[cryptography] How much does it cost to start a root CA ?

ianG iang at iang.org
Sat Jan 5 10:02:38 EST 2013

On 5/01/13 04:44 AM, Peter Gutmann wrote:
> John Case <case at SDF.ORG> writes:
>> So what does it cost to start a root CA, get properly audited (as I see the
>> root CAs are) and get yourself included into, say, firefox or chrome ?
> The rule of thumb I've seen from various inside sources is about $1M [0].

Nod.  From the audit perspective alone, the rule of thumb we worked with 
was minimum $0.25M for the audits alone.  That didn't include the work 
the CA did, just the fees to the auditors.  From there, it isn't a 
stretch to reach Peter's number above for the total cost.


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