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