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.

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

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