New Trusted Certificate Service starts from 1 July
1 July 2015 | Amsterdam, Netherlands
From 1 July the new iteration of the Trusted Certificate Service (TCS – formerly known as the TERENA Certificate Service) goes into production. The new service provider, DigiCert, is one of the largest worldwide Certification Authorities.
The new TCS web portal developed by DigiCert does not require the ‘Djangora’ or ‘Confusa’ softwares, which helped previous iterations of TCS to work for several years. Djangora can still be used solely for revocation of certificates issued via the previous provider, Comodo, but Confusa will no longer be operable. The only way to issue certificates from 1 July is through the DigiCert portal.
About the new portal
The new TCS web portal developed by DigiCert has built-in SAML-based federated access and is up-to-date with recent changes to the Secure Hash Algorithm (SHA), which plays an important role in signing digital certificates used to support secure websites. The DigiCert TCS will provide the more secure SHA-2 supported certificates that replace the original SHA-1 type.
The portal was extensively tested by technical experts from the GÉANT TCS community. It also allows for NREN branding and will be available in different languages.
GÉANT and DigiCert plan to offer portal training opportunities to current and new TCS participants in the coming months.
TCS helps to increase security in online transactions by facilitating the deployment of digital certificates.
TCS takes advantage of a bulk purchasing arrangement whereby participating NRENs (national research and education network organisations) may issue close to unlimited numbers of certificates provided by a commercial Certification Authority (CA) at a significantly reduced price.
Find out more about TCS and the certificates available via http://www.geant.org/tcs/Pages/default.aspx