With the evolution of IoT, 5G networks and new technologies, their number and variability are growing exponentially. Digital certificates provide the necessary trust and security in communication, represent identity in the virtual world, but also require proper care and management.
Companies often struggle with service outages related to certificate expirations, high effort related to certificate management, and insufficient security related to misissued or untrusted certificates. All of this has an impact on our privacy and represents a high financial and reputational risk for companies.
The is a need to build and maintain a modern and future-proof PKI while keeping the focus on the business goals and within the available resources.
PKI is becoming an integral and critical part of systems and services
Information technology is developing dynamically and the number of applications relying on digital certificates is growing. Public key infrastructure (PKI) is becoming one of the critical components of the functioning of the entire company.
New platforms, but also electronic services, are built on virtual trust, which stands and falls on certificates. Traditional methods of certificate management, where a specialist manually generates a request and communicates with an internal or external certification authority, are no longer sustainable and efficient.
In the case of inconsistent or non-existent certificate management rules, specialists can always issue and document the use of certificates in a different way and introduce inconsistencies into the system of trusted services, which as a result can lead to loss of trust and compromise.
Other problems that institutions may face are the unclear responsibility of individual departments for managing certificates and low flexibility if, for example, it is necessary to replace a large number of certificates operated within the network.
And last but not least, it is necessary to mention that with the growing number of certificates and the need to manage them, the number of specialists with the necessary skills does not grow at the same pace.
There is a need to automate the processes associated with managing the lifecycle of certificates
As the need grows, the supply comes. Certificate management can be automated with already existing tools, such as OpenSSL, Kubernetes, Ansible, etc. However, our goal is to achieve consistency, agility, and compliance. And this is not easy in the case of a hybrid environment in which each department and each application has different requirements.
What are the prerequisites for successful certificate management and what we should focus on?
CZERTAINLY – opens-source platform for managing the life cycle of certificates
The CZERTAINLY platform is one example of how effective trust and certificate management can be achieved across a hybrid environment. CZERTAINLY is a certificate management platform that emphasizes the connection of information technologies in a simple and user-friendly way while maintaining trustworthiness and security.
In addition to that, the CZERTAINLY platform is open and aims to promote safety in the virtual world that affects each of us today.
Find out more about the CZERTAINLY on https://docs.czertainly.com/docs.
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CZERTAINLY is an open-source platform for effective and efficient certificate lifecycle management for companies of any size and individuals. One of its goals is to provide an easy and affordable way to secure digital communication and support information security in more and more connected world.
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