Enterprise SaaS Certificate Authority GlobalSign today announced that it will now be providing free SSL Certificates for qualified open-source projects. The new service aims to encourage the use of SSL in application development and the growth of security best practices.
Open-source projects will be eligible to receive one free Wildcard SSL Certificate valid for as long as the project meets minimum requirements, which are as follows:
- The software project must be licensed with a license approved by the Open Source Initiative.
- The software project must actively maintain secure SSL configurations.
- Order must meet all vetting requirements and agree to GlobalSign’s standard Subscriber Agreement.
- The software project must follow industry best practices in configuring SSL and get an “A” when tested with the GlobalSign SSL Configuration Checker.
- The site must not be used for commercial purposes.
With the new service, Open source projects can secure several sub domains under one certificate, save on time and money when it comes to strengthening security for their domains and concentrate on their projects without worrying about security.
Developers can also significantly improve the trust of their open source projects by letting users know that they are receiving unmodified authentic software and/or source code.
GlobalSign aims to make a difference in how SSL is deployed in the industry today with the new initiative.
“We are delighted to show our commitment to the open-source community by offering free SSL Certificates to these projects,” said Ryan Hurst, Chief technology officer, GMO GlobalSign, Inc.
“We believe this effort will not only help the developers and users of open-source projects but also encourage the adoption of industry best-practices in the use of SSL,” he added.
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