US Cyber firm Sectigo snaps up two of Europe’s largest resellers weeks before Brexit


Sectigo®, a leading provider of automated digital identity management and web security solutions, has acquired SSL247, the biggest SSL certificate and web security provider in the UK and France, and Xolphin, the largest provider of SSL certificates and digital signatures in the Netherlands. With the two acquisitions, Sectigo significantly extends its sales reach and support for the company’s leading SSL certificate solutions, Sectigo Web Security Platform and Sectigo Certificate Manager platform, to thousands of additional organizations across Europe and Latin America.

The acquisitions accelerate Sectigo’s growth trajectory globally following the company’s recent recapitalization by GI Partners, a leading private investment firm.

“Acquiring SSL247 and Xolphin is an early milestone in Sectigo’s next chapter of growth, expanding our reach across Europe and Latin America,” said Bill Holtz, CEO, Sectigo. “Sectigo has partnered with SSL247 and Xolphin for many years. Both organizations are known for rapid and reliable SSL certificate delivery and world-class expertise and support. We proudly welcome them to Sectigo.”

A long-time Sectigo channel partner, SSL247 has nearly two decades of experience selling and supporting SSL certificates, vulnerability assessments, digital IDs (email, code signing, IoT certificates), penetration tests and audits, data protection, and other security solutions to customers across 18 countries in Europe and Latin America.

“As digital security experts, SSL247 is driven to help secure the value of businesses online and offline, through a range of specifically tailored services. Joining the global Sectigo organization 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,” said Benjamin Tack, Commercial Director at SSL247.

Founded in 2002, Xolphin has issued more than a million certificates to more than 50,000 customers in Europe. Recognized with a five-star rating for its customer support and rapid Extended Validation (EV) certificate validation, the company has an active network of global resellers who rely on Xolphin’s expertise to quickly provide SSL certificates and digital signatures products for email, code signing, and PDF signing.

“We have enjoyed a successful partnership with Sectigo for nearly 20 years, allowing us to grow rapidly and establish a highly qualified validation department as a Registration Authority for Sectigo certificates. By combining our expertise and resources with Sectigo’s industry leadership, we are well-positioned to strengthen and expand our digital identity and web security offerings,” explained Maarten Bremer, CTO, and Owner, Xolphin.

With the additions of SSL247 and Xolphin, which will maintain their brands as Sectigo subsidiaries, Sectigo has made four acquisitions over the past three years. In 2019, Sectigo acquired Icon Labs, a security solutions provider for embedded OEMs and IoT device manufacturers, and in 2018 the company acquired Codeguard, Inc., a global leader in website maintenance, backup, and disaster recovery.