Digital Certificates

A digital certificate is an electronic signature that establishes your credentials when doing business or other transactions on the Web. They can also be used to help encrypt network traffic between computers.

Digital certificates are issued by a certification authority (CA),and can contain your name, identification number, expiration dates, a copy of the certificate holder's public key (used for encrypting messages and digital signatures), and the digital signature of the certificate-issuing authority so that a recipient can verify that the certificate is real.

The University provides InCommon digital certificates to faculty, staff and departments for accessing computer services that require them. Digital certificates are available for computer workstations as well as servers.

For Your Computer

Go to Manage My Account, click on Apply for Digital Certificate, and follow the instructions.

For Servers

Call CSSD's Technology Help Desk at 412 624-HELP [4357].

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