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Best Practices in SSL Certificate Management

There are services that make it easy to discover and manage SSL certificates across the enterprise. Some solutions may claim to reduce the burden of SSL certificate management even if they do not allow you to discover certificates from multiple Certification Authorities. Other solutions might offer multi-CA scanning ability, but lack intuitive, easy-to-navigate user interface. To help ensure that you find the best solution of SSL certificate management to fit your needs, here are some key features to look for in any solution you consider:

Ability to scan your environment automatically: Be sure to select a service that enables your team to conduct automatic scans that will detect SSL certificates from any provider.

Easy-to-use interface: Look for a tool that offers a dashboard that is easy to navigate and presents data in a way that is easy to understand at a glance.

Delegation capabilities: Looking for certificate discovery solution that allows administrators to grant different levels of access and delegate tasks to various employees across the network is critical.

Alerts and reporting: Finding a service that will send alerts before a certificate needs renewal is critical. In addition, the ability to generate reports that are easy to read and comprehend is critical. Advanced reporting capabilities will not only provide a deep, comprehensive view of certificates in the network, but will also allow your team to communicate critical information to other staff more effectively.

Flexibility and scalability: Enterprise networks are dynamic, ever-changing environments, which means a certificate discovery service should have configurable parameters, such as the duration of the scan, which IP addresses to scan, etc. In addition, the service must be scalable to allow for future growth.

Timeliness: Network scans must be completed quickly. If a network-wide scan takes too long, the status of some SSL certificates may change before the full scan is complete. This will result in an inaccurate view of the SSL certificate inventory.

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