Security Certificate Update for Campus Authentication Systems

Posted July 26, 2017 by Academic and Institutional Technology
Tags: Security Updates

Security Certificate Update for Campus Authentication Systems

Effective Date: July 27-August 8, 2017

Starting Thursday, July 27 at 12 PM, we will update the security certificates for our campus’s three LDAP authentication systems.

Rationale: Why Security Certificates Matter

Security certificates ensure that you are communicating with the intended service provider. They prevent someone from maliciously pretending to be your bank, social networking site, or campus wireless network. They're issued by a trusted third party or certificate authority.

Security certificates have to be re-issued every three years or they expire. In this way, they work like a driver's license or other official ID. In order to get an official ID, you have to prove your identity to a trusted authority. After that, you have to renew your license or ID every few years so you have an up-to-date way to prove to others that you are who you say you are. Security certificates work the same way.

Impact on College Community

From July 27 at 12 PM through August 8 at 12:15 PM we will update the security certificate for our campus authentication systems. We do not expect any outages from the updates.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 630.752.4357 (HELP) or by email at