The University of Texas at Austin

New Digital Certificates Available February 11, 2011

January 31, 2011

Digital certificates are used by faculty and staff to encrypt e-mail and data files, as well as to digitally sign e-mail as a means to verify that the message is actually from the sender.

For the past year, the Information Security Office (ISO) has provided faculty and staff at UT Austin with VeriSign-based digital certificates. Because digital certificates are critical to university business, UT System recently negotiated a new digital certificate contract with the InCommon Federation (in partnership with Comodo), to provide all UT System institutions with a cost-effective means for deploying and operating an unlimited number of both server (SSL) and personal (mPKI) digital certificates.

The new Comodo digital certificates will be available at no cost starting February 11, 2011 at to https://certs.security.utexas.edu. Current customers whose VeriSign digital certificates have expired or will expire before March 11, 2011 have been notified that new certificates will be available on February 11, 2011. ITS apologizes for the inconvenience caused during the interim period where some current customers may not have a certificate.

If you need assistance, please contact the ITS Help Desk at 475-9400. Additional information is available on the security forums at https://techstaff.utexas.edu/forums/techforum/viewthread/217/

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