Impression joins GlobalSign’s certified regional partner programme

Impression Signatures offers a wide range of GlobalSign PKI solutions to address the IT security and identity needs of regional customers in SA.

Johannesburg, 21 Jan 2020
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GMO GlobalSign (, a global certificate authority (CA) and the leading provider of identity and security solutions for the Internet of things (IOT), today announced that Johannesburg, South Africa-based Impression Signatures has become a GlobalSign Certified Regional Partner (CRP), addressing the critical security needs of its customers with a highly scalable managed public key infrastructure (PKI) service.

Impression offers deep experience as a locally created and leading digital identity solutions provider covering a broad area of technology – making it an ideal match for GlobalSign. The company has created a unique Consent Engine encompassing Engage, Agree, Trust and Manage modules tailored specifically for companies concerned with both digital signatures and digital identities.

Engage – an omnichannel engagement platform that allows communication and seamless shifting across several digital channels so that agreements are always at your fingertips, regardless of your device.

Agree – Design, then generate, documents and pre-fill them with data from trusted sources. Send signature requests to one or many people who can act sequentially or in any order, you decide. Once everyone has signed the document, Impression can mail it back or drop it back in the document storage system of choice. Send it. Sign it. Sorted.

Trust – A broker for ensuring that a customer’s agreement process remains compliant and that the integrity of the transaction is maintained. This module onboards and promotes strong digital identities as a mechanism for interacting with the digital world.

Manage – Every document signed with Impression contains a full audit trail of the process followed, maintaining the chain of custody. Customers can also track documents throughout their journey via dashboards, noting when requests are opened, how the document is paged through, signed and ultimately returned.

“We are thrilled to become a partner with GlobalSign. Not only does it allow us to offer more compelling solutions to our clients, it also positions us perfectly for the fourth industrial revolution,” said Warren Blackbeard, Head of Sales, Impression. “Identity is your most valuable commodity and our partnership will help to create a more secure environment for South Africans to interact digitally.”

GlobalSign provides cloud-based, highly scalable PKI solutions for enterprises needing to conduct safe commerce, communications, content delivery and community interactions. The company’s identity and security solutions enable businesses, large enterprises, cloud-based service providers and IOT innovators around the world to conduct secure online communications, manage millions of verified digital identities, as well as automate authentication and encryption.

Impression is a South African solutions provider that has helped public sector, financial services, healthcare and retail organisations digitise and democratise their processes so that people can transact with them on any device, even without access to data. Impression’s customers combine its digital identity, document workflow, eSignature, analytics and chatbot modules to solve complex problems to digitally transform their organisations.

Blackbeard added: “Making our solutions accessible to all citizens within South Africa is vitally important. We wanted to create something that will even reach rural parts of the country. It is for this reason that we have created patented solutions that anyone with a mobile device can interact with.”

“We are very pleased that Impression has joined our Certified Regional Partner programme,” said Henry Krumins, Head of Sales and Marketing, GlobalSign. “They will be an important addition to help facilitate global adoption of GlobalSign’s range of identity and security solutions in their region.”


Founded in 2011, Impression (an iOCO company) is the leading provider of e-signature solutions in South Africa. Our patented approach is locally created whilst committing to making this innovative technology available to the public enabling true social inclusion to fully realize digital transformation in South Africa. For more information, visit

GMO GlobalSign

As one of the world’s most deeply-rooted certificate authorities, GlobalSign is the leading provider of trusted identity and security solutions enabling businesses, large enterprises, cloud-based service providers and IoT innovators worldwide to conduct secure online communications, manage millions of verified digital identities and automate authentication and encryption. Its high-scale PKI and identity solutions support the billions of services, devices, people and things comprising the IoT. A subsidiary of Japan-based GMO Cloud KK and GMO Internet Group, GMO GlobalSign has offices in the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit


Established to simplify ICT, iOCO is Africa’s leading integrated technology services company, with the largest concentration of skills on the continent. As a Level 1 B-BBEE end-to-end ICT managed service provider and Cloud systems integrator, iOCO operates with over 20 years’ experience. Its team of more than 4500 specialists delivers Open Digital Integrator, Enterprise Applications, Data and Analytics, Compute and Platforms, and Manage and Operate solutions to over 1 000 customers.

Inspired by digitally native internet organisations (iO) and creative organisations (CO) of the future, iOCO helps customers navigate the path to an exponential future. To achieve this vision, iOCO holds strategic OEM partnership agreements with more than 90 global leaders.

The fourth industrial revolution brings not only exponential opportunity, but exponential challenges too. The key to succeeding in this two-speed world is finding a digital journey partner that has the expertise needed to drive unprecedented growth. iOCO offers modern solutions that meet the demands of the cloud economy and 4IR.

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Head of Marketing Rosie Stubbs (+27) 011 607 8100
Head of Sales Warren Blackbeard (+27) 81 711 7077
Public Relations Manager Amy Krigman 603 570 7060
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