Last year, thousands of users failed to make or receive VoIP calls due to a major Google Voice outage, and its credit goes to none other than ‘expired certificates.’ Even the most high-profile tech giants are not spared from falling prey to the perils of expired certificates. Undocumented certificate installations and unexpected certificate expirations cause unavoidable outages, attributing to tarnished brand images and huge financial losses for businesses.
Tedious manual processes and clumsy spreadsheets are certainly not the best ways to manage your digital certificates. To steer clear of this mayhem, you need to invest in an end-to-end certificate lifecycle automation solution. The most prominent roadblock to mitigate a certificate-related issue is not only identifying the certificate but also locating it ‘on time’ to avoid service disruption.
Let’s have a look at the three primary reasons for automating your certificate lifecycle management.
- Prevent sudden and unexpected outages
The core principles by which the certificate management tools operate are automation and integration. End-to-end certificate lifecycle management actions like issuing, provisioning, certificate discovery, maintaining a centralized inventory, monitoring, renewal, and revocation need to be automated to avoid any misconfigurations and unexpected certificate-related outages.
Most organizations lack holistic visibility into their certificates. They have limited knowledge about the number of certificates, purpose, and date of issuance. A certificate is distributed across multi-cloud and hybrid environments, making it more challenging for you to capture information, such as locations, owners, associated applications, and expiry dates
An outage is triggered by the invalidity or expiry of a digital certificate, causing systems reliant on the certificate to be rendered inactive. By renewing certificates on time and fixing certificate issues the moment they appear, enterprises can eliminate certificate expirations and the resulting application outages.
- Reduce time and overhead costs, increase efficiency
Imagine manually tracking thousands of certificates on spreadsheets. The task, which you can do in minutes by implementing automation is highly efficient and error-free. Whereas completing the same task manually would take hours, days, and weeks, and that too with high chances of human error. When it comes to certificate lifecycle management, automation is always the answer. With minimal training, anyone can translate their business-use cases into easy-to-use automation workflows for orchestrating the entire certificate lifecycle management. All certificate processes like discovery, monitoring, renewal, enrollment, revocation, and provisioning can be executed efficiently with automation, eliminating the need for dedicated resources for certificate management.
Replacing the error-prone manual tracking methods, like maintaining spreadsheets, with an automated certificate management process is the need of the hour, as it prevents potential compromises and security breaches.
- Stay cryptographically agile and future-ready
Cryptographic agility is the ability of a security system to switch rapidly between algorithms, cryptographic primitives, and other encryption mechanisms, without impacting the rest of the system’s infrastructure.
Enterprises need to be cryptographically agile to stay afloat and secure in an ever-changing crypto-landscape. Crypto-agility is essential not just to stay ahead of cyberattacks but also to embrace cutting-edge technologies such as containers, where certificates are ephemeral; DevOps, which require certificates to be issued in sub-seconds; and quantum computing, which require highly sophisticated cryptographic algorithms.
The only way enterprises can achieve crypto-agility is through automation. Crypto-agility is a measure of enterprise PKI’s ability to respond to changes fast, display high resiliency in the face of threats, and support new technologies without compromising security. A well-managed and automated cryptographically agile infrastructure enables organizations to proactively respond to both immediate and long-term cyber threats.
AppviewX can help!
AppviewX CERT+ enables you to automate certificate lifecycle management seamlessly, thus saving time, resources, and effort of installation and maintenance. Powered by enterprise-grade automation, CERT+ helps with smart discovery, visibility into security standards, and centralized management of keys and certificates across hybrid and multi-cloud environments.