Web server authentication is an essential element of an organization’s trust strategy for e-business. In the same way that an enterprise wants to verify the identities of individuals who transact business on their web site, those visitors want to validate the entity they conduct transactions with. By reliably authenticating web servers to visiting browsers, SSL server certificates help build that trust.
Until recently, enterprises had to rely on an external provider to issue SSL server certificates. For many organizations—especially larger enterprises – this service-based model did not meet their needs. For example, in an environment with hundreds of servers, the annual cost of deploying server certificates quickly escalates. In addition, the speed and flexibility of issuing certificates is constrained by the provider’s business processes and delivery capabilities.
Given these factors, many organizations would prefer to manage web server authentication on their own. Now that is possible with the RSA Security Web Server SSL technology application.