Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS), is entering the digital Web site security certificate market. Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) has launched a new initiative that simplifies the process of using Secure Sockets Layer/Transport Layer Security certificates (SSL/TLS), which provide authentication and encryption services.
The company has launched the AWS Certificate Manager (ACM) to streamline and automate the complicated tasks associated with SSL/TLS certificate management. In a blog post last Wednesday, Jeff Barr, an executive at AWS, stated that ACM handles the complexity of provisioning and renewing digital certificates.
SSL/TLS certificates are a guarantee of Web site security. This is indicated by the little green padlock symbol that appears before the “https ://”” part of Web site URLs. It certifies that the site’s content comes from the right source.
According to the ACM site, SSL and its successor TLS are industry-standard protocols for encrypting network communications. They also establish the identity of Web sites over Internet. SSL/TLS provides encryption of sensitive data in transit and authentication using SSL/TLS certificate to establish your site’s identity and secure connections between browsers, applications and your site. AWS Certificate Manager makes it easy to create and manage SSL/TLS certificates.
AWS cloud users will now be able to use the new service for free with their Amazon CloudFront distributions and Elastic Load Balancers. AWS states that Elastic Load Balancing automatically distributes incoming traffic across multiple Amazon EC2 instances. Amazon CloudFront, on the other hand, is a content delivery Web-service that allows for quick and easy distribution of content.
Barr stated that SSL/TLS is essential for sensitive data being moved back and forth. SSL/TLS is used extensively by sites that must comply with compliance requirements such as FedRAMP, PCI-DSS, and HIPAA.
The ACM is currently only available in the US East (Northern Virginia), with more regional availability in the future.