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NetGuard Certificate Lifecycle Manager

Comprehensive certificate lifecycle management

NetGuard Certificate Lifecycle Manager (NCLM) is a comprehensive solution for the certificate lifecycle management of digital identities. As part of Nokia’s SOAR suite, NetGuard Adaptive Security Operations, NCLM automates the enrollment, renewal, and deployment of public keys and certificates in a centralized, secure and cost-effective way, preventing costly outages and vulnerabilities

NCLM offers full visibility to the deployed certificate base. It improves network security posture by reducing risks arising from outdated or rogue digital identities. It improves reliability by eliminating service outages due to expired certificates and lowers operational costs through enhanced automation.

Digital certificates are the most common method for both users and machines to secure communication, authentication, and authorization in proven technologies. Enterprises, communication service providers, cloud service providers, and IoT device manufacturers are using certificates as a fundamental building block within their security infrastructure. However, expired certificates can easily lead to costly outages and downtime. While weak and poorly-configured certificates can be used to hijack connections, eavesdrop on network traffic, or manipulate application data.

"54% of security professionals say they don’t even know how many keys and certificates they have, where they are located, or how they are used.
From the Ponemon Institute, underpinning the need for Certificate Lifecycle Management

NCLM addresses these issues and gives security and operations teams full control over their certificate lifecycle management processes. It allows for seamless integration between various public certification authorities (CAs), such as Entrust, Symantec, or Digicert. In addition support for enterprise PKIs, such as Microsoft CA, Insta Certifier, or Nokia’s NetGuard Certificate Manager.

NCLM is an agnostic solution and provides unified management of every single certificate regardless of the issuing source. It uses an open platform that supports plug-ins, enabling seamless integration with multivendor network elements and devices for centralized, single-step certificate deployment.

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