certificate market worldwide. In fact, over 95 percent of the Fortune 500 and 96 of the world's 100 largest SSL-using banks secure their sites with SSL Certificates from VeriSign. To learn more about VeriSign EV SSL, visit

About SoftLayer

Headquartered in Plano, Texas, SoftLayer delivers world-class, on-demand virtual data center services on a global basis from facilities located in Dallas, Texas; Seattle, Wash.; and Washington, DC. SoftLayer integrates all facets of IT to innovate industry-leading solutions that are fully automated. This empowers customers with complete control, security, scalability, and ease-of-management for their IT environment. For more information please visit or call 866.398.7638.

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

Statements in this announcement other than historical data and information constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause VeriSign's actual results to differ materially from those stated or implied by such forward-looking statements. The potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, the uncertainty of future revenue and profitability and potential fluctuations in quarterly operating results due to such factors as the inability of VeriSign to successfully develop and market new products and services and customer acceptance of any new products or services, including VeriSign SSL and EV SSL solutions; the possibility that VeriSign's announced new services may not result in additional customers, profits or revenues; and increased competition and pricing pressures. More information about potential factors that could affect the company's business and financial results is included in VeriSign's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008 and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. VeriSign undertakes no obligation to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this press release.

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