SSL Security – Self-Signed vs. Certificate Authority

With security breaches on the rise, business websites should have a high level of security to earn the trust of their customers. E-commerce websites are more prone to cyberattacks. According to IBM, 1.5 million cyberattacks were registered in 2013. CSID provides a more in-depth analysis of security breaches: the financial industry (dealing with credit and debit cards) experienced 62% of cyberattacks, followed by the health sector where cyberattacks cost $233 per lost record.

To securely process data online, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is a necessity. SSL is a security protocol that secures the data of millions of individuals on the Internet every day. It provides a secure link between a client (a browser or an email client) and a server (a website or a mail server). The SSL security protocol determines the variables of the encryption for the data and link. To keep your server data secure, you need to create a security certificate. There are two options: you can create a self-signed certificate, or you can get a certificate from a certificate authority (CA) such as Verisign.

SSL SecuritySSL Security: Self-Signed Certificate vs. Signed Certificate from a CA

Security wise, both certificates work the same way. They enable you to create sites that are inaccessible to third parties. Data transferred through an SSL or HTTPS connection is encrypted to provide a high level of security. The difference lies in getting customers’ trust. A certificate from a CA implies that your website is secure as it is certified by a trusted source. CAs such as Verisign verify the ownership of the domain and even check the trustworthiness of the business before issuing an SSL security certificate. That’s why customers trust Verisign certificates when providing sensitive information such as credit card details to e-commerce sites.

Security certificates from a certificate authority aren’t free; you have to pay for an SSL security certificate. To optimize costs, you can use a self-signed certificate whenever possible. For instance, webpages that do not require credit card information or sensitive data can be handled with a self-signed certificate. More specifically, when developers are working on a secure website, they can test the site using a self-signed SSL security certificate. You don’t have to pay extra for your in-house procedures.

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SSL Security: Secure Access with Parallels RAS

With Parallels RAS, you can easily generate a self-signed certificate or create a request for a certificate from a CA at both the Gateway and High Availability Load Balancer layers. The process is quick and simple. You can configure the certificate from within the Parallels Client Secure Gateway to accept connections from Parallels clients over SSL.

While prioritizing security, Parallels RAS provides a comprehensive virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution to effectively monitor and manage your entire infrastructure at a cost-effective price.

References

SSL Security: Data breach statistics | IBM

http://www-935.ibm.com/services/us/en/it-services/security-services/data-breach/

SSL Security: Data Breaches by Industry |CSID

http://www.csid.com/resources/stats/data-breaches-by-industry/

SSL Security: Certificate Signing Request | Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Certificate_signing_request

SSL Security: Signed vs. Self-Signed Certificates | About

http://webdesign.about.com/od/ssl/a/signed_v_selfsi.htm

SSL Security: What is an SSL Certificate? | Global Sign

https://www.globalsign.com/en/ssl-information-center/what-is-an-ssl-certificate/

 
 
 
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