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DigiCert OCSP-Stapling Improves NGINX Server Security

NGINX, the fastest growing Web server among high traffic sites, uses OCSP-Stapling to enhance trust in verifying SSL Certificate validity.

OCSP Security for NGINX Servers

DigiCert support of OCSP-Staling/MUST STAPLE means improved security for NGINX as it passes Apache as the server of choice among top sites on the Internet.

Beginning with the NGINX release of version 1.2.0, significant improvements were made to http proxy support. The use of OCSP-Stapling, means that the growing number of top sites on the Internet using NGINX will take advantage of security enhancements added on top of SSL encryption.

New initiatives supported by DigiCert are designed to improve online data security. Adding OCSP Stapling/MUST STAPLE, Certificate Authority Authorization (CAA), or taking advantage of Google’s Certificate Transparency (CT), will help improve privacy, reliability and validity checking for sites on the Internet.

“We have been continuously working on enhancements to NGINX that increase performance, reliability and security.  With improved SSL functionality we expect the vast majority of our customers to share our enthusiasm for increased safety on the Internet.”
-Igor Sysoev CTO and principal architect at NGINX

OCSP offers real-time status information used to confirm that an SSL Certificate on a website is valid. OCSP acts as an authoritative answer for certificate trust without relying on cached information, and is popular alternative to revocation lists.

OCSP-Stapling takes basic OCSP to the next level of trust by allowing the organization using the SSL Certificate, to respond to the browser’s OCSP request instead relying solely on Certificate Authority.

NGINX has the reputation of being an ultra fast and reliable web server. Nearly 40% of top 1000 traffic sites on the Internet use the NGINX web server and it’s increasingly becoming a popular web server of choice for administrators.

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About Flavio Martins

Flavio is the VP of Operations at DigiCert. He's a marketing and customer service leader and strategist. Flavio was named by Huffington Post as a Top Customer Experience Pro and by ICMI as a Top 50 Contact Center Leader. Follow him on Twitter @flavmartins or Google+ @FlavioMartins