Certificates that have expired unnoticed, are incorrectly configured or incorrectly applied for can result in processes coming to a standstill. Meanwhile, certificates are needed more and more frequently. Therefore, the administrative effort for admins increases. Professional certificate management tools can provide relief.
In this lecture, we will go into what should be considered when choosing the right certificates and certificate management tools and for which initial situation which type of tool is suitable. We will also give practical tips on how to proceed with searching and implementing them.
Digital certificates (TLS / SSL / x.509) are comparable to an identity card. They contain the name and the public key of the owner so that they can clearly identify him or her. As a result, they play a key role in many security-relevant areas (e.g. system authentication or machine communication).
Certificates can also be used to control network authorisations and access to sensitive data. This combined with their time-limited validity makes careful certificate management essential.