Handling SSL/TLS-certificate renewals can be a major challenge for companies of all sizes, but it does not have to be like this. At TRUSTZONE we offer two solutions that simplify the process of renewing and managing SSL/TLS-certificates. These solutions are SSL360™ and TRUSTZONE Certificate Manager (TCM).
SSL360™ allows you to track all your public SSL/TLS-certificates easily and run health checks on these, while TRUSTZONE Certificate Manager (TCM) can automatically renew and deploy public as well as internal SSL/TLS-certificates to all your servers and devices.
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SSL certificates play a significant role in companies’ digital infrastructure
SSL/TLS certificates have become a cornerstone of every digital company’s security strategy. And with good reason. Today, more and more companies conduct all, or much of their business online, highlighting the need to keep their transactions secure. Whenever you transmit data online, the SSL/TLS-certificate makes sure that only the server receiving it can decrypt the information.
In the last couple of years, the usage of SSL/TLS-certificates has changed dramatically compared to ten years ago, where it was more the exception than the rule to use an SSL/TLS-certificate. However, today SSL/TLS certificates should be used to safeguard data exchanged online, whether through a website or an app.
Why do SSL/TLS-certificates expire?
Previously SSL/TLS-certificates had a lifespan of up to 5 years. This is, however, no longer the case since major tech companies like Google and Apple have been pushing to shorten the SSL/TLS Certificate Lifetime to be only one year. In a few years, it’s very likely that the maximum Certificate Lifetime will be shortened to just six months. In any case, shortening the validity period of SSL/TLS certificates makes sense since it minimizes the chance of key compromises and generally raises the level of security on the web.
Consequences of not renewing your SSL/TLS-certificates in time
Surveys have shown that expired SSL/TLS-certificates cost the average global 5,000 company about $15 million to recover from the loss of business due to a certificate outage. Even if your company is not among some of the largest in the world, having expired SSL/TLS-certificates can result in a range of negative consequences, some of which are outlined below.
- The overall trust of your website is reduced immediately.
- Your company’s brand and reputation are at risk.
- Sales and revenue streams can be dramatically affected
- Visitors become susceptible to fraud and identity theft.
How to renew an SSL/TLS-certificate
If you are renewing an SSL/TLS certificate, you are actually not renewing your existing one; you are ordering a new one. Thus, ordering an SSL/TLS certificate is like ordering it for the first time. When you ‘renew’ an SSL/TLS-certificate the validation process must though start over again and depending on how many SSL/TLS certificates your company uses, this can be a challenging and time-consuming task. This task is further complicated by the fact that most companies use certificates from multiple Certificate Authorities. In any case, SSL360™ provides a convenient way to maintain and renew all your certificates, regardless of who issued them. There’s also the option to go for a solution like TRUSTZONE Certificate Manager (TCM), where predefined policies automatically renew your certificates on a scheduled basis.
How long does it take to renew an SSL/TLS-certificate?
For most companies, renewing multiple SSL/TLS certificates can be a time-consuming process. Besides the time it takes to renew an expired or soon-to-be-expired SSL/TLS-certificate, you must also remember that the validation process also takes time, which depends on the type of SSL/TLS-certificate you are using.
Currently, there are three types of SSL/TLS certificates.
- Domain Validated Certificates (DV)
- Organization Validated Certificates (OV)
- Extended Validated Certificates (EV)
DV, OV, and EV certificates differ by the degree of validation required before they can be issued, and the validation process directly affects how long it takes to issue a new certificate or replace an expired SSL/TLS-certificate. Renewing an SSL/TLS-certificate can take any time from 10 minutes to several days, depending on its type and issuer. However, if you are using a Managed SSL solution from TRUSTZONE you can issue all three types of certificates within 10 minutes.
Find the right solution to renew your SSL/TLS-certificates
TRUSTZONE offers two solutions to help you stay on top of SSL/TLS certificate expiration dates and prevent outages: SSL360™ and TRUSTZONE Certificate Manager (TCM)
SSL360™ lets you track certificates across all your domains. By using advanced techniques, SSL360™ links each of your registered domains to your public SSL/TLS certificates, so you know where your certificates are at all times. Using SSL360™, you can proactively solve some of the most prevalent problems related to managing SSL/TLS-certificates, including monitoring, running health checks, and renewing SSL/TLS-certificates.
A few of the SSL360™ features are:
- SSL360™ can track all your public SSL/TLS-certificates, including the ones in Shadow IT
- SSL360™ lets you know if your SSL configuration has errors or vulnerabilities.
- SSL360™ can alert you when your certificates are about to expire, regardless of the issuer
- SSL360™ allows you to renew SSL/TLS certificates from any Certificate Authority
Put SSL-renewing on autopilot with TRUSTZONE Certificate Manager.
If you want to fully automate all your SSL/TLS-certificate renewals (public and internal certificates), you need to invest in TRUSTZONE Certificate Manager (TCM). With TCM, you get a flexible solution for distributing and managing large numbers of certificates for servers, laptops, mobile phones, and securing IoT devices.
TCM fits seamlessly into your existing network infrastructure, runs on almost every OS and multi-domain. It automatically creates, distributes, and installs short-lived or long-lived X.509 certificates with corresponding strong cryptographic key-pairs, securing the server, user, and device connections.
With TCM you get:
- A scalable and cost-efficient certificate lifecycle management solution
- Automatic issuance of various digital certificates, including SSL/TLS and S/MIME certificates
- No vendor locking, but the option to choose from multiple Certificate Authorities
- A tool to streamline operations, reduce efforts, and enforce agility with end-to-end automation
- Easy setup of crypto policies without investing in costly PKI hardware or security professionals
TRUSTZONE: Trusted by more than +3000 companies globally
TRUSTZONE is Scandinavia’s largest SSL/TLS certificate supplier and a leading provider of scalable PKI and IoT solutions for encryption, authentication, and automated SSL/TLS-certificate lifecycle management.
We offer custom options for companies and organizations across industries with a full suite of compatibility-optimized, fully scalable certificate products and solutions. Our options fit all company sizes — from small, one-person businesses and startups needing one or two SSL/TLS certificates to large international companies looking for full-scale, enterprise-grade solutions.
We have more than 15 years of experience with PKI, SSL/TLS, and certificate management. 3,000+ companies of all sizes have already trusted us with their certificates, and TRUSTZONE certificates protect more than 80% of the Danish banking sector.