Even when business is booming, smart companies always have an eye on the bottom line. Security is not usually one of the first places companies look to trim expenses, but some IT professionals believe that they can easily lower costs by eliminating third-party Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Certificate Authorities (CAs) from the budget equation.
The total cost of ownership of an SSL certificate is far more than just the price of the certificate. From security hardware, to management software, the costs of establishing a secure self-signing architecture can quickly add up.
This paper explores the true total cost of ownership for self-signed SSL certificates, including a side-by-side comparison of a self-signed architecture versus working with a third-party SSL vendor.Before a company decides to use self-signed certificates, these issues deserve careful consideration .