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Survey: Post-It Notes, Spreadsheets Used To Manage Digital Certificates
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User Rank: Apprentice
2/27/2012 | 7:38:30 AM
re: Survey: Post-It Notes, Spreadsheets Used To Manage Digital Certificates
The survey of 174 IT and IT security pros had several red flags about digital certificate management.
User Rank: Apprentice
2/24/2012 | 5:47:54 AM
re: Survey: Post-It Notes, Spreadsheets Used To Manage Digital Certificates
IT managers using post-it notes and spreadsheets to manage millions of security instruments.
User Rank: Apprentice
2/24/2012 | 5:09:02 AM
re: Survey: Post-It Notes, Spreadsheets Used To Manage Digital Certificates
Ya it's true ,its so difficult to keep track of it and the content here was good stuff
User Rank: Apprentice
2/24/2012 | 3:31:58 AM
re: Survey: Post-It Notes, Spreadsheets Used To Manage Digital Certificates
I generally keep track of encryption keys with a key manager like GNU Privacy Assistant, passwords and other important phrases and small details with a password manager like PasswordSafe or Seahorse. As far as keeping track of SSL certificates and when they expired, most organizations I worked with would let the expiration pass by, and then they would have to scramble to get a new key. On the other hand, some of the bigger, Fortune 100-type companies that I worked with would keep track of the dates, and would be able to send out notifications and replacement keys as much as a month in advance. Kudos to those companies. What's the best scheduled solution for watching for expiration dates and sending automated reminders? Exchange? Sharepoint? A long-dormant cron job? Calendar reminders? I'd like to hear from workers at companies that track these reminders, and find out how they do it, and if there is anything they'd do differently to do it even better. I'd also like to hear from anyone else on their ideas for best-practice solutions and standardized software for the job.

--- Jonathon

User Rank: Apprentice
2/23/2012 | 10:54:05 PM
re: Survey: Post-It Notes, Spreadsheets Used To Manage Digital Certificates
Organizations need to quickly come to terms with how crucial encryption keys are to safeguarding the entire enterprise.
It's pure madness that large Fortune 500 companies are still using home-grown, manual processes to inventory and monitor encryption assets.-
Not only are all the recent security hacks a warning to the wise, but just the operational and compliance benefits alone are worth looking into an automated solution like this.
User Rank: Ninja
2/23/2012 | 10:36:09 PM
re: Survey: Post-It Notes, Spreadsheets Used To Manage Digital Certificates
Very difficult to keep track of certs without some sort of tool...
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