The SSL Store™ Acquires Cape Town Reseller TrustTheSite


August 13, 2018

The SSL Store™ Acquires Cape Town Reseller TrustTheSite
Joining Forces to Provide Flexible, Affordable Web Security Solutions to South Africa

St. Petersburg, FL – August 13, 2018 – The SSL Store™-the world's largest SSL/TLS distribution service, today announced the acquisition of TTS Web Security PTY Ltd., trading as TrustTheSite.com, their largest reseller in South Africa. This strategic collaboration is the next logical step toward fulfilling their now joint mission to protect and enable organizations in South Africa with a complete portfolio of innovative, proven web security solutions from trusted brands, such as Symantec™, DigiCert®, Thawte™, GeoTrust®, RapidSSL, Certum and Comodo.

Bill Grueninger "The timing is perfect," said Bill Grueninger, COO of The SSL Store™. "Massive industry changes continue to make it more challenging for businesses to protect their customers, data and brand. TrustTheSite has done an outstanding job helping companies across Africa navigate these changes and has become the go-to provider for the right SSL certificates at the right price for SMBs, Mid-Market and Enterprise companies, and IT Service Providers. They were already experiencing rapid growth and, now that encryption is required to avoid "Not Secure" website warnings, demand was pushing them to the tipping point. Teaming up with The SSL Store™ allows them to maintain all their existing relationships in the region while strengthening support from a team of two to 75-plus web security specialists committed to their success."
South Africa, with a population of nearly 56 million, has one of the continent's biggest and most developed economies. The country is evolving into a stronger, opportunity-rich state through the rapid growth of the IT and telecommunication, tourism, finance and manufacturing sectors. Ecommerce has increased South African’s confidence in transacting online and across borders but, like all online shoppers, they need to know their information is safe and the entity on the other end is legitimate.
Gino Theron "We've worked hard to earn the opportunity to be the SSL reseller of choice for many of South Africa's largest banks, government agencies, IT companies, professional services firms, health and wellness titans, universities and technology providers," said Gino Theron, former CEO of TrustTheSite.com. "We know from experience that local relationships and resources are high on the list for South African companies when choosing suppliers. This acquisition provides existing customers and partners of The SSL Store™ located in the region to now have local resources that understand the unique business models, needs and challenges of doing business here. It also enables The SSL Store™ to deliver industry-leading web security solutions to the sizeable number of organizations in South Africa that need to meet the new requirements and protect their brand."
In addition to meeting the new website requirements and providing business-level validation to gain visitors' trust, the acquisition will help South African companies and partners save time and increase efficiency through flexible automation and integration options, simplify management of the entire SSL lifecycle-including purchasing, installation, management and renewals-while streamlining compliance, and gain real-time visibility and control over their entire digital certificate landscape.
Kyle Grueninger Kyle Grueninger, Director of Channel Operations for The SSL Store™, has been working with Gino Theron and Nikolai Kaufmann, former Partner Growth Manager at TrustTheSite.com, for nearly six years and couldn't be more pleased that they'll both be joining The SSL Store™. "Both Nikolai and Gino have held positions with the top Certificate Authorities and have developed strong relationships with global organizations. That insider knowledge combined with 20-plus years of experience as dedicated SSL solution specialists brings a wealth of hands-on knowledge to every customer situation," says Kyle.

Nikolai Kaufmann Bill adds, "Companies and partners in South Africa now have Nikolai Kaufmann as their local advocate. He knows how to fully leverage all of The SSL Store's resources to make them more efficient, secure and profitable. The end goal is to take the hassle, risk and time out of managing SSL certificates, as well as enabling partners, such as web hosts, domain registrars and marketing agencies to make SSL a simple, integral part of their value add for their customers.""

About The SSL Store™
The SSL Store™ is the world’s largest SSL/TLS distribution service. With offices spanning three continents, more than 75 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), being first to market with their innovative AutoInstall SSL® Technology 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 uniquely positioned to leverage its buying power and executive-level partnerships to provide the flexibility, customer-centric approach and custom offerings others can't.

MEDIA CONTACT
Tracy Blalock
Director of Channel Marketing
727-388-4241
tracy.blalock@thesslstore.com