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[INFOGRAPHIC] Choosing a reliable Certificate Authority

Feb 19, 2021, 10:05 AM by Riaan De Villiers
3 tips on how to choose a good Certificate Authority.

Choose Certificate Authority.

Whether you deal directly or indirectly with customer’s sensitive information on the web, securing your website with SSL / TLS is no longer just optional, but it is imperative since popular web browsers like Chrome alert users to websites that do not use HTTP.

A Certificate Authority (CA) issues SSL / TLS certificates to organizations or individuals after completing an identity verification process.  All publicly trusted CAs are also subject to rigorous third-party audits to maintain their position as trusted CAs.

However, finding a CA with the tools and the expertise to guide you to set up your web server and applications to use the SSL / TLS protocol can be challenging.

So, what do you look for when you have to choose a Certificate Authority?

Good reputation

Ensure that the Certificate Authority has a good reputation for customer service. It is essential that your CA can be accessible and ready to help you while meeting your customer’s specific needs. Your customers will trust you more if they see the name of a CA with a good reputation on your website.

Adoption of new technology

There will always be new threats and new vulnerabilities are discovered continuously. It is vital to ensure that you work with a provider who prioritises staying abreast of new and improved features like certificate transparency, certificate pinning, newer algorithms and crypto agility.

Offers certificate management tools

Choose a CA which has easy certificate life-cycle management, monitoring services, and support for integration with an extensive list of 3rd party solutions. A good certificate management tool helps you to keep track of which Certificate Authority issued each certificate, where it was installed, and when it is expiring.  

Contact LAWtrust today to find out how we can help you.