Venafi partners with GMO GlobalSign and NBI to support move to Japanese market

Venafi, a machine identity protection company, has formed a partnership with GMO GlobalSign and NSD Business Innovation (NBI), to support its launch in Japan.

GlobalSign is a certification authority which has provided 25 million electronic certificates, including SSL server certificates and deliveries to government agencies and large corporations.

Digital certificates are key to security and privacy as they act as machine identities, controlling the flow of sensitive data to authorised machines. These are used for in sensitive digital transaction through websites, mobile, IoT devices, AI algorithms and containers in the cloud.

Venafi is a cybersecurity platform which offers machine identity protection, securing machine-to-machine connections and communications. The platform verifies identities to lower security risks and support compliance with communications and data regulations.

Through the strategic partnership, NBI will supply its customers with the Venafi technology to support their managing and automation for digital certificates. NBI was founded in Japan in 2013 and sells solution services such as malware protection and certificate management.

Following the launch of the partnership, the companies have released a new free program which will identify weak, vulnerable and expiring certificates. The service will help users to see how they can automate the entire certificate lifecycle and replace them before they expire.

If a certificate was not issued through Global Sign, they can automatically be reissued but through Global Sign.

In addition to this, the assessment will also uncover security and compliance risks and offer actionable advice to resolve them. The solution will only be available from April 11 to July 10 2019.

Venafi vice president of global sales Christophe Culine said, “We are very excited about this partnership with NBI and GMO GlobalSign because it will allow our mutual customers to move very quickly to a completely automated machine identity protection process. Combining our solutions will reduce costs and save valuable IT and security resources as well as eliminate outages that can negatively impact customers and cost millions of dollars.”

Late last year, Venafi launched the Machine Identity Protection Development Fund to support developers and vendors in the space.

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