The 2023 CISO’s Guide to Certificate Lifecycle Management (CLM)

Public key infrastructure (PKI) is the technology behind digital certificates and encompasses everything used to enable public key cryptography, one of the most common forms of internet encryption. The purpose of any PKI setup is to manage keys and digital certificates associated with it, thereby creating a highly secure network environment. Digital certificates serve as identity proof, ensuring the authenticity of users, machines, devices, and applications on a network and helping to establish and extend trust during communication.

With machine identities greatly outnumbering human identities, enterprise organizations must implement a certificate lifecycle management (CLM) solution to help prevent certificate-related outages and security weaknesses. There is a growing concern that cybercriminals are misusing trusted certificates for phishing, making them a potential target for theft. Additionally expired, compromised, or rogue certificates expose critical systems to potential cyberattacks, which can lead to reputational damage, revenue losses, and compliance violations.

This is why it is critical to ensure robust certificate lifecycle management and secure and compliant PKI. Download this guide to learn:

  • How to implement a simple, secure, and end-to-end automated certificate management strategy to strengthen your overall security posture
  • Steps for executing a PKI and CLM strategy for DevOps and containerized environments
  • PKI and certificate management best practices that every CISO needs to know