where we look back at 2019 and evaluate what went right and what went wrong. If certificate outages were on your “need-to-improve” list, then it’s time to set some New Year’s goals that will help improve your organization’s availability and productivity.
So. Outages. When was the last time you had to grapple with a certificate outage? Last week? Last month? Last year? It probably doesn’t make you feel any better that you’re not alone. Information security professionals have been dealing with certificate-related system and service outages for as long as the internet has been around. And even the most security conscious organizations can still struggle with these unexpected outages.
For one, the race toward digital transformation has caused an exponential increase in the number of SSL/TLS certificates organizations need to manage and protect. The sheer volume of these new certificates exceeds the capacity of manual or semi-automated processes in many large organizations. So, almost all organizations are left with certificates that they don’t know about. And unknown certificates are prime candidates for unexpected expiration. On average, IT security professionals using Venafi found 57,420 additional SSL/TLS keys and certificates that were previously unknown.
At the same time, cybersecurity solutions are increasingly using SSL/TLS certificates to decrypt and inspect traffic, searching for signs of attackers and anomalies. Inspection of this traffic is now critical for cyber defense. But when a certificate-related outage impacts this security process, it can transform an availability issue into a major breach.
If you’ve had to deal with the aftermath of an outage triggered by an expired certificate in 2019, then here’s a shortlist of 6 resolutions that are likely to improve your quality of life in 2020.
At Venafi, we’ve been helping the world’s largest organizations prevent certificate outages for the past 12+ years. And we can do it for you too. Guaranteed. The resolutions I’ve listed above are just part of a prescriptive guide that you can follow to prevent outages altogether. See the full list of steps you should follow to eliminate certificate outages. In fact, we’re so certain that if you follow these steps, we’ll guarantee that you will not experience certificate outages.
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