The open-source Let’s Encrypt project has been an innovating force on the security landscape over the last several years, providing millions of free SSL/TLS certificates to help secure web traffic. Aside from the disruptive model of providing certificates for free, Let’s Encrypt has also helped to pioneer new technology to help manage and deliver certificates as well, including the Automated Certificate Management Environment (ACME).
ACME is no longer just a Let’s Encrypt effort at this point in 2017 and is now being standardized by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). The ACME protocol can be used by a Certificate Authority (CA) to automate the process of verification and certificate issuance.
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