DigiCert S/MIME Client Certificates
Passwords No Longer Cut It
Your information is as essential as any of your business assets. Adding extra layers of security to your critical systems and data is no longer just an option—it’s a necessity. In fact, one of your biggest threats lies within the walls of your own company. Internal employees account for 43% of data loss, according to a Ponemon Institute study. Passwords are part of the problem when it comes to lost data, not the solution. According to LastPass, the average 250-employee company has roughly 47,750 passwords used across their organization. These passwords represent 47,750 entry points into your systems. But, what if you didn’t have to rely on the strength of passwords?
The Solution: Client Certificates
Unlike weak passwords, client certificates prove the identity of the user attempting to connect to a specific application, website, interface, or other system by using a digital signature.
How Client Certificates Work
Client Authentication Certificates
Authentication certificates are used for two-factor authentication. Once a server is configured for client certificate authentication, it will only grant user access to it if the client presents the correct client certificate. When using a web browser to connect to the server, without the correct client certificate, the client cannot even access the credentials page.
Email Client Certificates
Email certificates have a public/private key pair. the private key stays with you and will used to sign outgoing emails and decrypt incoming emails encrypted with your public key. Your public key is used to verify your signature and encrypt emails sent to you.
- Client Authentication
- Document Signing
- Email Encryption
- Email Signing
Benefits of DigiCert Client Certs
- Prevent Tampering: Add an extra layer of protection with multi-factor authentication, so even if valid user credentials get into the wrong hands—access is still denied and communications are safe.
- Secure Environment Access: It allows you to secure your network, applications, and interfaces, only permitting access from authorized individuals.
- Device Authentication: The need for device authentication grows as enterprise networks expand. These certificates protect devices and control access so only authorized individuals can use them.
- Encrypt & Sign Email: Allow senders and recipients of e-mail to verify that the content they’re sharing is legitimate. Encrypt communications using S/MIME, the most trusted e-mail encryption technology.
A datasheet is available here for download