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Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates, sometimes called digital certificates, are used to establish an encrypted connection between a browser or user's computer and a server or website.


OSU subscribes to InCommon for security certificates. InCommon, a federated organization of higher education institutions, issues various types of digital certificates in which secure encrypted connections between a user’s computer and the destination server or website. These certificates are backed by the Sectigo Certificate Authority, a commercial entity that provides web security solutions.

Getting Started

To acquire an SSL certificate, you will need to generate a Certificate Signing Request (CSR). View directions for generating a CSR. Once you have generated the CSR for your server or website, you submit it in the SSL Request Form. A certificate will then be generated within two business days.


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