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Sectigo makes double partner acquisition

Firm continues with its strategy of buying partners with skills and established customer bases for SSL technology

SSL certificate player Sectigo has made a double partner acquisition to extent its reach across Europe.

The firm has picked up SSL247, a SSL certificate and web security provider in the UK and France, and Xolphin, which operates in the same market in the Netherlands.

The deals come on the back of the recent acquisition of Sectigo by private equity player GI Partners and underline the business’ intention to grow.

SSL247 has been a channel partner for more than two decades and Xolphin has been around since 2002 and has issued more than 600,000 certificates and 40,000 customers across Europe.

“Acquiring SSL247 and Xolphin is an early milestone in Sectigo’s next chapter of growth, further allowing us to extend our reach internationally,” said Bill Holtz, CEO at Sectigo.

“Sectigo has partnered with SSL247 and Xolphin for many years. Both organisations are known for rapid and reliable SSL certificate delivery and world-class expertise and support.”

The plan is to continue to run both firms under their own brands. The double deal also brings the number of acquisitions made by Sectigo to four in the last three years, coming after its move for Codeguard in 2018 and Icon Labs last year.

Michael Fowler, president of partners and channels at Sectigo, said the deals would add more depth to what the firm could offer partners.

“Our acquisitions of SSL247 and Xolphin strengthen the UK channel market,” he said. “We can now provide additional support, validation, sales and product expertise localised in time zones across EMEA, and expand the number of languages spoken to support end-customers.

“In addition, the UK channel market now has access to the full Sectigo product portfolio, from SSL certificates to certificate management and the Sectigo Web Security Platform.”

Both of the leaders at the latest acquired firms have responded positively to the moves. Benjamin Tack, commercial director at SSL247, said the acquisition would give his firm more options.

“Joining the global Sectigo organisation will enable our team to offer a broader set of resources and solutions to our more than 10,000 satisfied clients, spanning micro businesses to large enterprises,” he said.

Maarten Bremer, CTO and owner of Xolphin, said: “By combining our expertise and resources with Sectigo’s industry leadership, we are better positioned to strengthen and expand our digital identity and web security offerings.”

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