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Expired Digital SSL/TLS Certificates Are An Open Door To Cyber Threats

The need to protect data from increasing cyberattacks is more important than ever before. The crisis in Ukraine has peeked awareness to the number of threats that are ongoing and how those attacks can put a business, hospital, school even a government’s operations at a complete standstill. One of the most important ways to increase your cybersecurity is to use digital certificates, which provide many benefits by
allowing entities to share their public keys in an authenticated manner.

The First 3 Points

  • Digital certificates help ensure your message reaches its intended recipients.

  • Digital certificates help us understand that an email or a website could be fake.

  • Investing in cybersecurity lets your customers know that you value their privacy and security above all else, and you build a positivereputation.

Mismanagement of SSL/TLS certificates leads to application issues and security threats. In many organizations, it is unclear who is responsible for monitoring these certs. Often these are managed manually via an excel spreadsheet…but what happens if the person responsible leaves, or that spreadsheet is accidentally deleted?


In September 2020, new, shorter lifetimes were introduced for SSL/TLS certificates which are now valid for a maximum term of 13 months. Browser manufacturers expect this change to bring greater
security. For website operators, however, shorter lifetimes mean more work, especially if their management process is a manual one. Some of
the shortfalls are:

  • The expiration time of the certificates is unknown, and no visual dashboard is available.

  • The financial damage they suffer as a result of unplanned interruptions is on a large scale.

  • It is difficult to determine the number of keys and certificates enterprise-wide.

  • Most organizations aren’t sure how capable they are of securing keys and certificates. In other words, they do not know if the certificate
    they use is at the expected security level.

  • They are concerned about having and retaining IT staff who will be involved in qualified certificate management.

A More Secure Solution

Sectigo’s Certificate Manager can give your team a central repository and dashboard to manage and track all digital certificates across your entire enterprise. By installing the SCM solution it will become a major
part of your IT management infrastructure, allowing you to update, add and delete one to thousands of digital certificates via a streamlined dashboard and email alert system.

Sectigo Certificate Manager (SCM) is a universal platform purpose-built to issue and manage the lifecycles of public and private digital certificates to secure every human and machine identity across the enterprise, all from a single platform. With SCM, customers can automate the issuance and management of Sectigo certificates, alongside their certificates from other publicly trusted Certificate Authorities (CAs) and existing private CAs, like Microsoft CA.

Sectigo Certificate Manager seamlessly deploys and automates lifecycle management of PKI certificates across all the following use cases:

  • Secure Web Servers and Load Balancers

  • Enterprise email security with Signing and Encryption

  • Secure Networked and Mobile Devices

  • Digital Identity Management for Zero Trust

  • Secure DevOps Containers and Code

  • Secure Application Development

  • Key Management in Public Cloud

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