Imagine a world where the majority of our website certificates are issued and renewed automatically with no unit cost.  What seemed a dream has now become possible due to the Let's Encrypt project.

The IS Web Hosting Service has trail-blazed the use of this with great success over the last few month, made possible by software vendor supplied support.  This innovation project will employ a University student to explore how our other processes for delivering and maintaining websites can be enhanced to take advantage of the Let's Encrypt service.

The investigations and partnerships are broad:

  • directly configuring the Apache, Tomcat and IIS web-servers
  • identifying APIs to indirectly configure the Load Balancer services, Central Firewall exceptions, and DNS records
  • working with the University web audit, cross IS, college and school computing officers
  • engaging with Jisc and Let's Encrypt.

Deliverables:

  1. Employment for a University of Edinburgh student
  2. A set of guidelines for judging the suitability of using Let's Encrypt for a web site
  3. Instructions on how to configure web servers in the University.
  4. Identified requirements of network components configurations to maximise the benefits of using Let's Encrypt in the University.
  5. Partnership opportunities with Let's Encrypt.

The project will run from November 2017 until the end of July 2018.

Current project status

Report Date RAG Budget Effort Completed Effort to complete
July 2018 BLUE 56.0 days 56.0 days 0.0

Project Info

Project
Free Automatic Website Certificates
Code
ITI029
Programme
IS Innovation - IT Infrastructure (INI)
Management Office
ISG PMO
Project Manager
Kenneth MacDonald
Project Sponsor
Anthony Weir
Current Stage
Close
Status
Closed
Start Date
27-Oct-2017
Planning Date
n/a
Delivery Date
n/a
Close Date
31-Jul-2018
Overall Priority
Normal

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