Digital Certificates

What are Digital Certificates?

A Digital Certificate is a secure digital key that certifies the identity of the holder. Issued by a Certification Authority (CA), it typically contains your identity (name, email, country, APNIC account name and your public key). APNIC certifies its authenticity.

Digital Certificates use Public Key Infrastructure—data digitally signed or encrypted by a private key that can only be decrypted by its corresponding public key.

APNIC operates a Certification Authority – we issue Digital Certificates for the APNIC community.

What are APNIC Digital Certificates used for?

Digital Certificates allow Members to securely perform certain privileged functions within MyAPNIC such as:

Digital Certificates can also be used to send or receive secured mail based on the S/MIME (Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) standard.

How do you get a Digital Certificate?

APNIC Account holders

For Non-Corporate Contacts Non-Corporate Contacts can request a new digital certificate, in MyAPNIC, by going to:

My Profile > Digital Certificates > Request a certificate

Emails will be sent to the Corporate Contact for approval. Once approved, the certificate can be downloaded by logging into MyAPNIC and going to:

My Profile > Digital Certificates > Download certificate

If you are the Corporate Contact All Corporate Contacts, once added to the contact list for an APNIC account, can request and download a new certificate by logging into MyAPNIC and going to:

My Profile > Digital Certificates > Request a certificate / Download certificate

If your MyAPNIC login is linked to multiple accounts, you only need one Digital Certificate to manage all your accounts.

Non-Account holders

The APNIC Root CA Certificate is also provided for users that need a trusted authority in their email software, and the email software of correspondents that require secure communication.

If your email client requires an intermediate CA, then download the APNIC Staff CA Certificate.