Remember way back when your company was a tiny start-up, with only one website; you didn’t have a systems administrator and you were so affluent you went to the best SSL certificate providers.
As you expanded, you got more websites and more SSL certificates. Very quickly, managing your server infrastructure as well as your public key infrastructure became a full time job and you employed a full time systems administrator. He suggests this awesome thing called MPKI – or Managed Public Key Infrastructure.
If you don’t listen to your new systems administrator, you’re shooting yourself – and your employee – in the foot.
Having a managed public key infrastructure makes maintaining and keeping anywhere from ten to thousands of SSL certificates, S/MIME digital identities and Open Financial Exchange certificates a simple task.
Now instead of managing your organisation’s SSL certificates himself, your system administrator can hand the job over to a trusted, centralised control centre in the cloud. If you use digital signatures for your organisation’s emails, then managing them is made a doddle. Renewal reminders will become a thing of the past as using a managed public key infrastructure allows automatic renewal of certificates which can be easily installed for example by using Symantec’s SSL assistant tool for RedHat Linux or Microsoft IIS 6 or 7.
Reliability of the infrastructure is key – and Symantec have that covered with 100% uptime. The VeriSign brand is trusted around the world by millions, which means by using Symantec Managed PKI, you get to use the Norton Secured Seal of trust to advertise and encourage confidence and security throughout your organisation and to the customers using your websites.
With other security features such as role-based access, certificate approval and customised certificate request workflows, having a centralised point to issue certificates throughout your company is a benefit well worth having.
The DNetWorks Team