SSL certificates enable encryption of sensitive information during online transactions and are used to confirm the identity of a web site or server and ensure the integrity of transmitted data. User certificates can be used to sign (authenticate) email messages, and, in some cases, can be used for encryption of email messages. Signing email messages provides authenticity and non-repudiation of the email message which can be verified by the recipient. Encrypting emails and sending to individuals that can de-encrypt the message provides confidentiality of the message and any attachments.

Cost and Restrictions

UA participates in the InCommon Certificate Service, which provides unlimted SSL/TLS and client certificates at no cost to UA employees or departments. InCommon, which is operated by Internet2, uses Comodo as the certification authority. More information about the InCommon Certificate Service and the certificates offered under the program can be found on the InCommon website.

Email the IT Service Desk to request a certificate. You will be contacted for the required information needed to generate the certificate.