The Altiris line of products fully supports the use of SSL/TLS and HTTPS?
The Altiris line of products fully supports the use of SSL/TLS and HTTPS. HTTPS is an industry standard for secure communication. Altiris has chosen to support and work with the industry standard rather than invent our design for secure communication. By using either purchased certificates or their custom certificates, Altiris customers can ensure that a client computer will communicate only with the server it is authenticated with. The only way to thwart this security is to gain administrator access to the Altiris client and/or Altiris server.
Altiris currently does not have any third-party security certifications. It is our position that because HTTPS is already certified, we do not need to do a separate certification.
Secure Sockets Layer Protocol (SSL)
The Secure Sockets Layer protocol (SSL) is an industry-standard security protocol that provides communications privacy over the Internet. The protocol allows client/server applications to communicate in a way that is designed to prevent eavesdropping, tampering, or message forgery.
The SSL protocol provides connection security that has three basic properties:
HyperText Transmission Protocol, Secure (HTTPS)
HyperText Transmission Protocol, Secure (HTTPS) is an industry-standard and a variant of HTTP used for handling secure transactions. Altiris software supports the URL access method, "HTTPS", for connecting to HTTP servers using SSL. "HTTPS" is a unique protocol that with SSL underneath HTTP. You need to use "https://" for HTTP URLs with SSL.
Note: See article Online Documentation, "Configuring Notification Server to use HTTPS after ITMS installation is completed" section for ideas of how to use SSL with the Notification Server.