The key cutting of the CREN root certificate occurred on November 17, 1999,
when CREN deployed a top-level Certificate Authority (CA) Service to provide
authentication services for
CREN's member institutions and other academic and
research organizations. The CREN CA service provides access to secure on-line
information, enabling individuals at these institutions to share information
in a cryptographically secure environment. This first CREN public key was
originally issued with a validity period of four years (up through 11/17/03).
In consultation with the community, CREN updated the public key in June of 2000
with a longer validity period -- eight years -- making the current CREN
certificate valid until November 16, 2007, 7:00 EST. Since key updates keep
all original key pairs, every current holder of the CREN CA public key
automatically maintains a CREN certificate with this new, longer validity period
Browse our photo gallery of the key cutting event!
View the CREN certificate with the eight-year validity period here