Only a decade ago, SSL was reserved only for financial institutions and for the login pages of the security-conscious. Today SSL is ubiquitous. Even the world's most popular video sites use SSL for streaming. According to the January 2014 Netcraft report, the use of SSL is growing at 20 percent per year. Although SSL can be an everywhere, all-the-time security protocol, it is not always easy to deploy correctly, or without challenges, into an architecture.
This recommended practices document, which is based on the SSL Everywhere reference architecture, can guide architects and administrators through strategic deployments of SSL and serve later as a quick reference for specific concerns.