[Board] [SAC] SSL Certificate Policy

Jody Garnett jody.garnett at gmail.com
Fri May 6 09:50:16 PDT 2016

I do not think the board needs a position, we are happy to be guided by the
system admin committee in this (and many matters) :D

I would tend to error on the side of less volunteer time as a rule, but it
is really up to SAC.

Jody Garnett

On 6 May 2016 at 11:06, Alex M <tech_dev at wildintellect.com> wrote:

> OSGeo Board,
> We recently renewed the SSL certificate for the *.osgeo.org domains. In
> doing so there's an unresolved policy question I'd like to get answered.
> Our old certificate was Org Validated (OV). All that means is that the
> certificate authority does a little extra checking on the org, it's
> slightly more expensive (~$150+/yr), and that it's harder to change
> anything in our account related to the certificate. The outward facing
> result is that if you read the certificate details the Organization(O)
> line is filled out.
> The new certificate (because we were on a time crunch) is a Domain
> Validated (DV). It's a little cheaper, and way easier to login and work
> with. It's also similar enough to Mozilla's new letsencrypt project that
> we might be able to switch to that later on.
> From a money perspective, I don't think the difference between $250 vs
> $400 a year is big difference. From a technical perspective both work,
> equally well. Other orgs seems to mostly use OV certificates. But I've
> found very few people who seem to care, and you can't really tell unless
> you open the certificate details.
> The only thing that would happen now if we change back to OV, is that it
> will take more volunteer hours to get the new one, cancel the current
> one (100% refund is not an issue in the 1st 30 days).
> Does the board have a position on if they want to use an OV or are
> people content with the DV certificates?
> Thanks,
> Alex
> Sys Admin Committee
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