Quick Start

Available to: Faculty, Staff, Departments, IT Professionals

Cost: No charge

Request SSL certificate

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates are used to establish secure connections and protect sensitive information in transmission by encrypting it. With SSL certificates, the unsecure HTTP and FTP protocols are replaced by the secure versions, HTTPS and SFTP. If your application transmits sensitive data over the Web, you may need an SSL certificate to comply with federal, state, or other regulations.


The security of information while being transmitted across the network is increased. The likelihood of a successful man-in-the-middle attack is reduced. Use of SSL certificates increases client trust in the security of your site.

Key Features

  • Standard SSL certificates enable use of HTTPS and SFTP, the secure versions of the web page and file transfer protocols.
  • Extended Validation (EV) certificates are also available. These are even more secure that the standard certificates and provide increased visibility for web pages and web applications. A website with an EV certificate displays a green bar or icon with the URL (web address) so your customers can more easily see they are at the real bu.edu.

What to Expect

This service normally will be available 24 by 7 except for standard change windows, as described in IS&T’s standard policies, procedures, and schedules for making changes


Systems must be owned by Boston University and located on BU’s network.

Getting Started

  • Contact us to request a certificate or more information