Certificate Services

In cryptography, a public key certificate (also known as a digital certificate) is an electronic document that uses a digital signature to bind a public key with an identity —such as the name of a person or an organization, their address, or more. The certificate is used to verify that a public key belongs to an individual or entity.

In typical public key infrastructures (PKI), the signature is issued by a certificate authority (CA). The certificate signer on a certificate signature attests that the identity information and the public key belong together. For this form of security to be provable, there must be reliance on a factor external to the system. Therefore, public key certification schemes rely on a special setup body and procedure, such as a certificate authority. IUCC’s certificate authority (CA) issues digital certificates that certify ownership of a public key by the named subject of the certificate.

The IUCC CA provides free certificates to members of the academic community approved by their academic institute. IUCC mainly issues two types of certificates: personal certificates, used to identify individuals, and server certificates, used to identify machines.

IUCC provides the certificate service as a member of the GEANT certificate service, which is a consortium of NRENs that have negotiated a special discount for all the academic community. IUCC is also a member of the EUGridPMA consortium.

Contact your local RA (Registration Authority) on your campus for details on how to acquire a certificate.

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