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Linux Foundation to Host Open Encryption Project

By 2015-04-098月 22nd, 2017Press Release

Akamai, Cisco, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Mozilla and others aim to provide free, easy way to protect our online lives with Lets Encrypt

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 9, 2015 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development, today announced it will host the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG) and its Let’s Encrypt project, a free, automated and open security certificate authority for the public’s benefit. Let’s Encrypt allows website owners to obtain security certificates within minutes, enabling a safer web experience for all.

This work is sponsored by founding Platinum members Akamai, Cisco, Electronic Frontier Foundation and Mozilla; Gold member IdenTrust; and Silver member Automattic.

A tremendous amount of data is passed over the Internet every minute of every day. This data includes usernames and passwords, credit card information, cookies and other types of sensitive or personal information. Encryption can help ensure this information doesn’t land in the hands of hackers or identity thieves. However, the SSL certificates required for encryption on the Internet have historically been very difficult for website owners to obtain. Let’s Encrypt will allow website owners to obtain SSL certificates through a free and simple process that will take no longer than a few minutes to complete.

“While the web has been a part of our lives for decades now, the data shared across networks is still at risk,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. “By hosting this important encryption project in a neutral forum we can accelerate the work towards a free, automated and easy security certification process that benefits millions of people around the world.”

“Encryption should be the default for the web,” said Josh Aas, executive director, ISRG. “The web is a complicated place these days; it’s difficult for consumers to be in control of their data. The only reliable strategy for making sure that everyone’s private data and information is protected while in transit over the web is to encrypt everything. Let’s Encrypt simplifies this.”

To learn more about this project and to get involved, please visit:

ISRG is a California public benefit corporation with the mission to reduce financial, technological and education barriers to secure communication over the Internet. ISRG and Let’s Encrypt will be hosted as a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project, which are independently funded software projects that harness the power of collaborative development to fuel innovation across industries and ecosystems. By spreading the collaborative DNA of the largest collaborative software development project in history, The Linux Foundation provides the essential collaborative and organizational framework so project hosts can focus on innovation and results. Linux Foundation Collaborative Projects span the enterprise, mobile, embedded and life sciences markets and are backed by many of the largest names in technology. For more information about Linux Foundation Collaborative Projects, please visit:

About The Linux Foundation

The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux and collaborative software development. Founded in 2000, the organization sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and promotes, protects and advances the Linux operating system and collaborative software development by marshaling the resources of its members and the open source community. The Linux Foundation provides a neutral forum for collaboration and education by hosting Collaborative Projects, Linux conferences including LinuxCon, and generating original research and content that advances the understanding of Linux and collaborative software development. More information can be found at


The Linux Foundation, Linux Standard Base, MeeGo, Tizen and Yocto Project are trademarks of The Linux Foundation. AllSeen is a trademark of AllSeen Alliance Inc., OpenBEL is a trademark of OpenBEL Consortium Inc. OpenDaylight is a trademark of the OpenDaylight Project Inc., Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds. Lets Encrypt is a trademark of ISRG.





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