Secure Certificates (formerly Internal Certificate Authority)

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Secure Certificates were created as part of the decision package for the Integration Competency Center and provides digital certificates for use inside the State Governmental Network to address the need to protect data in transit. The Enterprise Security Services group provides the Secure Certificate service.

Secure Certificates enable strong end point authentication and inter-server data encryption via SSL/TLS. Secure certificates are not intended for personal identification such as non-repudiation, digital signature, or smart cards (cards that you carry with a digital certificate and use to authenticate by the card into the system).

Secure Certificates address the whole digital certificate lifecycle. Secure Certificates provide a website for certificate requests, verification, approval, and download. Additionally Secure Certificates provide a Certificate Revocation List (CRL) which allows systems to validate that a certificate has not been revoked and email notification for timely renewal of certificates.

Certificates issued to State Agencies by the are used for encryption, authentication, and identification of servers and/or client via SSL and TLS. Some agencies use Secure Certificates to provide protection of sensitive data and high value resources.

Features and Benefits: 

  • Certificate Revocation List (CRL) which allows systems to validate the certificate status.
  • Real-time online processing of customer requests for approval and downloading of certificates.
  • A redundant, highly available production environment to support automated certificate requests & issuance.
  • Includes development, customer test, and production environments. 

Fees for Service: 

Secure Certificates are part of a security allocation fee charged to all state agencies.

Description Fee
Secure Certificates for partner agencies that are included in the monthly Security Gateway allocation No additional cost
Secure Certificates for partner agencies not included in the monthly Security Gateway allocation with more than 50 FTEs $1,500/mo. base fee plus a per FTE fee and a per certificate fee
Secure Certificates for partner agencies not included in the monthly Security Gateway allocation with less than 50 FTEs $500/mo. base fee and a per application fee
One-time set up fee Five (5) percent of the monthly fee

Pre-Service Requirements: