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Microsoft Certificate Authority Management

Elevate your AD CS capabilities with Sectigo Certificate Manager

Sectigo Certificate Manager provides complete visibility and lifecycle control over Microsoft certificates alongside your other private and public certificates.

The IT environment is changing

The rapid digital transformation of businesses has led to increasingly complex and heterogeneous IT environments. Distributed workforces, hybrid and multi-cloud setups, and a broad range of vendors providing solutions have become the new norm. In this landscape, open and interoperable solutions are crucial for enterprise IT leaders. Companies face challenges when relying solely on Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS). With our direct integration into Microsoft Certificate Authority (MSCA), Sectigo Certificate Manager (SCM) delivers a modern approach to issuing and managing any certificate across your business, all from a single platform.

Challenges with AD CS

While AD CS has historically been a reliable solution, it does present some challenges for today's enterprises:

  • High maintenance: Managing certificates using AD CS is a manual process for non-Windows entities that heavily relies on on-premise infrastructure, lacking cloud-native capabilities.
  • Interoperability issues: While AD CS integrates well within the Microsoft ecosystem and operating systems, it often lacks integrations with commonly used enterprise technologies outside this environment.
  • Time-consuming: The manual process of managing digital certificates using AD CS can be time-consuming and error-prone, making it a burden for IT administrators who have many other responsibilities.
  • Complexity: Deploying and managing Microsoft CA requires specialized public key infrastructure (PKI) knowledge and a dedicated staff, making it challenging for some organizations to implement.
  • Total cost of ownership (TCO): Though Microsoft CA is theoretically free, there are hidden costs for hardware, expert teams, and annual maintenance, which can quickly add up.

Sectigo Certificate Manager offers two paths to augmentation

Sectigo Certificate Manager (SCM) offers a comprehensive solution for organizations looking to enhance their AD CS capabilities and streamline certificate lifecycle management. SCM addresses the challenges of manual management, lack of interoperability, and the high TCO associated with traditional AD CS.

Sectigo offers two paths for organizations to fulfill their Microsoft certificate management needs:

  • Augment certificate management capabilities of AD CS
    SCM seamlessly integrates with AD CS, automating the entire lifecycle of digital certificates for Microsoft applications, while also extending its functionality to non-Microsoft applications.
  • Replace AD CS and scale with a cloud-based Sectigo Private CA
    Sectigo offers a natively agnostic and cloud-based CA that scales effortlessly with the organization's needs, providing a more flexible and versatile solution. You will continue to use Windows’ auto-enrollment capabilities while leveraging SCM’s automation and management features.

Benefits of AD CS augmentation

Continuous discovery and management of all digital certificates from Microsoft and other public and private CAs

Control over certificates used for identification, authentication and authorization in AD CS

Enhanced capabilities added to existing investment in AD CS

Superior automation for certificate installation and renewal

Certificate deployment to secure non-Windows use cases

Consistent certificate policies across the enterprise

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