PKI Certificate Expiry Reporter Options

Depending on the type of system you are using in the business, keeping track of PKI certificates that are expiring can be very easy or it can be a major challenge. To add to the challenge is the fact that if a PKI certificate does somehow get under the radar and expire, it can create mass panic and countless calls into tech support because of the security warning employees and customers suddenly see.

Several systems, including those by Microsoft and specifically the Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003 were able to utilize PKI certificates and even generated them on their own. However, the system was not able to actually monitor or track the certificates so keeping up with the multitude of expiration dates soon became a logistics and security nightmare for those businesses with hundreds of domains and subdomains using SSL/TLS (Secure Sockets Layer/Transport Layer Security) and hundreds of employees using PKI certificates for email.

While Microsoft has since included this feature in their IIS systems to provide life cycle management for the certificates, there is an external and easy way to do it across all servers using the Comodo EPKI Manager.

Think of the Enterprise Public Key Infrastructure Manager as a PKI certificate expiry reporter that is available from any internet connected device. As this is a web based console model, it has advantages that the built-in system doesn't. For one, you do not have to be on a device connected to the specific server.

At the same time, EPKI Manager is much more than just a PKI certificate expiry reporter. Before getting into all the features it offers, a closer look at the importance of lifecycle management of certificates is worth considering.

Grouping Certificates for Cost Savings

When using a PKI certificate expiry reporter, think of it as a highly visual representation of all the certificates across and through the system. By looking at them based on expiry dates it may be possible to group individual domains or subdomains under UC certificate or Wildcard certificates as the current SSL/TLS product runs out.

By grouping domains and subdomains under one certificate, there will be fewer certificates to deal with over time. Remember, UC certificates are designed specifically for Microsoft Exchange and Office Communications servers, similar to a Multi-Domain/SAN cert. The Wildcard Certificate is used for a main domain and all subdomains.

Whether you choose to group domains and subdomains, using the EPKI as a PKI certificate expiry reporter will let you know as the lifecycle ends on the various certificates on the network. The replacement SSL certificate products can be easily ordered through the console, saving additional time.

Saving Money

When you open the EPKI Manager account, you can opt to supply a small deposit or use the Pay-As-You-Go option. The deposit is used for the purchase of future SSL/TLS products and it also locks in rates for these products that are lower than our already extremely reasonable rates through the website.

These certificates use the same root CAs and are recognized by 99.9% of all browsers and devices. They are also fully recognized through our customer support and technical services team. With fast issuance through the console, you can easily add new employees to the system in minutes or handle all of your SSL/TLS purchases conveniently and quickly, allowing you to get on with other tasks at hand.

Designated Users

When using our PKI certificate expiry reporter, the administrator for the system can also provide specific sub-users with access to different features and functions through the console. This can allow certain staff to log into the console for access to the issuance of certificates, reporting or even revocation of certificates in the case of a compromise of a certificate or a private key.

This is ideal for streamlining administrative work. With employees only allowed into specific features and functions, there is full security without having to limit the acceptable security level tasks that these individuals are able to handle.

If you would like more information on the EPKI Manager, the Comodo answer to a PKI certificate expiry reporter, give our sales team a call today. They can be reached by phone at +1 888 266 6361. We also offer information online in our resources section at https://www.instantssl.com.

Spend some time reading the articles and understanding how this Manager can be used in businesses and companies of different sizes. It is a highly effective option for all your SSL/TLS product management needs and offers additional benefits and pricing options not found with other types of certificate management products.

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