Certificate Lifecycle Management
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.