Guest post by Hackrfi: Why does one buy commercial certificates, and another ends up with Let’s Encrypt?

“The danger from the viewpoint of the organization and IT is that when you have the hammer in your hand the business and infra start to look like mere nails”

The Let’s Encrypt DV certificates still give rise to discussions. Last month we wrote about answering the customer’s question “Can you tell us why we should use you and Entrust when we get certs free of charge e.g. from Let’s Encrypt?”. This time the subject is reviewed by one of the top professionals in IT security. Thomas Malmberg has written this article from the viewpoint of Hackrfi Ltd. but I have met him the first time in 2012 when he was working as the IT Security Manager for the Aktia bank. We have since kept contact and I have the pleasure of exchanging ideas with him about data security especially in the financial world at our annual lunch meeting. Thomas’s position as the CEO of both Mintsecurity and Hackrfi gives him a special vantage point. Let us give the stage to Thomas!

Thomas Malmberg, Hackrfi Ltd., Mintsecurity Ltd.
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“Can you tell us why we should use you and Entrust when we get certs free of charge e.g. from Let’s Encrypt?”

The ICT Manager Teppo Kartano from the city of Rauma sent us a message on Sep-12 2019:

“Hi, we had a discussion here about certificates and their prices. Can you tell us why we should use you and Entrust when we get certs free of charge e.g. from Let’s Encrypt?”

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The maximum life-time of Entrust public certificates will be reduced to 398 days because Apple will change the policy in the Safari browser

Apple informed in the CA/Browser Forum meeting held in Bratislava on week 8 that starting from 1.9.2020 the Safari browser will accept only new SSL certificates which are valid at most for 398 days. There will be a warning if the life-time exceeds this value. Certificates created before 1.9.2020 may have also longer life-times (e.g. 2 years). As a result also Entrust Datacard has announced that in the future the maximum life-time of Entrust certificates will be reduced to 398 days. We will inform our customers when this change is official.

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Video streams from our seminar on Feb-6 and highlights from session “SSL/TLS certificates – what lies ahead?”

Our seminar ”Electronic signing, PKI Management and SSL certificates” on Feb-6 2019 was attended by over 40 professionals with lots of experience about cyber security. The seminar was streamed on-line to the net and it is still available as recordings. This article provides the links to the recordings and the material as well as highlights from the third session.

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Video streams from our seminar on Feb-6 and highlights from session ”PKI Management and Managed PKI”

Our seminar ”Electronic signing, PKI Management and SSL certificates” on Feb-6 2019 was attended by over 40 professionals with lots of experience about cyber security. The seminar was streamed on-line to the net and it is still available as recordings. This article provides the links to the recordings and the material as well as highlights from the second session.

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Video streams from our seminar on Feb-6 and highlights from session ”Electronic signing, digital signing, eIDAS, PadES”

Our seminar ”Electronic signing, PKI Management and SSL certificates” on Feb-6 2019 was attended by over 40 professionals with lots of experience about cyber security. The seminar was streamed on-line to the net and it is still available as recordings. This article provides the links to the recordings and the material as well as highlights from the first session.

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Starting this blog finally also in English

we_secure_700X400Our web site and blog have been running since 2015 only in Finnish and only about SSL certificates. It is time to change this.

Our goal has been to make our customers’ life easier when dealing with SSL certificates. Obviously this has worked as our market share in Finland in OV/EV certificates has gone from 1% to 17% in seven years. And despite the size of the company (5 persons) Wesentra has become the largest distributor of SSL certificates for Entrust Datacard in Europe (and won SSL Partner of the Year EMEA award in 2018).

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