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Writing Event Plugin Handlers for the Certificate Management System (CMS)

Posted by Gary Galehouse on Jul 25, 2012 5:15:44 AM

The Certificate Management System (CMS), formerly known as the Certificate Reporting Tool (CRT), as referenced below, provides reporting and notification capabilities to an existing Public Key Infrastructure (PKI). The reports and notifications are highly customizable for content, timing, and audience. In addition, custom ‘event plugin handlers’ can be created and registered to perform any desired functionality when predefined events occur. Two types of CRT events are exposed:

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Topics: digital certificate, iPhone, IT Security, Microsoft Security Partner, digital pki, Certificate Reporting Tool, Public Key Infrastructure, Event Plugin Handlers, Microsoft Public Key Infrastructure, iPad, Microsoft PKI, iOS management certificates, mobile certificate, iOS, Blog, Plugin Handlers, Got PKI?

Apple Products Becoming (Business) Mainstream

Posted by CSS Marketing on Feb 9, 2012 4:00:13 AM

The popularity of Apple’s iPads and iPhones among consumers are well documented, but recent findings from Forrester Research shows that these devices are gaining steam in the corporate world.

The “Consumerization of IT” or BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) has become a common occurrence among all departments, and not surprisingly, Apple is leading the way among what Forrester calls “information” workers — workers that use a computer for work an hour or more per day. And the more senior the individual, the more they are using Apple devices:

  • More than 1 out of 5 (21%) of 10,000 surveyed Information workers use one or more Apple device at work
  • The number of Apple BYOD-ers doubles to 2 out of 5 professionals (41%) for those with the title “Director of IT” or higher
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Topics: digital certificate, Microsoft Active Directory AD, certificates, apple, iOS 5, iPhone, IT Security, Microsoft Security Partner, digital pki, Certificate Reporting Tool, Public Key Infrastructure, Certificate Management System (CMS), Industry Trends, mCMS, Microsoft Public Key Infrastructure, Active Directory Certificate Services, iPad, PKI, Microsoft PKI, iOS management certificates, Microsoft and Apple, iOS, Blog, Active Directory, mobile certificates, BYOD, AD, Got PKI?

Apple Cozying Up to Microsoft Partners? CSS' mCMS

Posted by CSS Marketing on Nov 18, 2011 7:19:57 AM

This week we’ve seen the latest chapter in the Microsoft/Apple love/hate relationship… and it would seem that love is conquering all… at least for the time being. As CRN reports, Apple is reaching out to Microsoft partners that can help integrate iPhones and iPads into enterprise environments.

We’re seeing a bit of a perfect storm for Apple and Microsoft to work together – at least in the mobile space – as more and more organizations are taking a look at moving to or allowing iPhones (and iPads). Combining the robust multi-faceted Microsoft Core Infrastructure platform and Apple’s trendy “must-have” market monopolizing devices, Apple and Microsoft are “on again,” albeit in the relatively limited smartphone and tablet arena.

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Topics: digital certificate, iPad security, apple, iOS 5, iPhone, IT Security, consumerization, Microsoft Security Partner, Certificate Reporting Tool, Certificate Management System (CMS), Industry Trends, mCMS, Software Products, Microsoft Public Key Infrastructure, iPad, SCEP, mobile security, Microsoft, Microsoft PKI, CRT, iOS management certificates, mobile certificate, Microsoft and Apple, iOS, Blog, iPhone security, secure enrollment, BYOD, Got PKI?

iOS 5, S/MIME, and Digital Certificate Management

Posted by Ted Shorter on Sep 15, 2011 9:50:12 AM

iOS 5, Apple’s new operating system for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch, will be released “soon” – Apple officially says “this Fall,” and many prognosticators are pointing to sometime in October. While the new release has hundreds of new features, the feature that’s of particular interest to digital identity practitioners such as CSS is one that’s received very little press to date:

S/MIME.

The current version of iOS4.x supports the use of digital certificates for authentication: to things like wireless networks, VPNs, and Microsoft ActiveSync . But starting with iOS 5, iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users will be able to send and receive digitally signed and encrypted email messages directly from their device.

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Topics: digital certificate, consumerization of IT, apple, iOS 5, iPhone, IT Security, consumerization, Microsoft Security Partner, authentication, Certificate Reporting Tool, cert downtime, Certificate Management System (CMS), Industry Trends, mCMS, Software Products, Certificate revocation list, iPad, CRT, iOS management services, expired certs, mobile certificate, iOS, Blog, digital certificates expire, BYOD, expired digital certificates, Got PKI?

Digital Certificate Reporting Tool in the News

Posted by CSS Marketing on May 31, 2011 10:36:33 AM

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Topics: digital certificate, microsoft ca, IT Security, Microsoft Security Partner, digital pki, fulfill, Certificate Reporting Tool, Certificate Management System (CMS), Microsoft Public Key Infrastructure, Certificate Reporting Tool (CRT), Microsoft PKI, CRT, News, Microsoft-centric infrastructure, expired certificates, expanded compliance and forensic issues, Got PKI?

Using CSS’ Certificate Management System (CMS) to help manage certificates for iPads and iPhones

Posted by Ted Shorter on Apr 15, 2011 10:31:36 AM

Part 2 of Apple’s iOS Devices and Certificate Lifecycle Planning blog.

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Topics: digital certificate, apple, iPhone, Microsoft Security Partner, Certificate Reporting Tool, Certificate Management System (CMS), mCMS, iPad, SCEP, CRT, iOS management certificates, mobile certificate, iOS, Blog, BYOD, Got PKI?

Apple's iOS Devices and Certificate Lifecycle Planning

Posted by Ted Shorter on Apr 14, 2011 3:20:42 PM

iOS devices such as iPads and iPhones are quickly becoming a part of the enterprise IT landscape, in a trend sometimes referred to as “the consumerization of IT.” From a security practitioner’s standpoint, there are a number of factors here that are cause for concern, including the prospect of unmanaged or “under-managed” devices accessing corporate data, the variety of devices and form factors involved, and the rapid pace of adoption, to name a few.

Enterprise Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and digital certificates can help. iPhones and iPads are natively capable of using digital certificates for authentication to corporate networks and data in a variety of ways:

  • Corporate wireless networks (802.1X and EAP-TLS)
  • VPN gateways via the built-in Cisco client
  • Microsoft ActiveSync
  • Mutually-authenticated SSL web sites via the Safari browser
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Topics: digital certificate, apple, iPhone, consumerization, Microsoft Security Partner, digital pki, Certificate Reporting Tool, Public Key Infrastructure, Certificate Management System (CMS), mCMS, Microsoft Public Key Infrastructure, iPad, iOS management certificates, mobile certificate, iOS, Blog, Simple Certificate Enrollment Protocol, BYOD, Got PKI?

Certified Security Solutions Announces New Software Offering: The Certificate Management System (CMS)

Posted by Ryan Grassie on Apr 6, 2009 2:30:56 PM

Certified Security Solutions, Inc. (CSS), a leading provider of information security consulting services, unveils the release of a new software offering called the Certificate Management System (CMS). CMS allows organizations to effectively track the expiration of critical certificates and certificate revocation lists (CRLs) in a Microsoft Certificate Services environment.

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Topics: certificates, Microsoft Security Partner, Certificate Reporting Tool, CRT, Press Releases

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