Update #3: The FTPS certificate update below has been postponed for 1 to 2 days. An update will be provided prior to the next attempt.


Update #2: Reminder – This activity is scheduled to begin TODAY at 1500Z. Details below.


Update #1: Reminder – This activity is scheduled to begin Monday May 16, 2022 @ 1500Z.


Topic:  Certificate updates may affect FTPS users and require verification testing at the CBU site


Date/Time Issued:  May 17, 2022 0156ZZ


Product(s) or Data Impacted: All products transferred via the FTPS communication protocol


Date/Time of Initial Impact:  May 16, 2022 1500Z


Date/Time of Expected End:  N/A


Length of Event:  N/A, Permanent change


Details/Specifics of Change:  The ESPC PDA system at the CBU site will have updated SSL certificates installed from 1500Z to 1700Z that can affect FTPS communications under some conditions. The PDA Support Team is Highly Recommending that FTPS users test communications with the CBU site ASAP before Monday June 06, 2022, when the updated certificates will be implemented at the NSOF OPS site. Communication testing with the CBU site can start as early as 1700Z on May 16, 2022. The two part scenario that causes failed FTPS communications is 1) the user's system is NOT set to ignore SSL certificate errors, and 2) the user does not trust the Active DoD SW CA 60 signing authority that the new certificates are signed by. The combination of these two issues may result in communication negotiation failures.


If negotiation failures are found during testing, please send an email to PDA_DHS@noaa.gov for further instruction. The PDA Support team will respond to your email Monday – Friday during normal business hours of 08:00 am EDT – 05:00 pm EDT.


Contact Information for Further  Information: ESPC Operations at ESPCOperations@noaa.gov and 301-817-3880.    


Web Site(s) for applicable information: N/A