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VeriSign, NSI Ink dot com Agreement

VeriSign, Inc. Monday announced an agreement with Network Solutions, Inc. to identify Web sites secured by VeriSign digital certificates within Network Solutions' new dot com directory.

VeriSign's Secure Site symbol will appear next to qualified listings within Network Solutions' global dot com directory. VeriSign Web site certificate customers with a .com, .net, or .org domain name -- either hosts of their own sites or managed e-commerce services from an Internet service provider or Web hosting company -- will be automatically identified as secure sites within the directory.

Any dot com directory customer that is not listed as a secure site can enrolled for a digital certificate through either Network Solutions, VeriSign, or VeriSign's network of affiliates, which includes more than 1,500 ISPs and Web hosting companies.

Network Solutions' dot com directory will be launched in June and offered directly from the Network Solutions site, through major portals, and from partner Web sites such as VeriSign.

To date VeriSign has issued more than 100,000 digital certificates, which act as electronic credentials to authenticate sites to visitors and to enable secure, encrypted transactions and communications using the SecureSockets Layer (SSL) protocol.

"The VeriSign brand is the gold standard of trust on the Internet," said Doug Wolford, Network Solutions' senior vice president, sales and marketing.

"By providing the global trust infrastructure necessary for e-commerce to proliferate, VeriSign enables consumers and businesses alike to transact and communicate with confidence," Wolford said.