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Microsoft Windows plays an important role in the Enterprise, serving as the access point to company assets within the rewall, over a virtual private network, or from the browser to cloud services. However, authentication is required to ensure only authorized employees and devices can access the company assets. Passwords are expensive to manage, difficult to use and can be stolen by malware. To eliminate passwords, Microsoft has introduced two new features to meet the enterprise authentication need for an easy-to-use approach, where the employee’s identity cannot be impersonated:
The enterprise has the same authentication requirement for non-Windows platforms such as mobile devices, SSL/TLS on internal web servers, networking equipment, WiFi and Internet of Things. While several authentication technologies exist, Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) is the only approach which can deliver a single strong digital identity for the person or device for all use cases, and all platforms.
While PKI is the most secure and easy to use digital identity, the challenge remains to make it the easiest to deploy and Comodo CA makes deployment and management easy for both a customer premises Microsoft CA and Comodo CA, giving the customer the choice of what makes sense for their business.
The Microsoft Certificate Authority is well designed to issue and manage the certi cates to Microsoft clients. Where MSCA is lacking, is the management and visibility of all the certi cates issued, whether they be for a Microsoft client or a non-Microsoft application inside or outside the rewall such as:
Automated certificate issuance, installation and renewal to non-Microsoft clients is required to prevent a failure to authenticate, leading to a customer, partner or the employee not being able to do their job. Comodo CA provides Certificate Management for certificates issued from a customer premise Microsoft Certificate Authority, protecting your investment while preventing the outage of authentication services. There is no need to displace your Microsoft CA to take advantage of the management capabilities from one console. While the management is centralized, the administration of groups can be delegated to match your organizational structure; Migration to Comodo CA is easy, it starts by automatically discovering all the past certi cates issued by the Microsoft CA.
The setup of a Microsoft Certificate Authority itself is a relatively simple task, but making effective use of the certificates across the enterprise will require PKI expertise that an enterprise may not possess. The solution design must address:
The cost of the setup and the maintenance of the Microsoft Certificate Authority varies greatly depending on the security and availability required by the certificate authority. More sophisticated deployments will require advanced PKI knowledge that the enterprise may not possess.
Sectigo allows the customer to purchase a turn-key service, paying only for what they need at the time, using an annual subscription fee. There are no large upfront setup costs. As the largest commercial certification authority, the Sectigo support team has the expertise to deploy PKI to your enterprise.
Sectigo is the only CA that allows the enterprise to simultaneously issue and manage certificates issued from:
With world class solutions that identify, prevent and combat web-based threats, Sectigo helps businesses protect their customers and reach their goals.