Venafi announced the availability of Venafi Assessor, a downloadable, easy-to-install, free software solution that scans an organization ‘s network to locate and analyze deployed digital certificates and the associated encryption keys.
Assessor produces a series of reports that detail the security, operational and compliance risks derived from the data it collects. Additionally, Assessor provides remediation recommendations based on industry best practices and the aggregate experience of Venafi customers.
Recent Venafi Assessor analysis has found that organizations performing basic inventory assessments often discover three to five times more Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificates than they expected to find on their network.
As a result of these unknown and therefore unmanaged certificates, organizations are vulnerable to unplanned outages, security compromises and failed audits.
“Having worked with many of the world’s largest companies, our experience is that enterprises have inaccurate and incomplete data about their certificate and key populations,” said Jeff Hudson, Venafi CEO.
“The unquantified and unmanaged risks these security instruments pose are significant. The risks are increasing because certificates are being rapidly deployed within corporate data centers, on cloud-based systems, and onto mobile devices. With Assessor, organizations can quantify the extent of their risks, turning assumptions about their certificates and encryption keys into hard data. We are now providing this capability to organizations at no cost.”