TLS/SSL Certificate Lifecycle Management

TLS/SSL Certificate Lifecycle Management

By automating TLS/SSL Certificate Lifecycle Management (CLM) with the KeyTalk CKMS, you can prevent risks associated with human management errors and save a significant amount of time and resources related to CLM. The explicit desire of Google to reduce the lifespan of TLS/SSL certificates to a maximum of 90 days makes automating CLM essential.

The importance of securing websites and applications cannot be emphasized enough, and TLS/SSL certificates play a crucial role in this. Large organizations often have hundreds to thousands of such certificates. This includes different types of certificates, on different types of servers and applications, managed by different team members, sometimes in different network domains, with varying expiration dates, and obtained from different CAs. The result is a complex, error-prone, and time-consuming management process.

Certificate Lifecycle Management systems (CLM) like the KeyTalk CKMS offer various advantages to organizations in managing TLS/SSL certificates, including:

  • Improved security: TLS/SSL certificates are a vital part of web application and website security. With CLM, organizations can better manage the certificate lifecycle and ensure that the certificates are up-to-date and not expired.
  • Reduced downtime: CLM can help reduce website downtime by ensuring timely renewal of certificates and avoiding interruptions in the certificate chain. This is particularly important for organizations relying on e-commerce and other web-based transactions.
  • Cost savings: CLM can also provide cost savings for organizations. By automating certificate management, the number of human errors and associated costs can be reduced. Additionally, organizations can lower their certificate expenses by avoiding unnecessary certificate purchases and working more efficiently with existing certificates.
  • Compliance: TLS/SSL certificates are often required for regulatory compliance and certifications such as PCI-DSS and ISO 27001. CLM systems assist in certificate management and provide reporting and auditing capabilities, enabling organizations to meet these requirements more effectively.
  • Reliability: CLM systems can help prevent unexpected server failures due to expired or invalid certificates. This ensures greater reliability for the systems and applications that rely on these certificates.

Our description of the KeyTalk Key Certificate & Key Management System (CKMS) provides more detailed information on the various capabilities of our platform for TLS/SSL management.