PKI and Automated Lifecycle Management

Elevating Certificates, Fueling Business Resilience

Unlock success with our Certificate Lifecycle Management – where security meets simplicity, and every certificate gets a VIP treatment from creation to expiration!

Certificates contribute to building a robust, trustworthy, and efficient digital infrastructure.

While certificates offer several advantages, it's important to note that the effectiveness depends on proper implementation, management, and ongoing security practices.

Elevate Certificates

An effectively structured PKI hierarchy is essential for trustworthy, scalable, and streamlined certificate management, including renewal within infrastructure. This setup allows for precise access control, risk reduction through isolation, and tailored policy implementation across organizational units. The hierarchy ensures compliance with regulations, simplifies the handling of certificate renewals and revocations, and facilitates straightforward auditing and monitoring processes. Its flexibility empowers organizations to adapt to evolving infrastructure demands, establishing a secure and adaptable framework for managing digital certificates seamlessly within the infrastructure landscape.

Fuel Business Resilience

The need to automate the renewal of certificates, and hence to exclude humans in the renewal process thereby eliminating any human errors, is fueled by the decision of Google to enforce a shortened maximum lifespan of 90 days of public certificates (as of the beginning of 2025). Not having fully automated certificate renewal processes will yield a drastic increase of risk of having expired certificates as of 2025, since all your certificates will have to be renewed every 90 days or less. Depending on your order of magnitude of the number of public certificates within your organisation, this may become a cumbersome or even impossible task to repeat every 90 days. The main driver of Google to enforce this new policy is to limit the exposure time of compromised certificates.

How your organization can benefit from an automated certificate lifecycle management:

Reduced Downtime and Cost

Proactive management prevents service disruptions due to expired certificates and mitigates the financial impact of security indicents caused by them.

Operational Efficiency

Streamlined and automated processes save time and resources for IT teams and reduce operational costs associated with manual certificate lifecycle management.

Robust Security Posture

Timely replacing certificates reduces the risk of security breaches. Further, certificates protect your sensitive data from fraud and theft, thereby preventing cyber attacks.

Trust and Reputation

Automated certificate lifecycle management not only bolsters security but also contributes to establishing and maintaining trust and reputation for an organization.

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Key Objectives of Our Advanced Certificate Lifecycle Management Solution

Mastering Digital Trust

The Power of Private and Public PKI

A well-structured PKI hierarchy in infrastructure management is pivotal for maintaining flexibility in certificate handling, especially during renewal processes. This hierarchy enables organizations to adapt swiftly to evolving needs and technologies. It empowers precise access control, minimizes risks via isolation, and facilitates policy implementation tailored to various infrastructure components.

Embracing the Power of Short-Lived Certificates

Short-lived digital certificates offer a proactive approach to security, aligning with modern best practices in cybersecurity. They provide a dynamic and responsive method to safeguard digital communications, ensuring that encrypted data remains secure and private, even in a rapidly changing digital landscape. The shorter the certificate lifespan, the less exposure once compromised.

Software Vaults: Securely Storing Secrets

Software vaults provide a secure, efficient, and compliant way to manage secret keys, crucial for maintaining the integrity and confidentiality of sensitive data in digital environments. Specifically, the software vaults store and manage certificates, private keys and other sensitive cryptographic material securely. These vaults are essential in safeguarding digital certificates.

Centralized Governance: Secure, Efficient, Compliant

A decentralised approach to digital certificate inventory, audit, and central governance is essential for maintaining the security, compliance, efficiency, and integrity of digital communications and transactions. It enables organizations to manage their digital certificates effectively in an increasingly complex and risk-prone digital environment.

What we provide

Our solution? Think of it like a minimalist art piece: sleek, simple, but packed with layers of protection.

