Digital Certificates

PKI digital certificates are commonly used to enable SSL encryption and server authentication for internal and external services. Hundreds and thousands of digital certificates are issued by organizations for purposes of identification, encryption, and digital signature. For example, digital certificates are used to encrypt traffic between routers, Web servers, and VPN connections; for code signing and code integrity checks; for MQ communication encryption, WiFi protection, and issuing of smart cards with embedded verification and encryption keys. Digital certificates are normally issued for a limited period of time, usually for one or two years, and become invalid when they expire after that period. An expired certificate may render core organizational services unavailable, therefore it is important to renew certificates on time.

Digital Certificate Management

Cross-organizational certificate management is needed to ensure service availability and to avoid unnecessary downtime caused by SSL certificate expiration. To accomplish the challenging mission of certificate management, administrators need a DCM solution. Using a DCM solution administrators can manage certificates issued by Microsoft CAs as well as those scanned in predefined IP ranges and ports. Read More

  • Motivation

    Certificates used for server and application identity services fall into the unmanaged category. Many enterprises have attempted to formalize this process using spreadsheets.

  • The DCM approach

    Digital Certificate Management helps organizations manage their certificates efficiently. DCM manages certificates issued by Microsoft CAs as well as SSL certificates purchased from public CAs.

  • Advantages of DCM

    Helps  prevent  business losses due to the expiration of certificates. Prevents damage to credibility and degradation of the brand name. Streamlines  the management of certificate life cycle. Complements MS CA tools.