EFF Backs New Effort for Free SSL CA
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A group of organizations—including Mozilla, Cisco, Akamai, Electronic Frontier Foundation, IdenTrust and researchers at the University of Michigan—joined with the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG) to announce the Let's Encrypt initiative.
The goal behind Let's Encrypt is to make it easier to get a proper Secure Sockets Layer/Transfer Layer Security (SSL/TLS) certificate that can be deployed to secure a Web server and its users. Let's Encrypt is aiming to deploy a free certificate authority at letsencrypt.org that will provide the certificate, as well as be a source to verify the certificate's integrity and authenticity. While the Let's Encrypt effort is being announced today, the free Certificate Authority service will not be generally available until early in 2015.