Whereas central governance ensures a unified approach to security standards, consistency and compliance, such as the supported types of certificates or the minimum encryption standards, decentralized management allows the endpoints to manage their certificates based on their specific needs, allowing agility and customization. This model balances control and flexibility, achieving both security and operational efficiency in certificate management across your organization.
An automated renewal certificate process, especially vital due to the increasingly shorter lifespan of certificates, ensures continuous compliance by promptly replacing expiring certificates. By efficiently managing these shorter lifespans, it minimizes security vulnerabilities, reduces the risk of service disruptions caused by expired certificates, streamlines operations, and maintains a proactive security posture, thereby fortifying your company's resilience in a rapidly evolving digital landscape. During each certificate renewal, the corresponding private key is rotated as well, as considered to be best practice.

Furthermore, the certificate renewals are triggered by the endpoints themselves, being part of the decentralized certificate management. This is also means that certificates "die" together with their endpoints, which becomes increasingly important when managing certificates in a cloud environment.
Certificate vetting lies at the heart of our solution since it acts as a frontline defence against fraudulent certificates, ensuring that only legitimate entities receive issued certificates. The vetting process is required at both issuance and (each) renewal, and is furthermore complete automated, such that all certificates are not only truely vetted but still issued instantly. Certificate vetting plays a pivotal role in establishing trust within the digital ecosystem; it upholds the integrity of digital communications, mitigates risks associated with unauthorized or malicious certificates, and maintains compliance with industry standards.
Certificate crypto agility concerns the ability to quickly rotate certificates (whether it are root, intermediate or leaf certificates) in case of a compromise, limiting the exposure and/or any financial impact as a result of security incidents. Crypto agility in general also allows to swiftly respond to any threats in the cryptography landscape by offering the ability to rapidly switch out vulnarable or outdated algorithms and protocols with more new and secure ones. Our solution allows your organization to become crypto agile.
The rotation of root and intermediate certificates is supported out of the box, which is essential for ensuring long-term security and seamless operations. Whenever a root or intermediate certificate rotates, all dependent certificates (intermediate/leaf) are automatically renewed. This practice maintains trust in certificates by regularly updating cryptographic keys and certificates, enhancing resilience against evolving security threats. It also facilitates smooth transitions during certificate updates, minimizing service disruptions and ensuring continued trust from users and systems reliant on these certificates for secure communications.
Our solutions provides accurate and automatic trust store provisioning by automating the inclusion of (trusted) intermediate and/or root certificates in the trust stores across systems. By automating this process, the risk of manual errors is reduced or eliminated and a consistency in trust store configurations is maintained. This feature drastically enhances the overall security since it is vital for ensuring that entities can trust and authenticate each other within a network, thereby safeguarding against potential security threats.
The secure storage of private keys and certificates, supported by our software security vaults embedded in our solution, is foundational to the trust, security, and operational integrity of the entire PKI infrastructure and certificate lifecycle management. It safeguards against unauthorized access, data breaches, and certificate misuse, contributing to a robust and reliable digital security infrastructure. Note that not even system administrators have access to the private keys stored in the vaults.
In our solution, simplicity and human error reduction are prioritized in certificate requests and renewals, which is integral to maintaining robust security and operation efficiency. As such, there is no need to create certificate signing requests (CSRs) manually, typically resulting in faults or compromises due to human error. CSRs are all handled in the background; simply call one command and all the rest is taken care of.
Interoperability is fundamental in decentralized certificate lifecycle management, where each endpoints manages its own certificates. Our solution is ready to be included in applications on a wide range of platforms, whether they are on-premise or in the cloud. It allows for secure and efficient communications across diverse systems within your PKI ecosystem. Ready, set, go!
Our solution supports both private and public PKI, ensuring that your organization can effectively manage their internal security needs while also complying with external standards, ensuring trust, security, and reliability across both internal and external-facing systems and communications. Different Certificate Authorities (CAs) can be connected to our solutions, whether in parallel or not, leaving you all the freedom you need.
As part of the central governance, our solution also offers a way to build a central certificate inventory that benefits your organization by providing centralized visibility into your digital certificates. This allows your organization to be compliant with regulations, thereby avoiding penalties for non-compliance.

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