Certificate Management and Automation

X.509 certificates and their keys are essential for authenticating the identity of an application and encrypting traffic between endpoints communicating with the application. When enterprises scale, the number of certificates and keys in the infrastructure proliferates. Often, these certificates and keys are managed using spreadsheets and a manual process that is error-prone lacks the required visibility and is audited inefficiently.

Without proper access controls and policy enforcement, anybody can create a digital certificate in the environment, posing a huge security risk for the enterprise. Due to lack of visibility, no one knows when a certificate will expire, and if it is not renewed on time, the application goes down. Without an automated way to deploy, renew, and revoke certificates and keys on time, enterprises risk damage to their brand reputation and customer trust.

Certificate and Key Lifecycle Management

Managing thousands of certificates and keys manually is complex and time-consuming. Even a small human error can prove to be costly. With AppViewX, you can automate the whole process seamlessly without manual interventions.

  • Use a one-stop solution for lifecycle management: create, issue, renew, rotate, revoke, and install certificates and keys

  • Discover certificates and keys in your environment through different modes, such as IP, subnet, and managed devices, and build an inventory automatically

  • Get enhanced visibility with a hierarchal view of server certificates, intermediate certificates, CA root certificates, and trust chain validity

Automated Alerts and Reports

Tracking all certificates manually is an intensive task, and organizations can lose track of certificate expiration dates when certificates proliferate. Certificate expiration is a risk to customer confidence and brand reputation. With AppViewX, you can automate this mundane task.

  • Monitor the expiration status of certificates across networks, renew certificates on time and prevent unnecessary application downtime

  • Send custom alerts through emails or SNMP traps

  • Diagnose expiration issues with minimal manual interventions

  • Get notified about non-compliant keys and certificates in your environment on a regular basis

Access Control and FIPS Compliance

Multiple teams work on managing digital certificates across the infrastructure, and manual processes lack the necessary auditing and accountability. Role-based access for these teams can enable efficient provisioning, ensure policy administration, and help ensure compliance with international standards.

  • Use simple self-service forms with admin-defined workflows and a standardized certificate provisioning template to provision certificates

  • Create audit trails for each activity

  • Store private keys in a FIPS-compliant environment

PKI Migration

Given the dynamic nature of the certificate industry, more cipher-suites such as SHA-1 will be broken and more defaulting certificate authorities such as Symantec will be penalized. As every PKI deprecation project is riddled with complexity and errors, AppViewX can help you migrate to the recommended standards with ease.

  • Certificates with the deprecated signature can be easily discovered and marked for replacement

  • Certificates can be replaced in bulk automatically by submitting the respective CSRs to all major Certificate Authorities

  • Certificates in intermediate chain/certificate bundles can also be updated to the recommended standard

IoT and Mobile End-points

Billions of IoT and mobile end-points need a digital certificate to authenticate and encrypt communications over the internet. But owing to their finite lifespan, these certificates need to be continuously tracked and renewed on time to continue providing their highest levels of security. With AppViewX, you can use a single-pane-of-glass for monitoring, managing and automating certificates across these end-points.

  • Get a single SCEP, ACME, and KMIP proxy that can validate the identity and content of IoT end-points while also integrating with several Certificate Authorities for certificate requests

  • Integrate with leading EMM/MDM systems and use low-code automation to self-service certificate issuance and other lifecycle management activities for mobile end-points

  • Standardize certificate management by enforcing policies across multiple end-points including Mobile, Tablet, Laptop, SSO, Wi-Fi and VPN systems

Cloud and DevOps

Digital transformation is changing the way applications are getting packaged and delivered to customers. From using multi-cloud, heterogeneous environments for delivering applications to using rapid CI/CD environments for packaging them, agility has become the primary focus for any enterprise. This focus has inadvertently created challenges for teams to incorporate critical security measures such as implementing a well-documented, policy-based, compliant certificate infrastructure to secure access to these applications. And with AppViewX, you can simplify the certificate enrollment process while also ensuring strict policy compliance.

  • Use our low-code automation workflows from leading DevOps tools for easier policy-based certificate enrollment and provisioning to end-servers

  • Generate internal certificates for your test applications and use the built-in CA switch functionality to migrate to trusted external certificates before going live

  • Use a single solution to discover, manage and automate certificates across heterogeneous infrastructures, including multi-cloud and container environments

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