The SSL Life Cycle

How Your Organisation Gets an SSL Certificate

PDF The process of requesting and receiving an SSL Certificate typically involves technical people in your organization completing web forms and/or emails to request and receive them. This largely manual process takes some time and there are also request/response time delays between each of the ‘steps’ of the process. The following diagram illustrates the standard steps in the process of requesting and installing an SSL Certificate on a device or server.


With this number of steps and the need to rely on the CA to act promptly to all requests (assuming that the Validation of these requests by the RA is positive so that the Certificate can be issued), ‘time loss’ is a natural consequence of the process.