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Automate Machine Identity Management for Optimized Application Delivery

Automate Machine Identity Management for Optimized Application Delivery

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May 28, 2021 | 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 these machine identities will continue to grow as businesses need to ensure appropriate access across servers and applications. This 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 machine identities, 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, this is complicated when 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.

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. But it’s also error-prone in that when manually tracked certificates expire, they can trigger network outages. Manual processes and the lack of a centralized machine identity 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?

HTTPS encryption is more prevalent than ever, but can be difficult to scale. Organizations need to not only manage the lifecycle of all digital certificates but ensure that any vulnerabilities are found and automatically rectified. The difficulty of the undertaking is magnified when certificates are configured on various network infrastructures.

A10 Networks is a provider of intelligent and automated cybersecurity solutions, providing a portfolio of high-performance secure application solutions that enable intelligent automation with machine learning to ensure business critical applications are secure and always available.

Venafi demonstrates proven interoperability with A10 Thunder ADC, providing customers with a consolidated and simplified method for managing critical security information, such as the location of certificates, key sizes, ciphers used and validity dates. Combining these two solutions provides a complete view of an organization’s digital certificates and keys for efficient operations.

Venafi and A10 Networks 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 that lower productivity and can cause a loss in revenue, profits, and customers.

    To avoid certificate expirations and outages, Venafi Trust Protection Platform 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 Trust Protection Platform 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 the distribution of keys and certificates to your A10 Thunder deployments across the data center.
  • Automate Management and Security
    Venafi Trust Protection Platform 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.


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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