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How does SSL work?
Secure Socket Layer (SSL) is the fundamental security protocol that has enabled use of the Internet to extend from information presentation to e-business. By encrypting information between the Web browser and the Web server, transactions that require a degree of confidentiality can be delivered via the internet.

At the heart of enabling this security is the SSL certificate. As enterprise and governments rely more and more on SSL , the number of certificates in use can grow into the hundreds or even thousand. Along with the increase in numbers, the cost and effort of managing these certificates also increases.

There are three key areas impacting the cost and complexity of managing SSL certificate today :

• SSL Certificates Features – selecting the right certificate can significantly impact the real and perceived security of your Web site
• Account Administration – allowing SSL certificates to be administered in line with how they are deployed within the organization can significantly simplify internal processes
• Lifecycle Management – enabling the ability to manage the number, expiry and renewal dates of certificates all through a simple , efficient interface

Our Certificate Management Service helps organizations secure their online transactions quickly and efficiently with limited effort required by the user or administrator. So organizations can be confident that communications are secure and that their online presence is a trusted one, thereby increasing customer confidence an reducing security risks.

To learn more about the Certificate Management Service and how it can help your enterprise grow, please refer to Intesa web site at www.intesa.it

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SSL Certificates Enable Security in an Unsecured Environment
The Web's popularity, convenience and widespread use for communication and commerce make it an easy target for malicious activity. To counter such threats, cryptographic security protocol like Secure Sockets Layer technology enabled the protection of electronically transmitted information via encryption. The result was a transformation of the Internet from static, presentation-style information Web pages to the modern, media-intense, interactive Web sites. SSL encryption software facilitated the explosion of e-commerce entities, and today is built into every major Web browser. At its core is the SSL certificate: an electronic document that activates the SSL capabilities of Web browsers, servers and devices.

SSL Certificates as Part of the Public Key Infrastructure
An SSL certificate contains two important elements: identifiable information about the registered domain and a public key for encrypting communication. These elements make the SSL certificate a vital component of PKI security. Public key infrastructure, or PKI, is the arrangement by which public keys are bound to their respective user identities by means of a certifiication authority. This binding of the public key to its associated user identity is accomplished upon issuing of the SSL certificate, which comes as the result of registration and issuance processes, and is digitally signed by the issuing certifiication authority. This digital signature, validated information and distinctive public key are encoded in the issued SSL certificate and, consequently, make the certificate unique and unalterable.

Entrust SSL Certificates Instill Consumer Confidence
Much like an electronic passport, the credentialing information contained in an SSL certificate serves to identify the domain to which it was issued. More importantly, perhaps, is that this information has been validated by an independent certification authority, whose signature attests for the authenticity of that certificate holder. Since the SSL certificate serves as the global standard in securing the electronic transfer of data, especially wherever financial account information is communicated, a high level of confidence must be maintained in the certificate's authentication. This confidence will always be subject to the issuing certification authority and its authentication procedures, particularly if the certification authority is not recognized by major Web browsers.


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