New HID platform enhances digital certificate lifecycle management

Austin, Tx (USA)

The new HID Hydrant ID Account Certificate Manager (ACM) solution is designed to eliminate manual, risk-prone processes for tracking, installing and renewing privately-issued as well as trusted Secure Socket Layer/Transport Layer Security (SSL/TLS) certificates. The solution supports the industry’s broadest range of certificate automation requirements under a single annual subscription fee.

“HydrantI D ACM solves today’s difficult digital certificate lifecycle management problems by providing one secure and convenient cloud-based platform for organisational teams to easily access private Certificate Authority services managed by Hydrant ID on their behalf,” said Brad Jarvis, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Identity & Access Management Business Area, with HID Global. “The platform also automates routines such as certificate installation and renewal for both private managed Certificate Authorities and/or trusted SSL/TLS certificates that secure a large and diverse ecosystem of network devices and applications.”

According to the company, HID Hydrant ID ACM software is unique in supporting both trusted SSL certificates and, for greater chain-of-trust control, hosted private Intermediate Certificate Authorities (ICAs) -- all under a single annual subscription fee. Unlike solutions that impose the additional cost, configuration, support and point-of-failure risks of an intermediary “command and control” management platform, the HID Hydrant ID solution communicates directly with endpoints using a Connector model. This makes it easier for organisations to add commercial certificate utilities such as Automatic Certificate Management Environment (ACME) clients to the Hydrant ID platform or embed them in enterprise platforms such as Microsoft Intune using native application programming interfaces (APIs).

The Hydrant ID ACM includes other additional features such providing a single pane of glass to manage all enterprise public or private trust digital certificates reducing the risk of certificate related outages; automation for any device which leverages core operating system components and standards-based protocols for certificate lifecycle automation and integrates out-of-the-box with Active Directory Certificate Services (ADCS) enterprise tools.

The system is designed with fully redundant and geographically dispersed operations to scale on demand and provide instant certificate enrolment, approval, issuance, revocation and renewal.

Finally, more streamlined lifecycle certificate management is achievable via single sign on, multi-factor authentication, comprehensive reporting, granular access control with a lightweight, browser-based self-service certificate portal and workflow controls.


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