The reality of operating a business in today’s always-online world is grim, but simple – security must come first. We therefore recommend all businesses apply an SSL certificate within their network.

What is an SSL Certificate?

SSL certificates are used to encrypt the data passing between two resources over a network. In many cases, that network is the Internet. Unencrypted data is vulnerable to “Man-in-the-Middle” attacks, where an attacker could potentially intercept information such as account credentials, the contents of emails, or credit card details.

When is an SSL Certificate Required?

An SSL certificate is basically essential if you still have an Exchange Server running within your network - especially if you want to access emails on your mobile devices.

With a growing number of businesses moving to Office 365, an SSL certificate may no longer be required to protect your email system. The rest of your network can still benefit though, and we recommend using an SSL certificate for the following:

  • Secure remote access by your staff to server applications and data
  • Secure remote access to server hardware and operating systems by your IT support team
  • Enhanced security for network devices like wireless access points and switches

SSL Certificates Options

NetCare recommend all our clients invest in an SSL certificate. There are 1,2 and 3-year options available - we typically recommend the 2-year Standard SSL option, valued at $190 (plus GST).

Applying the SSL certificate to your server is a technical process that takes about an hour to complete, without the need for a server restart.

SSL Certificates for Your Website

In addition to increasing security within your network, SSL certificates are also a very good idea for your website. In the past an SSL Certificate was only used for ecommerce sites that were collecting sensitive information like passwords and credit card numbers.

However, in today’s digital age any website that collects personal information is now penalised in search engine results and in its visual display if it doesn't have a SSL Certificate. And that basically means every website. For more information, refer to this article on making your website secure.