FOCUS - Digital Certificates Service

Code Signing Certificates

In September’s newsletter, we already provided some information about out service DCS (Digital Certificate Service). The digital certificate is a digital document that allows you to authenticate the owner, be it an organisation, a member of staff, a server or a website, as being a trusted source. With the Digital Certificates Service, Belnet offers to become your sole certificate administrator for the whole of your organisation, thanks to an interface offering you great flexibility and optimal management. This ensures custom-made security for your organisation's network, e-mails, websites and web applications.

Belnet offers, in collaboration with DigiCert, various certificates to our customers. In the upcoming months, we will look each of the certificates in detail, so that you can clearly understand the benefits of each certificate and distinguish it from the other certificates. Last months, we already spoke about Server Certificates and Client Certificates. This month we emphasize the Code Signing Certificates.

An executable file or script can cause a great deal of potential damage to computer systems and servers. It is therefore of utmost importance that users can trust a code, published on the internet. If you know that an application is signed by Microsoft Windows, you will probably be installing it sooner than an application whose publisher is unknown or suspicious. There are two main ways that Code Signing can increase trust:

Verification: Verify who the author of the software is
Integrity: Check whether the software has not been tampered with since it was signed.

The Code Signing Certificates, which Belnet offers, allow you to sign a code using a key system. In other words, the certificate functions as a digital signature. They prove that the signed software is legitimate, comes from a known software vendor, and that the code has not been tampered since being published. Belnet customers have the option to choose between two different Client certificates, depending on their needs and requirements. Below are the different Client certificates offered by Belnet:

For further questions about Digital Certificate Service, don’t hesitate to take a look on our website or on the Belnet Portal MyBelnet.

You can also contact us through our Service Desk by calling 02 790 33 00 of via mail.