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SCEP Validation Service Integration with 3rd-party MDM Applications

Posted by CSS Technical Team on Aug 16, 2012 12:27:00 PM

CSS recently discovered and published information on a potential privilege escalation attack in SCEP-based Certificate Issuance Systems. After this discovery, CSS created the SCEP Validation Service, which aims to close this attack by validating the certificate contents before the Certificate Authority sends it to the requestor. CSS’ patent-pending solution ships today with our Mobile Certificate Management System (mCMS) v 1.1 software. CSS’ SCEP Validation Service is architected as a set of components that can also be integrated into 3rd-party Mobile Device Management (MDM) products.

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Topics: consumerization of IT, Mobile Device Management, bring your own device, Certificate Management System (CMS), mCMS, Microsoft IT Security, MDM, SCEP, iOS management services, iOS management certificates, iOS, Blog, Simple Certificate Enrollment Protocol, VSCEP, BYOD, Validated SCEP

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?

Got PKI? CSS at RSA

Posted by CSS Marketing on Mar 15, 2012 6:39:29 AM

Certified Security Solutions sent a team to the 2012 RSA Security Conference in San Francisco where one of the underlying themes was mobile security. Located in the Microsoft Pavilion, team CSS boasted a 'Got PKI?' theme centered around PKI best practices and the power of digital certificates on mobile devices. Booth conversations included PKI as a service in addition to leveraging CSS' own software solution, the Certificate Management System (CMS) for digital certificate management and enrollment in a Microsoft PKI. Visitors to the booth were genuinely excited to see a mobile security solution from a company that "gets" PKI. CSS' CTO, Ted Shorter, and Director of Business Development, Uri Lichtenfeld, presented a theater session titled 'Do's and Don’ts of PKI and Certificate Management for Mobile Devices.' Check out the photos below:

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Topics: digital certificate, Fulfillment and governance tools for IAM, consumerization of IT, apple, iPhone, digital pki, digital certificate management, Public Key Infrastructure, Certificate Management System (CMS), mCMS, certificate remediation, Microsoft Public Key Infrastructure, iPad, Certificate Reporting Tool (CRT), PKI, Microsoft PKI, iOS management certificates, Microsoft-centric infrastructure, iOS, Blog, expanded compliance and forensic issues, mobile certificates, BYOD, 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?

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?

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