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NetGuard Certificate Manager

Manage digital identities with secured and standardized PKI

Why do mobile operators need a PKI system?

Mobile network operators use Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) to establish a trusted environment for electronic communications between radio network elements and the core network. Therefore, they activate IP security tunnels, where the tunnel endpoints are authenticated with device-specific identity information, so called digital certificates. This allows users and computers in the network to exchange data securely. PKI requires a certificate manager in place to ensure efficient and secured management procedures.

Certificate management based on a trusted certificate authority

The Nokia NetGuard Certificate Manager (NCM) consists of software and highly available and secure hardware. Based on a trusted certificate authority (CA), the NCM issues and manages digital certificates in a standardized and secure way. Its primary use is for 4G and 5G mobile networks where base stations and small cells are deployed in an unsecured area, and where a secured connection to the backbone network is required.

In that context, the IPsec protocol secures data exchanges with the Security Gateway and requires digital certificates for the purpose of identification. NetGuard Certificate Manager simplifies this process by setting up a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), according to the 3GPP standards. In fact, it allows certificates to be securely and automatically enrolled to the base stations.  

Certificate manager also for IoT devices

For the Internet of Things (IoT), NetGuard Certificate Manager enables safe authentication of users, devices, applications and systems. Authentication happens without the need for tokens, passwords, or other non-standardized authentication schemes. The distributed architecture allows NCM deployments of active certificates to scale up to 100M+.

Your digital certificates under control

NetGuard Certificate Manager and Certificate Lifecycle Manager together form a complete security management solution enabling you to easily manage digital certificates at scale.  

What is unique about NetGuard Certificate Manager?

  • >100 million
    security certificates supported
  • 10,000
    certificate operations supported per hour
  • Milliseconds
    intra-site failover

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