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BLOG: Are self-signed SSL certificates as insecure as they say?

Cory Flynn, CEO and founder of Firewall Experts | Feb. 16, 2012
Given the recent problems with SSL certificates provided by third-party companies, one has to wonder why we place all this trust in these vendors. We allow them to process and produce "trusted" certificates for our websites, but in the end even Google, Microsoft and state and federal governments are falling victim to fraud.

We cannot, after all, as individuals or companies, cry foul because we chose to allow a stranger to hold the CA keys only to find out that stranger turned out to be lax and a party to thieves!

Firewall Experts, based in the greater Boston area, provides security services and solutions around regulatory compliance. This includes security infrastructure design and implementation as well as penetration testing, security training and documentation services. For more information visit


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