Microsoft has launched beta 2 of its Certificate Lifecycle Manager (CLM), which helps manage the lifecycle of digital certificates and smart cards.
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The company said that organisations are realising that traditional username and password solutions are no longer sufficient to secure access control for business assets and sensitive data.
In response, technology firms are offering sophisticated authentication solutions such as smart cards with digital certificates. IT administrators need a centralised point of management for these certificates that is easy to deploy and maintain, said Microsoft.
CLM allows organisations to deploy, manage, and maintain a certificate-based infrastructure. Microsoft said CLM streamlines the provisioning, deprovisioning, configuration, and auditing of digital certificates and smart cards, while increasing security through strong, multi-factor authentication technology.
Using CLM, both digital certificates and smart cards can be managed as part of the same system - including requirements for smart card logon, signed e-mail, VPN access and other requirements.
This functionality includes inventory management, card enrolment, recovery, revocation, unblocking, and other features required for successful deployment. CLM simplifies the administrative processes required to convey trust, and ensures distribution in a more secure and structured manner, said Microsoft.
The software is available for download from www.microsoft.com/technet/clm/default.mspx