SSL certificate management critical to businesses today

SSL certificate management critical to businesses today

While high assurance SSL certificates are great for helping secure a business online, a report by Symantec and VeriSign said certificate management is critical to businesses in today's enterprise.

The white paper said sometimes the first sign a company gets of a "lost" SSL certificate may be from a customer, and in other instances it could be from a phishing incident, but both pose major risks for businesses.

"Whatever the case may be, losing track of SSL Certificates can cause significant financial loss and reputation damage," the white paper said. "Fortunately, discovering and managing SSL certificates within the enterprise does not have to be complex or time-consuming."

Key features to look for in an SSL management system include flexibility, an easy-to-use interface, the ability to scan the environment automatically to make sure it is safe, alerts, and reporting and delegation capabilities. This way, businesses will be able to get more out of their certificates and make sure there are no rogue certificates floating around the web.

Companies such as GeoTrust and VeriSign are able to offer high assurance SSL certificates and programs to help manage these certificates. GeoTrust's website gives a variety of interfaces that companies can look at to make sure they are getting exactly what they want for their security needs.