Centrally Managing Trust, Security & Compliance in Educational Institutions

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Executive Summary

A University with a continuously expanding number of web-enabled applications, servers and internet/networking arrangements was acquiring hundreds of SSL certificates each year. Multiple IT project leaders were independently sourcing digital certificates for each project or user as the requirement arose. Further, many of these certificates were used to support applications processing financial, personal and business confidential information. Without a simple way to coordinate and manage this critical and dynamic security environment, the University shouldered a costly administrative, digital certificate overhead. Just as important, security management and compliance controls were difficult, if not impossible, to assure. The distributed and ad-hoc approach to digital certificate management was inadvertently negating important security benefits.

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