Secretary of State

Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1594
(785) 296-4564


For Immediate Release
Tuesday, January 28, 2003

Contact Information
Jesse Borjon, Communications Director
Office of the Secretary of State
(785) 296-4580



VeriSign Equips State of Kansas with Digital Signature Technology, Enables
Citizens to Interact Efficiently with Government Agencies

VeriSign’s Outsourced Security Services Allow Government to
Reduce Costs and Expand Services to Citizens

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA. - January 28, 2003 - VeriSign, Inc. (Nasdaq:VRSN), the leading provider of digital trust services, and Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh, winner of the 2002 “Agent of Change” Digital Government Award presented by the Massachusetts Institute for Technology and Accenture, announced today that VeriSign has signed a multi-year contract with the State of Kansas to provide digital certificates in support of Kansas’ statewide initiative to improve e-government services to citizens. Using VeriSign’s public key infrastructure (PKI) technology, state, county, city agencies and the state educational system will have the ability to digitally sign documents, thus increasing efficiency and reducing costs traditionally associated with government transactions.

“A remarkable collaboration of 15 state offices worked six years to build the plan for our state’s implementation of PKI. After a nine-month evaluation of solution providers, we chose VeriSign’s managed security solution because of its reliability and capacity to scale to millions of users, enabling us to support the new breed of online applications,” said Kansas Secretary of State Thornburgh. “With VeriSign’s solution, we will be able to offer government, business and citizens electronic communications that authenticate the identities of senders and ensure that the original content of messages have not been changed.”

The State of Kansas is currently served by 90 state agencies in addition to 55 institutions of higher education. Complementing the State’s wide range of physical services, VeriSign’s digital certificate technology is intended to provide citizens, employees and businesses with a trusted means to electronically transact with multiple government agencies.

“It is clear that the State of Kansas is a leader in providing its constituency with increased access to Internet services with the same trust and reliability that it already provides in the physical world,” said Barry Leffew, vice president of VeriSign’s public sector group. “VeriSign will continue to work with all levels of government, ensuring that sensitive documents and transactions can be protected online.”

VeriSign’s public sector group works with a variety of federal and state government agencies in providing digital trust services to government employees, ensuring efficiency and security in online communications, payment transactions and authentication services.

About VeriSign

VeriSign, Inc. is the leading provider of digital trust services that enable everyone, everywhere to engage in commerce and communications with confidence. VeriSign's digital trust services create a trusted environment through core offerings - telecommunications services, security services and registry services - powered by a global infrastructure that manages billions of network connections and transactions a day. Additional news and information about the company is available at

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