Websites and Apps Have One Year to Adhere to New Security Measures

Websites and apps have been given the deadline of January 1, 2017 to adhere to new security standards to minimize the risk of hacking and prevent a “mini-Y2K,” or have access to their websites taken away.

Over the course of the year browsers like Google Chrome will require tighter security measures if websites are going to work, or risk compatibility issues. Chrome is already issuing an onscreen warning to users when they visit a website that has a SHA-1 signed certificate, informing them of the “weak security configuration.” But from January 2017 some browsers will begin to stop supporting SHA-1 certificates, so users trying to access those websites will trigger a fatal network error.

In order to process information securely, websites and apps use a Secure Hash Algorithm, known as SHA, to encrypt and protect data. The industry has agreed to phase out the older version of this algorithm, SHA-1, as experts believe it is too vulnerable to attacks.

Websites and apps will now be required to use the newer version, SHA-2, which address the security weaknesses of SHA-1. While SHA-2 has been around for more than a decade and has long been the accepted standard, some websites and apps are still using SHA-1.

Over the course of 2016, Microsoft, Google and other browser vendors will start phasing out support for SHA-1 security certificates, with an expected end date of January 1, 2017. Starting then, you’ll get a warning notice that the webpage is unavailable due to security concerns.

About the Author

Sydny Shepard is the Executive Editor of Campus Security & Life Safety.


  • Maximizing Your Security Budget This Year

    7 Ways You Can Secure a High-Traffic Commercial Security Gate  

    Your commercial security gate is one of your most powerful tools to keep thieves off your property. Without a security gate, your commercial perimeter security plan is all for nothing. Read Now

  • Survey: Only 13 Percent of Research Institutions Are Prepared for AI

    A new survey commissioned by SHI International and Dell Technologies underscores the transformative potential of artificial intelligence (AI) while exposing significant gaps in preparedness at many research institutions. Read Now

  • Survey: 70 Percent of Organizations Have Established Dedicated SaaS Security Teams

    Seventy percent of organizations have prioritized investment in SaaS security, establishing dedicated SaaS security teams, despite economic uncertainty and workforce reductions. This was a key finding in the fourth Annual SaaS Security Survey Report: 2025 CISO Plans and Priorities released today by the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), the world’s leading organization dedicated to defining standards, certifications, and best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment. Read Now

  • Mobile Applications Are Empowering Security Personnel

    From real-time surveillance and access control management to remote monitoring and communications, a new generation of mobile applications is empowering security personnel to protect people and places. Mobile applications for physical security systems are emerging as indispensable tools to enhance safety. They also offer many features that are reshaping how modern security professionals approach their work. Read Now

Featured Cybersecurity


New Products

  • AC Nio

    AC Nio

    Aiphone, a leading international manufacturer of intercom, access control, and emergency communication products, has introduced the AC Nio, its access control management software, an important addition to its new line of access control solutions. 3

  • A8V MIND

    A8V MIND

    Hexagon’s Geosystems presents a portable version of its Accur8vision detection system. A rugged all-in-one solution, the A8V MIND (Mobile Intrusion Detection) is designed to provide flexible protection of critical outdoor infrastructure and objects. Hexagon’s Accur8vision is a volumetric detection system that employs LiDAR technology to safeguard entire areas. Whenever it detects movement in a specified zone, it automatically differentiates a threat from a nonthreat, and immediately notifies security staff if necessary. Person detection is carried out within a radius of 80 meters from this device. Connected remotely via a portable computer device, it enables remote surveillance and does not depend on security staff patrolling the area. 3

  • Automatic Systems V07

    Automatic Systems V07

    Automatic Systems, an industry-leading manufacturer of pedestrian and vehicle secure entrance control access systems, is pleased to announce the release of its groundbreaking V07 software. The V07 software update is designed specifically to address cybersecurity concerns and will ensure the integrity and confidentiality of Automatic Systems applications. With the new V07 software, updates will be delivered by means of an encrypted file. 3