Certificate Lifecycle Management

Certificate Lifecycle Management

Approximately 80% of successfully deployed PKIs and Trust Services depends on a correct and effective design of procedures and workflows.

Digital certificates are important for protecting our privacy within digital world. Management of certificates can be a complex task if we do not have correct understanding of its purpose from the very beginning.

Trends are decreasing certificate validity period in order to avoid upcoming threats and renew certificates and private keys more frequently. Without managing the complete lifecycle of certificates we are exposed to vulnerabilities that can compromise our data.

73%

Organizations experienced unplanned outage due to unmanaged certificates

Because of no certificate visibility and awareness about the expiration dates, self-signed certificates, and validation status

49%

of infrastructures lack resources and skills

Which is why the design and related procedures lack effectiveness and becomes vulnerable

5 - 8

Applications in average use certificates

Where the trust plays important role and is increasing annually; the need for the management also increases

Important steps to successfully manage certificates

  • Discover

    Certificates and keys

    We need to be aware of the certificates and keys in the infrastructure in order to be able to manage them. Discovery helps us to find all information regardless service type; we can search for certificates on web servers, file shares, network ports, HSMs, cloud providers, routers, switches, applications, certification authorities, and many more.

  • Monitor and Manage

    The infrastructure

    Discovered certificates and keys should be monitored for the validity and compliance, management of selected certificates can give us better control on top of the certificate lifecycle. See the dashboards and provide timely reports on how many certificates are going to be expired, or which certificates does not comply with rules.

  • Design

    Procedures and Workflows

    Each use case and application needs different certificate and its lifecycle. Proper design of the procedures and policies will provide better transparency and visibility of the certificates. Consistent infrastructure is far more effective and easy to manage. It can help us to with DevOps, TLS, provisioning of identities, etc.

  • Automate

    Lifecycle of certificates

    Important step in order to avoid outages and decrease operational time of certificate management is to define automation of the certificate lifecycle, including provisioning, renewal, revocation, and notification. Automation integrates with the configuration tools in order to properly deploy changes across infrastructure.

Questions you need to know answer for

How many certificates we have in the infrastructure?

Are certificates used trusted or self-signed?

What is the ratio of internal and external certificates?

Do we have self-signed certificates?

How many certification authorities we have?

What is their purpose of our certification authority?

How are identities provisioned?

How do we validate the status of certificate?