It has been almost a year since Symantec’s hitherto unscathed reputation in the certificate business was shaken because of inconsistencies in the vetting process of some Symantec RAs and the subsequent gloomy forecast by Google’s Chromium team. Every day, you may find articles in the international press that contain sentences such as, “Google plans to stop trusting current Symantec certificates.” However, such headlines seem to come out of thin air, as they are all about certificates issued before June 1, 2016. These also retain the usual compatibility after a free certificate replacement (re-issue), even after April 2018. Continue reading
During the Symantec Partner Roundtable meeting on the 15th of September, 2016, CertCenter AG was announced “Symantec Website Security Partner of the Year“.
This makes us very proud and proves again that we are right on track in reaching our goal to create the most modern platform in the SSL/TLS management area.
OCSP (Online Certificate Status Protocol) is a new way to validate the revocation status of X.509 digital certificates. OCSP has superseded the previous protocol CRL (Certificate Revocation List) and improves upon some of its shortcomings.
A major limitation of CRL checking is that updates must be frequently downloaded in order to maintain a current list of valid X.509 certificates from the client. This in turn can put a burden on the client’s network and calling resources. OCSP responses contain less information than CRL checking, which in turn decreases the burden on the client network.
Symantec further improved OCSP performance by building a highly efficient and responsive OCSP infrastructure to ensure X.509 validity can be checked quickly and with minimal effort from the client. The result is that Symantec is the fastest in the industry in determining X.509 digital certificate status.
This is another example where Symantec is consistently working to improve the user experience while managing X.509 certificates within the demands of the modern Internet.
For a website, trust means business. Symantec SSL Certificates and the Norton Secured Seal displayed with them form the most trusted mark on the Internet. One reason this is true is that to use these assets, an organization must have its identity carefully validated. Now, customers can take advantage of a new feature called Symantec Ready Issuance and get new or renewed Symantec SSL Certificates as much as 288 times faster. CertCenter, a Symantec Website Security Partner, shows how the new feature works.
Getting Symantec SSL certificates is now faster and easier.
“Customers who ordered or renewed an Organization-Validated SSL certificate used to have to wait at least a day to get it”, says Carsten Müller, CEO at CertCenter, a leading Symantec Website Security Partner. “Now, using Symantec Ready Issuance, customers can get their certificate in 10 minutes – about 288 times faster than before”.
CertCenter has officially launched its Ready Issuance for Symantec SSL Certificates within the management portal “CertCenter Extranet”.
After transmission of an order for an SSL certificate with Organization Validation (OV), an extensive vetting of the applying organization, the relevant contact, and the domain name, are the main responsibilities of the Certification Authorities (CAs).
As the first provider outside of the USA, the internationally operating provider of SSL Certificates and anti-malware solutions – CertCenter – was awarded the highest partner status of “Specialist Partner” by the US-American security group Symantec (NASDAQ: SYMC).
Here at CertCenter, we always aim to convey the importance of SSL Certificates when using the Internet. The Norton Secured Seal (included in all Symantec Secure Site SSL Certificates) conveys trust in the Internet, and is a dignified sign that attests to a web page’s security and authenticity.