GlobalSign, a SaaS Certificate Authority (CA), has launched a new initiative to help support the open-source community and increase the adoption of Secure Socket Layer (SSL) by providing free SSL Certificates for any qualified open-source projects. By offering this service, GlobalSign hopes to encourage the use of SSL in application development and the growth of security best practices.
The announcement is part of the company’s commitment to the open source community. As CivSource reported last week, the company has also recently launched a new tool designed to help users and developers check the security of their website. This launch follows by providing security tools developers need.
Projects are eligible to receive one free Wildcard SSL Certificate valid for as long as the project meets minimum requirements. Open-source software projects that allow developers and the general public to freely access the source code have become very popular and are looked upon by many as leaders in the industry, representing an important segment of the technology community. GlobalSign hopes this partnership can also make a difference by setting an example in how SSL is deployed today.
To qualify for a free Wildcard SSL Certificate from GlobalSign, the software project must use a license approved by the Open Source Initiative. GlobalSign will also require that projects maintain secure SSL configurations.