An expired certificate caused an hour-long outage last summer on Spotify. Today’s columnist, Abul Salek of Sectigo, raises awareness of the issue and offers insight on how automation can help security teams more effectively manage digital identity certificates. (CC BY-NC 2.0)

High-profile outages caused by expired digital identity certificates have dominated the headlines of late, as widely-used platforms have suffered serious disruptions. Although the industry commonly uses the term certificate outage, the term fails to accurately describe what actually happens: the failure lies not with certificates themselves, but instead stems from an organization’s failure to properly manage the lifecycles of those certificates.

In recent months, the industry has reduced the lifetime of publicly trusted TLS/SSL certificate to 398 days. Now, organizations must renew certificates more frequently. Manually doing so adds burden to IT teams and increases the risk of human error when rolling out and renewing certificates. Thankfully, today’s advanced automation lets enterprises easily and reliably manage their certificate lifecycles, saving time and preventing outages before disaster can strike.

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