On October 31, 2017, DigiCert, Inc. officially acquired Symantec Corporation’s Certificate Authority business, which includes all assets related to Symantec’s website security, SSL/TLS and PKI products. As the first phase of this transition, beginning on December 1, 2017, Symantec, GeoTrust, RapidSSL and Thawte certificates will now be issued from a new, upgraded PKI where the validation processes will be performed by DigiCert on behalf of Symantec.
As a result of this merger/acquisition, existing holders of Symantec SSL/TLS certificates need to reissue their certificates to get onto the new infrastructure depending on the original date of issuance of the certificate in question. Here are the critical dates that will impact your operations:
Effective December 1, 2017, all Symantec SSL/TLS certificates must be issued from a new PKI infrastructure in order for such certificates to be trusted in Google Chrome.
On or around March 15, 2018 (Chrome 66 Beta), Google Chrome will show a warning for sites secured with SSL/TLS certificates issued before June 1, 2016. Your security is not at risk and data encryption will function normally, but your site visitors will be disrupted by a warning in Chrome.
On or around September 13, 2018 (Chrome 70 Beta), Google Chrome will show a warning for sites secured with SSL/TLS certificates issued by Symantec’s existing PKI infrastructure. Your security is not at risk and data encryption will function normally, but your site visitors will be disrupted by a warning in Chrome.
To check if your certificate requires renewing, you can use this tool. If you need any further information or would like some assistance, contact us on 1300 228 734 or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.