Thursday, 6 July 2023
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
169. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade to clarify whether at any point over the past ten years the SSL certificates for his Department’s websites expired for a period of time; if so, the reason this occurred; and the duration they remained expired. [33273/23]
My Department is fully committed to ensuring the security and authenticity of its web services. SSL certificates are digital certificates that authenticate a website's identity and enable an encrypted connection. They are applied to websites to assure the public of the authenticity of Department of Foreign Affairs web pages.
In the past ten years, there has been no instance of expiration of SSL certificates on the Department's websites. Robust systems are in place for the management of SSL certificates as part of our overall Digital Transformation Strategy.