Michael Ward Joins The SSL Store™ Team

March 05, 2018

Michael Ward Joins The SSL Store™ Team
Gearing Up to Help Hosting Companies and Partners Provide Next-Gen Website Security

Michael Ward

St. Petersburg, FL – March 5, 2018 – The SSL Store - the world's largest SSL/TLS distribution service, today announced Michael Ward has joined the team as EVP Strategic Partnerships. Given the rise in phishing attacks, the browser push for 100-percent encryption, constantly changing industry requirements and technology, and increasing demands of security-savvy consumers, this addition is the perfect next step in the company's plan to help organizations navigate the dynamic and often risky web landscape to enable secure, compliant and trusted online transactions and relationships across the globe.

Having worked in the domain name and web hosting space for more than 17 years, and serving in a wide range of roles, including operations, business development, marketing and sales, Michael understands both the opportunities and challenges hosting companies have when it comes to empowering their customers with website security solutions. "Online security is at a critical juncture. The days of SSL and website security products being optional are behind us. With Google's announcement of a July 2018 deadline for across-the-board encryption, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), an increase in cyber threats and the importance of tools to combat these intrusions, SSL and website security are essential for any website owner. The SSL Store™ has the expertise, infrastructure and executive-level industry partnerships to lead the next wave of hyper-vigilant website security solutions and I'm excited to be part of the team."

The SSL Store™ has invested heavily in human capital and technology, including opening a new office in Amsterdam to manage growth in EMEA markets - whatever it takes to be prepared for anything in an industry that's always changing. Two prime examples are the recent Symantec purchase by DigiCert and Comodo CA purchase by Francisco Partners, both long-term partners of The SSL Store™.

Michael will be focused on new business development, strategic partnerships, international growth and equipping hosting companies, registrars and resellers to ensure their customers meet the new website requirements for encryption and have the right website security solution to support their goals. First stop on his to-do list is CloudFest Global in Europa-Park, Germany, March 10 - 16, where he looks forward to meeting with partners and other industry thought leaders to shape the future of secure online connections.

About The SSL Store
The SSL Store™ is the world's largest SSL/TLS distribution service. With offices spanning three continents, more than 60 hyper-focused cybersecurity security specialists and full-service customer support team available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, The SSL Store™ delivers end-to-end SSL lifecycle solutions and support to organizations of all sizes in more than 120 countries. Being solely dedicated to SSL, leveraging award-winning Platinum Partnerships with leading Certificate Authorities (CAs) and always being on the leading edge of industry changes enables the company to offer affordable, comprehensive solutions for Retail customers, Enterprises, Resellers and Affiliates. A better option than relying on a single CA, The SSL Store™ is perfectly positioned to leverage its buying power and executive-level partnerships to provide the flexibility, customer-centric approach and custom offerings others can't.

Tracy Blalock
Director of Channel Marketing