Free SSL Certificate Initiative ‘Let’s Encrypt’ Secures OVH as Platinum Sponsor

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France-based cloud and web hosting provider OVH has become a Platinum sponsor of Let’s Encrypt, an open-source initiative aimed at eliminating the barriers to trusted SSL/TSL (Secure Sockets Layer/Transport Layer Security) certificates which help engender trust online.

Let’s Encrypt is a free, automated and open certificate authority run by the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG), a public benefit corporation registered in California. Its goal is to make it possible for site owners to get a trusted certificate that’s recognized by nearly all browsers at no cost.

This certificate service has been in public beta since December 3.

OVH will be using Let’s Encrypt’s technology to make encryption standard for its services which span more than 220,000 physical servers in 17 data centers world-wide. “With Let’s Encrypt, OVH will be able to set a new standard for security by offering end-to-end encrypted communications by default to all its communities,” OVH CTO and founder Octave Klaba said in a statement.

Other Platinum sponsors of Let’s Encrypt include Mozilla, Cisco, Akamai, and the EFF. In the past few months, Internet Society and Facebook joined as Gold sponsors. Donations from partners are used to pay for staff and other operations costs.

The SSL/TLS security standards are aimed at establishing an encrypted link between a server and a client so that, for instance, a web browser can securely connect to a web server without information being seen by a third-party.

In recent years, organizations such as Microsoft, Google, MongoDB, and the Linux Foundation have taken efforts to make encryption the default mode of communications. And last year, CDN and Web Application Firewall provider CloudFlare announced it would be providing Universal SSL to all of its customers, including those using its free service.

Meanwhile powerful figures such as US Senator Diane Feinstein and FBI Director James Comey have been calling for backdoors to encryption in the name of counter-terrorism and public safety. But encryption advocates contend that encryption provides a safer internet where transmissions of personal data are less easily intercepted by third-parties – and that free SSL/TLS certificates lower the barrier to encrypted communications, resulting in a more trustworthy internet.

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