Applying for the Certificate Service

How to apply for the SA NREN Certificate Service at your institution

The SA NREN Certificate Service allows beneficiary institutions access to organisationally-validated SSL, wildcard, unified communications, personal (S/MIME), and code-signing certificates backed by a commercial  CA (currently Comodo). The service is currently available to TENET beneficiary institutions at no additional cost, which means there's a potential for savings on your existing SSL certificate bill.

To take advantage of this offering, you need to get the person normally authorised to place orders on TENET to contact certs at tenet.ac.za. That person needs to nominate and provide contact details for an initial Registration Authority Officer (RAO), and to indicate which ac.za domain(s) they'd like included. The RAO will be responsible for approving certificates within the organisation, and needs to have both a technical understanding of certificates and sufficient understanding of your institutional processes to be able to make informed decisions. The initial RAO can, in turn, delegate responsibility to other RAOs or departmental RAOs (for sub-domains) within your organisation.

The certificate service, which is limited to ac.za domains, currently makes use of Comodo's enterprise CCM platform. RAOs make use of CCM's web platform to apply for, and approve, certificates in a mostly-automated process. CCM also allows the RAO to manage departments and other users for your organisation, and to request access for other ac.za domains (although the latter requires manual approval).

The certificate service is in an early-adopter phase which means that limited, best-effort support is available from TENET. However, Comodo has comprehensive manuals available and a significant number of institutions are already making use of the service.

Service Support

TENET is an honorary member of the Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA) and upholds ISPA's Code of Conduct
 

 

Partnerships and Affiliations

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SANReN is TENET's principal partner in the South African NREN landscape. 
 
Universities South Africa, formally known as Higher Education South Africa(HESA), is a membership organisation representing South Africa’s universities. 
 
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ASAUDIT is a key partner and collaborator in service strategy and design. ASAUDIT facilitates IT collaboration between higher education institutions in South Africa.
 
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TENET is a founder member of the UbuntuNet Alliance for Research and Education Networking. The Alliance serves the regional REN needs of eastern and southern Africa.
 
WAPA LogoTENET is an Associate (NPO) member of the Wireless Access Providers’ Association of South Africa.