SSL Certificate Management Tips for Websites| Don’t Let SSLs Expire

SSL certificate oversight is really important for websites.  Review  these tips from security professionals to help manage your SSLs that are important to authenticate user communication and transactions.

1. Do Not Let SSL Certificates Expire
You don’t want to let SSL certificates expire because an expired SSL certificate will disrupt your customer experience.  That’s not good, and it will cost you money from lost sales and traffic.  At very best, an expired certificate will send up an error message on shoppers’ browsers, warning them that the trusted connection is no longer able to be validated.

Some case of an expired SSL can shut a system down.  Server-to-server communications that utilize certificates that expire, they stop working.  Figuring out why a computer system is no longer working can take a lot of time for expert engineers – time that could be spent developing new products instead of fixing an expired SSL cert.

So, make sure you buy your SSL certificates for a long period. One year renewals are a hassle, and end up costing you in engineer time and potential expired SSL issues.

2. Manage SSL Certificates

Make sure you know where you have certificates installed, and what the expiration date is if you have multiple SSL certificates.  You need to keep track of them.  If you don’t even know where the SSLs are installed on your network, how are you going to be able to replace them or manage them when they expire?  Make it easy to identify your certificates with good organization and documentation.

Many times the reason why large eCommerce websites let SSL certificates expire is that the people in charge of renewing had no clue the certificate existed in the first place.  Centrally manage your SSLs.  Automate the discovery process, scan for certificates, and start setting up an automated way to renew certificates before expiration becomes a problem. Once that’s done, it is easiest to centralize the whole process by developing infrastructure that allows a central administrator to handle all the certificates, authorizing issuance to individual business unit- or server-owners as they request them.

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