Every year, you probably open the windows and doors of your own home, air out the carpets, wipe everything down, vacuum, dust and rid the house of winter. But when was the last time you gave a thorough spring cleaning to your corporate workload?

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) compliance adds quite a bit of work to your daily tasks. Keeping track of what SSLs you own and where they are being implemented, as well as managing your SSL certificate renewals to make sure everything is up to date, can be tedious and time consuming, not to mention, error prone when they’re scattered between different project owners.

SpringCleanAccording to a study conducted by Ponemon Institute*, 54% of security professionals said they don’t know where or how many certificates are in use for their company’s domains. Even more disturbing, the survey concluded that most security analysts believe this number to be grossly underestimated.

SSL certificates protect your website, applications, and data through encryption, ensuring that when your clients use your web resources whenever they shop, bank, or communicate online, their information is safe. Their browser confirms that your SSL digital certificate is current, valid, and issued by a trusted certificate authority with a familiar green font and padlock logo. When the browser isn’t protected, it shows that too—in red font—and consumers would be smart to think twice about inputting personal information into an unprotected website.

Running an audit on all your digital portfolios, starting with domain names, social media usernames, and SSL certificates, can shed some light on your assets. The SSL audit will identify where your existing certificates are registered, and cross-reference them with the live sites in your domain portfolio. Once you know where all your SSLs are, you can consolidate them in one platform, guaranteeing easier management of your SSL portfolio across multiple brands. For your brand’s credibility, it’s smart to ensure that no certificates expire, because expired SSL certificates can bring costly repercussions.

CSOonline.com published an article** stating that the “average global 5,000 company spends about $15 million to recover from the loss of business due to a certificate outage—and faces another $25 million in potential compliance impact.”

CSC® Digital Brand Services SSL Management provides corporations with added security with a range of SSL certificates, 24/7 support, and peace of mind for SSL renewal for your entire infrastructure.

>> Learn more about SSL certificates at cscdigitalbrand.services.

*https://iapp.org/media/pdf/resource_center/Ponemon_cost_of_failed_trust_report_2016.pdf
**http://www.csoonline.com/article/2987186/browser-security/expired-certificates-cost-businesses-15-million-per-outage.html

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