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Automate Key and Certificate Management for Optimized Application Delivery

Automate Key and Certificate Management for Optimized Application Delivery

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June 18, 2019 | David Bisson

Businesses rely heavily upon SSL/TLS certificates to encrypt data and authenticate systems and applications both inside and outside the corporate network. The use of keys and certificates will continue to grow as businesses need to ensure appropriate access across servers and applications.

In fact, the Ponemon Institute’s 2015 Cost of Failed Trust Report revealed that between 2013 and 2015, the number of keys and certificates deployed on network appliances, web servers and cloud servers grew over 34 percent to an average of almost 24,000 per enterprise. And those numbers have continued to grow steadily over time. This type of sustained growth makes it difficult for organizations to secure their enterprise IT environments and to keep up with rising key and certificate deployments in the data center.

To ensure successful management of keys and certificates, organizations must gain visibility into every SSL/TLS key and certificate present including those on network infrastructure solutions such as Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs). When strategically deployed throughout the data center, ADCs enable applications to be highly available, accelerated and secure. However, most ADCs need to be manually configured to discover thousands of certificates in the network. System administrators need to generate keys and request certificates as well as oversee installation and configuration. And with so many other network devices like NGFWs, IDS/IPS systems and servers requiring access to keys and certificates, this process is not only burdensome. It’s also error-prone in that it can cause certificates to expire, thereby leading to network outages. Manual processes and the lack of a centralized key and certificate management system can limit operational efficiency and also leave gaps in security.

What do you need to do to optimize your ADCs and reduce your SSL/TLS security risk?>

A10 Networks and Venafi partnered together to create a joint solution with the A10 Thunder ADC line and Venafi Trust Protection Platform that helps organizations automate the management and security of the entire certificate lifecycle process. Venafi and A10 Networks’ joint solution can help organizations do the following:

  • Avoid Outages with Complete Visibility
    The expiration of digital certificates disrupts the very systems they were installed to protect. These expirations often occur from a lack of visibility that’s all-too-commonplace. Indeed, 54 percent of enterprises admit to being unaware of how many certificates they have in use, where they are used and who is responsible for them. Such ignorance increases the likelihood of outages, events which lower productivity and can cause a loss in revenue, profits and customers.

    To avoid certificate expirations and outages, Venafi TrustAuthority helps organizations detect and monitor all keys and certificates across enterprise networks, the cloud and multiple certificate authorities (CAs). Having complete visibility can also provide a baseline to flag anomalies, policy violations and misuse.
  • Enforce Policies and Workflows
    Venafi TrustAuthority provides automated workflows for issuance, renewal, installation and validation to enable rapid, secure deployment of SSL/TLS keys and certificates. These policies and workflows also enable distribution of keys and certificates to your A10 Thunder deployments across the data center.
  • Automate Management and Security
    Venafi TrustForce enables automation with full end-to-end certificate provisioning and lifecycle control for complex ADC and load-balanced encryption environments such as your A10 Thunder ADC deployments. This lifecycle automation for A10 devices includes provisioning processes such as key generation, certificate signing request (CSR) generation, CSR submission, CA approval, issued certificate retrieval, certificate installation, private key backup and certificate renewal.


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This blog was originally posted by Patriz Regalado on May 27, 2015.

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David Bisson
David Bisson

David is a Contributing Editor at IBM Security Intelligence.David Bisson is a security journalist who works as Contributing Editor for IBM's Security Intelligence, Associate Editor for Tripwire and Contributing Writer for Gemalto, Venafi, Zix, Bora Design and others.

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