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HID Global partners with Keyfactor on data security and privacy protection

12 May 2020

HID GLOBAL and Keyfactor, the provider of secure digital identity management solutions, have announced a collaboration that will improve how organisations secure their data and protect privacy.

By adding HID IdenTrust digital certificates to the Keyfactor platform, the combined offer provides enterprise customers with a single convenient solution to meet today’s zero trust security models and identity regimes.

Digital certificates are used as a foundational security layer within IT and PKI frameworks. Transport Layer Security/Secure Sockets Layer certificates establish an encrypted connection between a browser or an end user’s computer and a server or website to ensure data security, privacy and authenticity. Rising cyber risk has prompted the further adoption of digital certificates as businesses work to strengthen their overall security posture and prevent downtime due to system misconfiguration or certificate exploits.

“Misconfigured systems, unprotected enrolment servers such as Simple Certificate Enrolment Protocol or other weaknesses can be exploited by hackers or rogue users to obtain fraudulent certificates that enable system access or 'imposter' certificates that represent other users with elevated access,” said Chris Hickman, Chief Security Officer at Keyfactor. “Finding rogue user or device certificates and preventing administrator impersonation can only be achieved by gathering and inspecting every internal and external certificate within the organisation’s PKI.”

HID’s IdenTrust business offers the only bank-grade identity authentication system in the world, delivering a legally and technologically interoperable environment for authenticating and using identities in more than 175 countries. With a range of application-specific, identity-based digital certificate solutions and over 5.1 million certificates in active production reliably supporting 18 billion validations per year, IdenTrust is a leading digital certification authority.

To manage the HID IdenTrust certificates, Keyfactor offers a complete and scalable cloud-based platform for the enterprise. he Keyfactor platform provides the visibility and control to efficiently track, renew, replace and manage certificates across the enterprise through one easy-t0-use interface. Certificate management can now be automated to avoid inconvenient and costly downtime due to expired certificates, while also reducing the associated compliance risks.

“Today’s zero trust environment highlights the need for securing and managing the identities of users, machines and devices on a network,” noted Brad Jarvis, vice-president and managing director of identity and access management solutions at HID Global. “The combination of HID IdenTrust digital certificates and the Keyfactor platform enables our enterprise customers to achieve the frictionless management and deployment of digital certificates. Customers can use this combined solution to achieve greater control of their information security assets along with effective risk management.”

Kevin von Keyserling, chief strategy officer and co-founder of Keyfactor, added: “This solution delivers end-to-end secure certificate management that empowers business leaders to manage the operational and security risks that growing digital identity adoption presents, HID Global and Keyfactor share a common vision to support customers as they implement and scale digital identity management across the enterprise. This solution brings that vision to life, meeting our customer’s PKI needs today and, indeed, as they scale.”