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Unlimited SSL Certificates Free to California Community CollegesCalifornia’s community colleges can obtain an unlimited number of Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificates – free of charge – as a service of the California Community Colleges (CCC) Information Security Center.

SSL certificates are available to all 114 colleges through a partnership with InCommon. To be able to receive free certificates, colleges must be members of the InCommon Federation at the district level. InCommon membership is underwritten by the CCC Chancellor’s Office to facilitate a federated identity fabric for technology applications that are used across the college system.

InCommon’s identity management framework:

  • Lets each user have one ID to access applications within a secure network, and
  • Allows organizations to better manage the way technology is accessed and shared

Why SSL Certificates?

SSL is a protocol that encrypts data shared through a website, such as user IDs, passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive information. SSL certificates give website users confidence that their personal information is protected.

SSL certificates should be installed on any web server that requires a login, or collects and displays personal information. Doing so prevents this information from being intercepted on insecure networks.

SSL certificates typically cost hundreds of dollars for only a few accounts. For institutions with many web domains, that can add up to tens of thousands of dollars per year. By joining the InCommon Federation, California community colleges can obtain SSL certificates for all web servers for no charge:

  • Secure all your college/district websites for no charge
  • Save thousands of dollars
  • Protect your users
  • Protect your institution

How To Get Free SSL Certificates

If your district is already a member of InCommon, apply for SSL certificates at

If your district has not yet joined InCommon, contact the CCC Technology Center Enabling Services College Relationship Managers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information about how to join and start generating free SSL certificates.

For more information, download a copy of the Information Security Center's whitepaper, "Managing Information Security On Campus," and visit the Information Security Center website at

Crista Souza is the TechEDge News Editor


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