Boston, MA (PRWEB) May 30, 2013
GlobalSign, the enterprise SaaS Certificate Authority (CA), today unveiled findings from its first Quarterly SSL Configuration Evaluation, an analysis showing how effectively global organizations are implementing SSL (Secure Socket Layer) to protect their websites. The research evaluated thousands of website URLs of organizations that utilized the GlobalSign SSL Configuration Checker; many of these organizations were looking to assess the strength and quality of their SSL configurations. Statistics revealed that in the first quarter of 2013 over 6,000 sites used the tool to evaluate the effectiveness of their SSL, and 269 of those sites used the remediation guidance provided by GlobalSign to improve and, in some cases, strengthen the security of their sites within a matter of minutes.
Upon visiting GlobalSigns SSL Configuration Checker, powered by Qualys SSL Labs, organizations enter their website addresses and instantly receive a letter grade for their configuration. The grading system has three steps. First, the sites SSL certificate is examined to confirm that it is trusted and valid. If a server fails this step, it is automatically given a zero. Next, the server configuration is tested in three categories: 1) protocol support, 2) key exchange support and 3) cipher support. Finally, a score between 0 and 100 is assigned to the site. The grading scale is as follows: