5 Reasons to Establish an Enterprise CA and RA Infrastructure Using Futurex Devices
Enterprise-class organizations often deal with large numbers of certificates and certificate requests. To deal with these, traditionally, organizations use a certificate authority (CA) to generate, issue, and revoke certificates and a registration authority (RA) to process requests for new certificates for users, devices, applications, documents, clients, servers, and more.
Futurex’s Key Management Enterprise Server (KMES) Series simplifies this process. If you find yourself in need of a certificate and registration authority solution, whether because your third party solution has reached end-of-life or because you want to simplify the process, here are five good reasons to consider Futurex:
1. The KMES Series doubles as a Certificate and Registration Authority server: Because the KMES Series is able to perform the duties of both a CA and RA, users need not have multiple devices.
2. The KMES Series integrates easily with both Futurex and non-Futurex applications and devices:The Hardened Enterprise Security Platform, a combination of Futurex security solutions, integrates with the KMES Series for abilities such as centralized and remote management of multiple devices. Additionally, using the Futurex API, the KMES Series easily integrates with existing applications in your cryptographic environment.
3. The KMES Series reduces costs: Being both a registration and certificate authority server, the KMES Series reduces training, storage, and up-front hardware costs. Rather than incurring the upfront expenditures of multiple devices, the KMES Series operates as an all-in-one certificate and registration authority. This, in turn, simplifies the training process and potentially cuts the necessary staff to manage the device. Meanwhile, the combination of two devices in one saves on space in the data center and reduces costs to maintain the unit.
4. The KMES Series has enterprise-class functionality: Alongside full CA and RA lifecycle management, the KMES Series can:
-Send customized audit reports and activity logging
-Facilitate web-based and application-based white labelling for RA web portal
-Integrate with LDAP for auto-enrollment
-Scale to a virtually limitless degree
5. The KMES Series fulfils compliance requirements: As a FIPS 140-2 Level 3-validated Secure Cryptographic Device compliant with PCI DSS standards, ANSI X9.24 parts 1 and 2, and EMVCo specifications, the KMES Series covers a significant portion of industry compliance requirements at the outset—leaving far less work and expense on your part to fulfil requirements relevant to your organization.
These are just a few of the reasons to use the KMES Series for your CA and RA needs. To find out more, contact a Futurex Solutions Architect.