Case Studies

Shielding Financial Services Firm from Certificate-Based Outages

certificate-related outages

In the ever-evolving realm of financial services, the uninterrupted flow of operations is paramount. Safeguarding data integrity, ensuring regulatory compliance, and protecting sensitive customer information are non-negotiable imperatives. Yet, managing Digital Certificates poses a series of formidable challenges, often resulting in certificate-related outages.

This case study sheds light on the five significant challenges a financial services firm faces and how Encryption Consulting’s CertSecure Manager has emerged as a beacon of reliability, offering innovative solutions to mitigate these risks and safeguard the seamless continuity of business operations.

Certificate lifecycle management.
Challenge Solution Benefits
Expiring certificates causing outages due to suboptimal monitoring and management methods. CertSecure Manager automates certificate issuance and renewal, mitigating outages caused by expiring certificates. It also sends email notifications to Microsoft PKI administrators, alerting them 90, 60, and 30 days before certificate expiration, ensuring timely renewals and improved reliability.
  • Reduced system downtime
  • Preserving business continuity
  • Customer trust
  • Minimizing legal fines.
Rogue certificates leading to compliance and security issues, necessitating time-consuming remediation. CertSecure Manager employs “Restricted Templates”, which require PKI administrator approval for specific certificate types. This added layer of security ensures that only authorized entities can obtain certificates, effectively preventing rogue certificate issues.
  • Avoidance of regulatory fines
  • Decreased exposure to data theft risks
  • Improved data security and compliance.
Managing certificates across geographically dispersed teams complicating cross-functional certificate management. CertSecure Manager offers a centralized “Certificate Inventory” dashboard, providing comprehensive insights into certificates within a designated Microsoft CA. This feature includes robust search and filtering options for easy certificate location, streamlining cross-functional certificate management for geographically dispersed teams.
  • Streamlined certificate management
  • Reduced human errors
  • Increased efficiency for geographically distributed teams.
Lack of integration with both public and private CAs, making it difficult to manage certificates across the dual landscape. CertSecure Manager provides seamless integration with public CAs (Entrust, Digicert, Sectigo) and private CAs (Microsoft CA). This unified approach simplifies certificate management, enhancing security and operational efficiency.
  • Enhanced ease and efficiency in managing certificates through seamless integration.
Struggling to maintain continuous compliance with manual processes. CertSecure Manager provides robust policy controls to enhance compliance. Notable features include the capability to restrict the use of the same CSR for multiple certificates and to govern wildcard certificate generation. Furthermore, you can designate templates as “restricted,” necessitating PKI admin approval for issuance, thus ensuring continuous compliance.
  • Consistent compliance
  • Fewer outages
  • Improved security
  • Enhanced network and data protection.

Conclusion

CertSecure Manager is a critical ally for banks and financial institutions in their battle against certificate-based outages. It effectively tackles challenges like expiring certificates, rogue certificates, cross-functional complexities, and compliance hurdles. This solution ensures uninterrupted operations, minimizes legal risks, and fortifies data security, safeguarding the trust and continuity of these financial entities.

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About the Author

Yathaarth Swaroop is a Consultant at Encryption Consulting, working with PKIs, HSMs and working as a consultant with high-profile clients.

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