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SSL certificates play a vital role in nearly all online transactions, ensuring a secure, trusted connection between a given browser and a given website. Ensuring the safe transmission of data, login information, and other key Internet-facilitated functionality, SSL certificates provide the foundation for online trust, and provide the foundation for online banking, shopping and bill-paying that have become so ingrained into 21st century life.
The foundation for SSL -based security is encryption, an extremely reliable process when properly configured, but which can suffer from dangerous vulnerabilities if not effectively implemented or managed correctly. In fact, business security is too often compromised by a lack of automated certificate management tools.
Attempts to manually track and monitor multiple certificates from various vendors will almost always result in error and mismanagement, leading to missed renewals and expired certificates, which, in turn, generally lead to insecure connections, lack of trust, and a tarnished brand, among other problems.
Effective enterprise certificate management protects against data breaches, failed audits and costly unplanned downtime. Just one expired certificate can lead to major outages, potentially costing tens of thousands of dollars to remediate, and damaging brand integrity.
Comodo Certificate Manager is a robust, centralized certificate management solution designed to provide enterprise clients with a secure, reliable and consistent structure for the entire certificate lifespan, featuring streamlined but powerful tracking, management and compliance functionality for all of their SSL/PKI needs.
Why Comodo Certificate Manager?
Comodo Certificate Manager, developed in partnership with several Fortune 500 companies, consistently and securely manages large volumes of digital certificates of all types and signature algorithms (SSL, ECC, RSA); CCM is the solution to these common – and potentially extremely costly – enterprise challenges.
You may have a good program which routinely scans for different types of malware and this can help to eliminate some advanced persistent threats. However, there are so many threats developed each day, scanning software may not be able to handle all the changes. Here is information to help your organization stay safe in the face of constant cyber threats.
What are Advanced Persistent Threats?
Advanced persistent threats (APTs) are attacks by unauthorized entities upon computer networks, with the intent of staying there undetected for long periods of time. One of the most common features of these attacks, is the ability to become invisible. The main intent of the criminal element is to steal information so it can be used for illegal purposes.
One of the biggest differences between APT and many other types of viruses, is the time factor. Most threats are designed to infiltrate an organization and stay there long enough to retrieve an enormous amount of data. This is what makes them so dangerous.
APTs often use “phishing” methods to infiltrate. For example, cyber criminals sometimes send emails to people in an organization with links to phony sites. APTs are also known for exploiting unknown vulnerabilities in software (which have not been reported or patched). This kind of attack has very little defense and a high probability of success. In addition, the data stolen usually remains undetected while it is transmitted to the thieves.
Problems with Common Defense Techniques
The usual defense against threats is to utilize antivirus software and many companies have developed sophisticated passwords. However, even with these methods and strong encryption programs behind firewalls, hackers are still finding a great deal of success.
Effective Defense against Advanced Persistent Threats
In order to protect data from APTs, an organization should consider the following strategies:
Improved methods for patch deployment
Making employees aware on the dangers of clicking on outside links, and keeping everyone in the organization updated on the latest problems.
Developing an effective prevention program
Better methods for detecting ATPs
Recovery plan for dealing with the effects of threats
What to Do When You Are Attacked
Save all evidence
Quarantine the infection
Begin system recovery process
Notify everyone affected by the breach
Study what happened so you can learn how to prevent future APTs.
Some persistent threats are very difficult to avoid, but with the right programs, knowledge and information you can prevent most and survive when problems develop.
Next >> Remote Monitoring and Management
Remote Monitoring and Management (RMM) is an efficient endpoint monitoring application software that allows administrators to monitor and manage multiple endpoints from one centralized console. The RMM software tool enables remote take over, proactive monitoring, and script and service automation. The RMM tool can be setup and deployed quickly and easily.
The Best RMM Software in the Industry
The Best RMM Software in the industry is the Comodo Remote Monitoring and Management (CRMM) application. It is an easy-to-setup robust solution that hosts a number of unique features that make it stand out in the crowd.
Managed Service Providers (MSPs) find RMM tools to be a great benefit. MSPs have to manage numerous systems. Comodo RMM tools enable MSPs to have complete visibility and control over the systems they manage. Comodo RMM tools combine comprehensive endpoint monitoring and alerting, ultra-fast remote desktop sharing, powerful policy and job creation interfaces, professional services automation (PSA), automatic support ticket generation and custom scripting for automated break-fixing.
In short, Comodo RMM tool is a single-pane-of-glass solution that helps MSPs to improve the efficiency of their workflows and take the quality of service they provide to customers to the next level. The Comodo RMM tool features a rescue option (patent pending) that allows administrators/MSPs to restart endpoints in rescue mode.
Features and Benefits of Comodo RMM
A single console provides up-to-the-second inventory of all managed devices
The single console provides panoramic, real time information that allows the administrator or Managed Service Provider to make better and more informed decisions
An intuitive policies interface enables easily configurable endpoint security policies
Whenever an endpoint falls out of compliance with its policy it triggers an instant alert, and in addition it automatically creates a service desk ticket
The RMM tool enables easy transfer of files between the server/computer and the endpoint devices
The endpoint need not be logged in as the agent runs as a service
The Comodo RMM tool comprises multiple plug-ins that allow the administrator or MSP to observe running processes, services, active connections, auto-run applications, browser extensions, system restore points and other critical activities
The client machines can be directly accessed from the RMM management console due to the built-in RDP software
Enterprise system maintenance activities such as system and registry clean operations can be done with just a single click
Procedures that need to be repeatedly used for common endpoint tasks can be crafted and executed
Commands can be run in multiple interpreter languages
The Comodo RMM software features an Advanced Procedure Wizard that allow administrators to create and run commands in sequential order
An integrated power manager feature enables remote restart and shutdown of endpoints
Comodo RMM allows MSP staff to service customers quickly and efficiently.
The Comodo RMM tool features a patent pending rescue option that allows administrators/MSPs to restart endpoints in rescue mode. This is a unique feature of the Comodo RMM tool.
Comodo RMM, you must have an active Comodo One Account and have added devices and users to the Comodo IT and Security Manager (ITSM) module. Once you have added devices to ITSM, you will be able to download the RMM console and push the RMM client to managed endpoints.
- Add devices, endpoints and users to Comodo IT and Security Manager as described above.
- Enable the RMM extension in Comodo IT and Security Manager (‘Settings’ > ‘Extensions’ > set RMM switch to ‘ON’)
- Install the RMM Admin console. The console is used to monitor endpoints, define policies and configure endpoint service desk requests, and should be installed on a local workstation or server. To download the console, open ITSM > Devices > Device List. Select any endpoint from the list and click ‘Takeover’. This will allow you to download the console setup files to your local machine.
- Install the RMM client software on target endpoints. The agent facilitates communication between endpoints and the admin console. The agent is automatically installed on managed endpoints once the RMM extension is enabled in ITSM (step ii, above). Should the need arise, you can also install the agent manually by clicking Devices > Device List, selecting your target endpoints then clicking ‘Install MSI/Packages’ > ‘RMM Agent‘.