OpsCenter uses Secure Socket Layer (SSL) to encrypt the communication protocol and authenticate traffic between DataStax agents and the main OpsCenter daemon.
By default SSL is disabled, which should only be done if you are running OpsCenter and DataStax Enterprise under the following conditions:
- On a secure internal network.
- In a development environment where agents and OpsCenter run on the same computer free from network threats.
- In a situation where you are not concerned about someone listening to OpsCenter traffic.
Otherwise, you should enable SSL.