We are elated to launch the Certificate Management feature on Scalefusion MDM. Now, IT admins can automate the provisioning of digital certificates/identities to authenticate devices without any end-user intervention via the Scalefusion dashboard.
Digital Certificates: An overview
Digital certificates are an imperative component of the public key infrastructure of a network. They serve as a digital identity that is used for authentication of a device or an endpoint and helps in attesting the security of the same, especially when the devices are connected to unknown networks. Deployment of digital certificates on the device inventory is critical for enterprise security. Certificate management ensures monitoring and facilitation of the certificate status on any endpoint- including laptops, computers and mobile devices.
IT teams are burdened with several tasks ranging from device provisioning, supporting remote working to ensuring device security and compliance of the entire enterprise device inventory. Without an MDM solution, IT administrators have to individually provision devices with business apps and resources, enforcing access control and security policies on each, manually. Scalefusion MDM helps the IT teams to take over device provisioning and management over the air.
To further enhance IT operations, Scalefusion now enables IT teams to manage certificates on iOS and Windows 10 devices from the Scalefusion dashboard, replacing the cumbersome process of individual certificate deployment and management.
Types of certificates supported by Scalefusion Certificate Management:
The types of certificates that can be uploaded, deployed and managed on Scalefusion are as follows:
- Identity Certificate- used by apps and browsers for user identification and certificate-based authentication
- CA Certificate- used to verify the trust of the certificate presented
- Chained Certificate- ordered list of certificates of the above-mentioned certificate types
How does it work?
IT teams can upload certificates on the Scalefusion dashboard and deploy them on iOS and Windows 10 device profiles or devices. These certificates can then be installed on the devices without any end-user intervention.
Scalefusion supports certificates of two formats- PKCS12(.p12) and PKCS1(cer, pem).
On iOS devices, IT admins can deploy certificate-based Enterprise Wi-Fi configurations to enable employees to quickly plug and work when they enter enterprise networks. You can read more about it here.
IT admins can upload, publish, unpublish or delete certificates from the Scalefuson dashboard. They can also quickly glance through the certificate information that displays details such as by whom it was issued, the expiration date, and key usage.
IT admins can push certificates while provisioning the unboxed devices as well as the devices already enrolled in Scalefusion. When a new employee receives an unboxed device that is provisioned using Zero-touch, the certificates for authentication and access control are installed on the first boot along with the device profile.