Still Using Spreadsheets to Manage Digital Certificates? It’s Time to Embrace Automation!


These days, it’s not uncommon for enterprises to have thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of digital certificates. As the number of connected devices continues to grow, so does the need for an ever-increasing number of certificates distributed across the enterprise infrastructure, to enable them to communicate safely and securely.

The PKI administration teams who are typically responsible for obtaining, distributing and maintaining digital certificates, already have a lot on their plates. Unfortunately, most organizations still rely on spreadsheets and homegrown tools to keep track of certificates and their attributes. And even if the application and IT teams are aware of all the certificates acquired (which is not always the case!), they often still can’t keep track of all the endpoints where these certificates are deployed.

And so, when there’s an issue that requires immediate attention, like a system outage due to certificate expiration or revocation, teams find themselves scrambling to locate the faulty certificate, often wasting precious time, while the company loses money and angry customers voice their frustrations with the service shutdown.

Without complete visibility, certificate-related outages become inevitable. The only way to keep on top of your digital certificate infrastructure, keep it properly maintained, and safeguard against known vulnerabilities is to implement an automated certificate management solution across the entire digital certificate lifecycle.

We built AppViewX to help enterprises increase the visibility and accuracy of their enterprise certificate infrastructure. It’s been proven time and again that manually tracking certificates using spreadsheets inevitably leads to mistakes, and this is why we created solutions for the automation of digital certificate management – so human error no longer plays a part in it. AppViewX uses smart discovery, so you know exactly where each certificate is located, and which devices and users it is associated with. Once you get an aerial view of your landscape, you can manage certificates individually or in groups, create policies that cover authorized CSR parameters and private key attributes, and build workflows where certificate-related issues can be remediated immediately through a precise escalation matrix. AppViewX will continuously monitor your certificate inventory, alerting you of any changes, and even automatically auto-renew an expiring certificate and provision it to the end-devices.

Today’s enterprises use certificates from multiple vendors, and certificates are often distributed across devices in multi-cloud environments. AppViewX can seamlessly support multiple certificate authorities, including migration from one CA to another, and has the agility to quickly respond to new security vulnerabilities that can compromise TLS-reliant systems. By investing in a certificate lifecycle automation solution like AppViewX, companies can greatly reduce the complexity of their PKI infrastructure, lessen the potential impact of human error, and improve the overall network security posture.

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If you want to learn more about how AppViewX Certificate Lifecycle Management works, visit us at: AppViewX CERT+

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