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Information Technology Services SOP for SSL Server and Personal Certificate Requests

The following is the standard operating procedure for SSL Certificate Requests. An SSL Certificate is SSL Certificate is a small data file that digitally binds a cryptographic key to your organization's details, typically:

* UTB/TSC domain name, server name or hostname
* UTB/TSC name and location
* In certain cases UTB/TSC contact details

An organization needs to install the SSL Certificate onto its web server to initiate secure sessions with browsers. All SSL Certificates are issued through UTB/TSC's trusted Certification Authority-Comodo through the Incommon Federation. Incommon creates and supports a common framework for trustworthy shared management of access to on-line resources in support of education and research in the United States.

Step 1 – Completely fill out the Digital Measures SSL Request Form (sop.docx)

  • All SSL Certficate requests, along with personal identifiable certificate requests must be done through this form.
  • The information to be collected includes:
  • Common Name (normally URL of server from CSR file)
  • Organization (Will all ways be UTB)
  • Department (not use at the moment)
  • Requester-(Administrator Christopher Cohen-Primary Issuer )
  • External Requester (email address of administrator to pick up SSL cert)
  • Web Server Environment Software
  • All certificates must have keys of 2048 as a minimum for cipher strength.
  • Please confirm the CSR files sent are 2048 strength or the request will be rejected.
  • Term (Choose from 1yr, 2yr, or 3yr Option)
  • CSR (Generated by Web Server Software)
  • E-mail finalized Digital Measures SSL Request Form to

Step 2 – Received SSL Certificates

  • Both Primary Issuer and Requester will be notified via e-mail when a SSL Certificate has been approved and validated by the In Common System.

Note: CSR =  Certificate signing request

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