The Web Is Moving From HTTP to HTTPS

Posted by on November 21, 2016 0 comments

The four letters, “http”, are known to technical and non-technical users alike as the beginning of any web address. These have been ubiquitous for many years. But things are about to change. Pretty soon, you won’t be able to go to many popular websites just by using those 4 letters. You will need to add an “s” at the end (https). Why is this happening? What are the reasons for this change? https indicates that a web page uses the security protocol known as TLS (previously known and more commonly referred to as SSL). This shows that encryption is in place between the server and the...

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Trust on the Public Web – The Consequences of Covert Action

Posted by on November 11, 2016 1 comment

You may have heard in the news that the Chinese Certificate Authority, WoSign, was caught backdating SHA-1 certificates to make it look like they were issued before the December 31, 2015 deadline. Why is this newsworthy?  For web-based security to remain an integral part of an ecosystem used every day by millions of people around the world, it all comes down to Trust; trust in the organization issuing the certificates, trust in the browsers that validate and display certificate information to the user, and trust by relying parties browsing web pages secured by certificates. Without trust,...

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Google Certificate Transparency (CT) to Expand to All Certificates Types

Posted by on November 8, 2016 0 comments

The policy change goes into effect October 2017 A recent Google announcement stated that all publicly trusted SSL/TLS certificates issued in October 2017 or later will be expected to comply with Chrome’s Certificate Transparency (CT) policy or be untrusted by the browser. Since January 2015, Chrome has required Extended Validation (EV) certificates to comply with CT. With this policy change, the Chrome CT policy will also apply to Domain Validated (DV) and Organization Validated (OV) certificates. For more than two years, CAs have supported CT for EV certificates while preparing for when CT...

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