At the end of last year EFF announced Let’s Encrypt, formed in partnership with Internet giants such as Mozilla, Cisco, Akamai and IdenTrust, and aims to streamline and simply the process of issuing secure certificates to organizations and web sites.

With recent announcements from Mozilla itself on plans to start deprecating all non-HTTPs by limiting new browser features to secure sites only and Netflix announcing a switch to HTTPS, it’s clear that the push is on to secure the web.

The current process is both costly and fairly complicated and makes obtaining and installing secure certificates a pain in the rear for small organizations.

Let’s Encrypt will employ a number of new technologies to manage secure automated verification of domains and issuance of certificates.

The new certificate authority will be operated by a newly created non-profit organization called the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG).

According to their website, the key principles of Let’s Encrypt are: Free, Automatic, Secure, Transparent, Open & Cooperative.

Hallelujah! Let’s be honest, you had me at Free and Automatic. Not so fast though, you can’t get your cert until Let’s Enrypt is up and running, which according to them is mid-2015.

But if your certificate is up for renewal this year or if you don’t have one yet, keep an eye on their site or twitter to see when you can get your cert. I can’t wait.