Security is an unavoidable attribute that should never be compromised on. If not rightly addressed, it could bring chaos in the organization and tamper with set business standards. In any enterprise, the addition of devices result in the increase of man power, giving rise to a directly proportional delta on deployment of certificates for every application. The IT team needs to be on top of its game to make sure that authentication and authorization of certificates requested are easily be handled. And, that’s why proactive SSL management is necessary.
Here’s a sneak peek on why SSL management platforms are beneficial:
1. Easy Enrollment of Certificates
Every time a request for issuing a certificate from internal/external certificate authorities is raised, organizations should undergo a detailed enrollment process. Certificate automation, with automated transfer and renewal capabilities ensures that the enrollment process starts well in advance, factoring in ample time to request certificates from the appropriate CAs.
2. Expiry Notification Alerting
With a wide range of SSL certificates in place, there is high probability of system outage due to expired certificates. 2015 encountered many outages and this can have a negative impact on brand and cost to organization.A well-built SSL certificate management solution will track expiry dates, check the right intermediates to prevent an outage, sending notifications as alerts through emails or SNMP traps.
3. Effortless Discovery Process
When multiple certificates and encryption keys are involved, round the clock monitoring and management of certificates is essential to adhere to an organization’s policies and procedures. In such cases, the efficacy of an automated certificate management solution that informs you on number of certificates, certificate authorities, expiry notifications and much more in a single click, is unmistakable.
Management platform allows to discover certificates across infrastructure.
4. End-to-end Lifecycle Automation
The end-to-end lifecycle automation of SSL certificates supports dominant vendors and major devices across networks. It features an integrated view of all mid-way certificates and monitors keys. The cryptographic modules of the certificates, accredited by FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standards) are secured in a protected database, which is also a feature of automated SSL management solution.
5. Validation and Reporting
For higher availability of business applications and reduced rate of compromised data, maintaining reports for every process is quintessential. Whenever you have a new cert, the right intermediates need to be mapped to prevent errors and validate chain of trust. Automation in revocation, enrollment and validation of certificates nearing expiry will make your life infinitely easy.
6. Greater Operational Efficiency
Some of the internally implemented employee enhancement tools having API support for integration have a huge dependence on security. SSL Certs should secure browser-based, server-to-server routing for applications as well as wireless communication points as well.
Organizations that have manual management and multiple services to manage their SSL certificates incur high costs and multiple complexities. Once they migrate to a one-stop shop for certificate management, they will be able to integrate with multiple systems from an automation perspective and provide simple APIs for users to leverage.